“Silk Road 2” project will challenge the Porsche 911.
For some time, the auto industry has been speculating about the rumored cooperation between Toyota and BMW on a joint project, which is destined to father two new models: the next BMW Z4, and the Toyota GT86 replacement. But now, it seems the two companies are working together on yet another – and far more interesting – project. Codenamed “Silk Road 2,” the effort is supposed to bring about the creation of a Porsche 911 rival for each of the companies.
According to Car magazine, the SR2 project will foster two brand-new models: the first, the BMW Z7, and the second, a spiritual successor to the Toyota Supra, which is to be marketed as a baby Lexus LFA, called either the ZC or the ZR. The cars are expected to share a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, and hit the markets in 2018 or 2019 with a starting price upwards of $120,000. According to the report, these twins could put out anywhere between 400 and 500 horsepower.