A source close to Lexus has revealed that the two luxury car manufacturers are working together to build a supercar to rival Audi’s R8. A prototype has been developed, and now both marques will work towards the release of their own versions of the mid-engine, all-wheel-drive concept.
The BMW supercar will feature a bespoke hybrid powertrain which has been developed by Toyota. The plug-in technology means that the front wheels will be powered by an electric motor and the rear wheels by a straight-six twin turbo petrol engine. Lexus is currently testing a 3.7-litre V8 engine for its model, and both manufacturers are aiming for a total output in excess of 800bhp.
Lexus developed its flagship supercar model, the LFA, during the financial crisis of 2008, and produced an extremely impressive car that went on sale in 2010. It was this achievement that prompted BMW to select Lexus as their partner in this new venture.
The BMW and Lexus supercars will be on sale by 2020 and be priced at around £160,000, less than half the price of the acclaimed LFA. You can follow BMW’s progress by keeping up to date with our news feed, and the current model line-up is available now at Lancaster BMW. Visit, call us, or make an online enquiry to learn more.