This collaboration goes both ways.
BMW has been at the forefront of engine technology for decades. Its turbocharged four-cylinder Formula 1 engine could produce an astonishing 1,500 horsepower in qualifying trim and the 627-hp engine in the back of the iconic McLaren F1 was developed wholly by BMW’s motorsport division. The carmaker's engineering expertise has produced generations of over-achieving M-Cars that regularly outperform the competition.
It may come as somewhat of a surprise then that the head of BMW’s Joint Operations Kolaborasie Experience, Hans Scherz has just announced it will be switching to Toyota powerplants for the next-generation of M Cars.
The move may surprise diehard BMW fans, but it is a financially shrewd move by the Munich-based manufacturer. Seeing as the existing Z4 collaboration has turned out so well this switch will not require too many changes to the current business model between the two companies.
BMW doesn’t seem fazed by the potential fallout from its most dedicated supporters, "we have been slowly setting the groundwork over the years for this move by introducing turbocharging, automatic transmissions and now four-wheel-drive into our core sporting cars. Bringing in a naturally aspirated Toyota-sourced four-cylinder motor is actually closer to our heritage than anything we offer today.” explained Scherz.
The new M3 will be the first to ditch its twin-turbo 3.0-liter powerplant for a modified version of the latest range-topping 2.0-liter motor found in the all-new 2020 Corolla. Said to produce north of 170 hp in the upcoming M-car, this engine could also be coupled with the hybrid system already familiar to Prius owners to offer a combined 171 hp and ‘effortless torque’ at all speeds.
The standard CVT automatic transmission will come with optional M-TRD paddle shifters for extra 'immersiveness' when pushing the limits on the track. We can expect to see the new Toyota-powered M3 fully revealed on April 1 2020.