While the collaboration between Toyota and BMW has been known for quite some time, dating back to 2011, this is the first real sign of collaboration between the two automakers materializing into something meaningful. Included in the agreement were aims to focus on hybrid technology and possibly even hydrogen fuel cells. To some, the Supra and Z4 seemed like unlikely candidates, but the decision appears beneficial to both parties involved. Since both models will probably go after a different segment of the market anyways, perhaps each respective manufacturer has an incredible amount of expertise and technology to be gained from the other. Of course, however, there is the argument that a shared platform will detract from the originality of each respective model, a valid concern for enthusiasts of both models.
There hasn’t been any word on what specific technology will be employed, or what power-train will be found in the new platform. Expect the rear-wheel drive, front-engine layout to continue. As far as engines go, the Z4 has traditionally been available with straight four and straight six configurations, which was also characteristic of the Supra line until its discontinuation in 2002. It’s likely that both four and six cylinder variants will be availed to buyers, and it’s probable that some form of hybrid technology will be employed as well.