Toyota teamed up with Subaru to build a sports car, and it ended up with the FT-86, known here in the States as the Scion FR-S.
The car is significant because it’s the first time in many years that Toyota has injected some rear-wheel-drive fun into its lineup. The only problem is that the car is a bit underpowered. The FR-S is fun to drive because it’s perfectly balanced and handles beautifully. It won’t, however, win a lot of speed races and isn’t very refined or comfortable.
The other mistake I think Toyota made was badging this car as a Scion. It would have been better for the car’s image had it worn a Toyota badge.
Toyota’s next partnership, now confirmed, will result in something just a little faster and, we hope, all Toyota.
Buckle up, friends, because BMW and Toyota have announced that they are moving forward with the joint development of a sports car.
The resulting cars will very likely be the successor to the BMW Z4 and an heir to the legendary Toyota Supra, which hasn’t seen the light of day in over 10 years. That’s just speculation, though, and the partnership could also lead to something a little higher up in the stable, like a successor to the Lexus LFA. In my humble opinion, though, it makes more sense for a car like this to be available to as many people as possible.
Both cars will ride on the same rear-wheel-drive platform, but it’s possible that an all-wheel drive will likely be offered at an extra cost on select trim levels.
The two cars won’t share a design, and I’m guessing no one would ever guess the cars share the same bones. BMW’s variant will take the form of a convertible with a retractable hard top, while the Toyota-badged model is expected to arrive as a coupe.
word is that the vehicle in development will run on a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has outputs of 190 bhp (141 kW), 245 bhp (182 kW) and 270 bhp (201 kW).
Heck, BMW might also be creating the top-of-the-line Z5 M, which will draw its power from a turbocharged six-cylinder engine with roughly 425 bhp (317 kW).
Let’s hope for horsepower numbers closer to the 270 mark, since the FR-S has 200 and still seems to lack enough grunt to be taken seriously.
Will the Toyota-BMW partnership turn out better than the Toyota-Subaru one did?