Toyota is reportedly looking to expand on its research and development partnership with BMW by integrating technology from the advanced i8 coupe into its next Lexus supercar.
Although Toyota is already a world leader in hybrid systems, Japan's Best Car magazine claims Lexus will use the BMW i8’s already performance-focused tech to save on costly development and testing.
But while the plug-in hybrid i8 matches its electric motor with a small 1.5 litre petrol engine for a combined output of 266kW, Lexus might gun for a bigger package that can truly rival the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder.
To do that, the new supercar would need to offer figures in the vicinity of 650 to 720kW.
Ferrari’s 708kW LaFerrari combines a 588kW 6.3 litre V12 with a 120kW electric motor, while the P1 matches its 542kW 3.8 V8 to a 131kW electric motor.
Lexus might stick with the V10 formula of its LFA hero, but we could also see a smaller turbocharged engine take its place.
Of course, Lexus might choose to stay out of the very top tier, pointing its green machine at the less powerful (but still monstrous) and naturally-aspirated 515kW Aventador.
For now, we’ll have to wait on either company to confirm plans - but we can also look forward to the less powerful and more affordable BMW/Toyota sports car already in the works.
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