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Almost two years ago, BMW and Toyota started talking about a possible partnership and once the papers were signed, they announced the new collaboration will bring a new sports car and new hybrid technologies for both companies.
Now, new details on this collaboration have surfaced online and they only bring good news. Apparently, Toyota’s supercar will be something similar to the previous Lexus LF-A supercar, but with a hybrid powertrain.
This new supercar will explore terrains never hit by the LF-A, like a hybridized V-8 engine. Even though Toyota was the first maker to offer hybrid cars in its lineup, it never had the courage to develop a hybrid hyper-car. However, things are about to change.
Sources suggest that the company is already testing the i8’s carbon-fiber frame, meaning that the two new supercars could also borrow elements from the i8. One thing is for sure though: Toyota will be the one coming with the hybrid technology since it already developed high-performance hybrid powertrains for the V-8-powered Lexus LS 600h. BMW is also offering a very successful 4.4-liter, V-8 engine in its lineup, and a hybrid system from Toyota will only make it even more fuel efficient.
Everything else on these two new supercars is pure speculation, and there are still tons of question that need to be answered, but for sure more details will follow in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!
Click past the jump to read more about BMW i8 – the model that could inspire the new Toyota-BMW supercar.
BMW and Toyota Working on a Joint-Venture Supercar originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 11 November 2013 16:00 EST.
First Drive: 2014 Toyota Tundra
By Mark McNabb on Saturday, September 14th, 2013
The US truck market is a cut-throat environment where sales are won and lost by narrow margins. Outdated iron is often passed up for the latest model with the newest equipment and features, leaving truck makers to revamp their lineup fairly often just to stay relevant. And the Toyota Tundra is no exception.
With the current Tundra showing its age, Toyota set out to give customers something new for 2014.
Although it’s advertised as all new, the 2014 Tundra has a few carry over parts, namely the powertrain. The interior and bodywork, however, have been heavily modified.
Gallery2014 Toyota Tundra First Drive
Crisper, more chiseled lines give the truck a tougher look with a massive grille, high-arch, squared-off wheel openings, and a unique tailgate complete with TUNDRA stamped into the sheet metal. New details give the truck a much more distinctive look over last year’s model. LED daytime running lights on the premium trim levels, the standard spoiler on the tailgate lip, and completely revised bed take the truck a large step in the right direction.
Clever three-piece bumpers front and rear not only look cleaner, sharper, and more dramatic, they also reduce repair costs when your brother-in-law jackknifes a U-Haul trailer into the rear bumper corner. Lucky for his wallet.
Perhaps the best parts of the 2014 redesign are found within the truck’s cabin. New materials are Lexus-grade, the controls and knobs are smarter looking, and the overall fit and finish is spot on. The new-for-2014 1794 Edition trim package competes with Ford’s King Ranch, Ram’s Laramie Long Horn, and Chevy’s upcoming High Country editions. Yes, it’s yet another Western-style motif, but it’s pulled off with more class and less gaudiness than the others we’ve seen. Adding to its street cred, the 1794 Edition is named after the founding year of the Walsh Ranch, on which the Tundra is now built outside San Antonio, Texas.
Sitting next to the 1794 Edition in luxury, the Platinum model caters more towards the urban cowboy. Clean titanium and black interior trim pieces are tasteful and rich looking, without being ostentatious. Below the two top trim levels, the Limited, SR5, and SR models round out the Tundra stable.
The new instrument cluster and center stack are also a warm welcome. The driver-oriented center stack features Toyota’s updated Entune infotainment system with either a 6.1- or 7.0-inch touch screen, depending upon trim level. The new system is quite easy to use with a split screen view showing both navigation and music information simultaneously. Touching either section brings it full screen for easier manipulation.
The center console itself is rich in features. The armrest features a great cell-phone holder with plenty of storage down below. Just forward of the gear selector is another storage spot with quick access to the two 12-volt power outlets and single USB/AUX input jack. That single USB/AUX input jack was our biggest complaint with the Tundra’s new cabin. Why have only one, especially when the competition has more USB ports than a DELL desktop from 2004?
Tundra’s optional JBL premium sound system, however, is worth its weight in classic vinyl albums. Plugging in my personal test mix, I was first greeted by the theme song from Apollo 13. James Horner never sounded so good. The clarity and depth of the music was simply outstanding. With the system turned off, any outside noises, rattles, tire hum, and wind noise weren’t intrusive. Only the bellowing 5.7-liter V-8 was perceivable.
That 5.7-liter V-8 returns for 2014 relatively unchanged – as do the 4.6-liter V-8 and 4.0-liter V-6.
Power ratings for all three engines are sadly back of the pack in 2014. The 5.7-liter comes in at 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque; the 4.6-liter V-8 is rated at 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque; and the aging 4.0-liter V-6 only musters up 270 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque.
Keep in mind the competition is only getting stronger with a completely new engine lineup from GM, Ford’s outstanding EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8, and Ram’s impressive Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 and HEMI offerings – not to even mention Ram’s upcoming V-6 EcoDiesel.
