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BMW-Toyota Collaboration to Spawn New Supra and Z7

“Silk Road 2” project will challenge the Porsche 911.

For some time, the auto industry has been speculating about therumored cooperation between Toyota and BMW on a joint project, which isdestined to father two new models: the next BMW Z4, and the Toyota GT86replacement. But now, it seems the two companies are working together on yetanother – and far more interesting – project. Codenamed “Silk Road 2,” theeffort is supposed to bring about the creation of a Porsche 911 rival for eachof the companies.

According to Car magazine, the SR2 project will foster twobrand-new models: the first, the BMW Z7, and the second, a spiritual successorto the Toyota Supra, which is to be marketed as a baby Lexus LFA, called eitherthe ZC or the ZR. The cars are expected to share a twin-turbocharged 3.0-literstraight-six engine, and hit the markets in 2018 or 2019 with a starting price upwardsof $120,000. According to the report, these twins could put out anywherebetween 400 and 500 horsepower.

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