“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.