But with the competition aside, the 5.7-liter equipped Tundras we drove felt very capable of pulling trailers up to its 10,400-pound limit. In fact, the Tundra is the only pickup whose max towing capacities conform to the strict SAE J2807 towing standards. The Tundra doesn’t bluff its numbers.
We got the chance to tow a bass boat and Airstream trailer, both weighing roughly 4,000 pounds. The 5.7-liter didn’t feel overly taxed or underpowered at any point. Pulling onto a road from a standstill didn’t present much problem with acceleration feeling only slightly more sluggish than when unladen. The extra weight didn’t bother the suspension either. The truck stayed level and bumps were soaked up without issue.
We then tortured the suspension of a TRD 4×4 model through a high-speed off road course. Loose sand and medium sized rocks were handled without a care. The Tundra’s stability control systems were somewhat noticeable in high-speed turns as the truck fought for grip, but they never cut power or impeded our fun.
The large Michelin tires did an admirable job propelling the truck up steep hills and through deep sand even in 2WD. Turns became much smoother when 4-wheel high was engaged and the front tires helped pull the Tundra’s nose around corners. The truck never seemed outmatched by the terrain we sent it over. Most impressively, we didn’t notice any squeaks or rattles inside the cabin of our abused pre-production test truck.
Buy-in price of a base model Tundra starts at $25,920 – some $1,850 higher than its closest competitor, but pricing gets more competitive within the more premium trim levels. Both top-line Platinum and 1794 Edition start at $44,270, while the Limited trim starts at $36,940 and mid-grade SR5 starts at $29,465.
Overall, we came away very impressed with the 2014 Tundra. Toyota certainly did their ergonomics and design homework to bring a fresh take on their full-size truck. Time will tell if the changes are enough to take on Ford, Chevy, and Ram. The Tundra has never been Toyota’s bread and butter sales maker, but it has the potential to strike a chord with truck buyers and steal away sales from the other guys.
Gallery2014 Toyota Tundra Pictures
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a pretty unique – and paradoxical – car in its own right. It’s an off-roader that actually looks polished. It’s got great performance credentials yet you always feel that it could do much better.
The best part of the FJ Cruiser is that it always seems to be ripe for customization. At the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, that’s exactly what were going to get when Toyota and TRD present their latest FJ mash-up, called the FJ-S Cruiser Concept.
The folks from Toyota are all excited about TRD’s latest creation, particularly the company’s national manager of engagement marketing and motorsports, Keith Dahl, who said: “TRD’s work on high-performance off-road variants of Toyota vehicles goes back a number of years. The FJ-S is a great example of their off-road expertise.”
It’s a little curious when you hear that TRD actually upgraded the FJ-S Cruiser Concept’s chassis and body structure by adding what they’re calling an “exoskeleton,” especially when you consider how already imposing the stock model is. But with the upgrades, Toyota now has even more room to work on the off-roader’s suspension and wheel/tire set-ups.
Aesthetically, the FJ-S Cruised Concept received a boatload of new modifications, including a new front nudge bar, rock rails, and a cat-back exhaust. Inside, the FJ-S Cruiser Concept was create to a two-tone leather interior with matching FJ-S logos on the headrests.
Under its hood, the FJ-S Cruiser Concept’s 4.0-liter V6 engine was given a TRD supercharger system with a Twin Vortex System and a large air-to-water intercooler. All this nets the off-roader with an increased output of 345 horsepower and 345 lb/ft of torque, numbers that represent a 30% and 25% increase from the stock model.
NHRA Alcohol Funny Car race car driver Alexis Dejoria is the only woman competing in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. To make a splash in the competition, Dejoria took the challenge of building a custom-tuned vehicle using the biggest vehicle in the lot, a stock, full-sized Toyota Tundra.
Not lacking confidence one bit, Dejoria enlisted the help of Dale Dondel and his team at Racer Engineering to built the meanest vehicle at SEMA.
The first order of business was to make extensive modifications to the chassis and body of the Tundra. Dejoria and Racer Engineering made use of fabricated long A-arms, trailing arms, while also installing massive racing shocks, a new front and rear bumper, a new brush guard, fiberglass front and rear fenders, a dual spare tire carrier in the bed, and a new set of 17″ Mehod racing wheels wrapped in Maxxis tires.
All told, the result is 20″ of wheel travel in front and 24″ in the rear, enough to allow the Tundra Pre-Runner to run roughshod over just about any navigable stretch of desert race territory.
Inside, the modifications include NRG racing seats with custom Hooker 7-point harnesses, a full leather-wrapped roll cage, and a high-powered JBL sound system.
Under its hood, the Tundra Pre-Runner received a 5.7-liter TRD-supercharged V8 engine fed by a custom rear-mounted fuel cell.
“I wanted to do the best possible off-road vehicle we could,” DeJoria said. “I think this is going to be the baddest vehicle at SEMA.”
Not one to make bold exaggerations, DeJoria could be on to something here, especially if her Tundra Pre-Runner somehow wins the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. Voting for your favorite project is now open at the Toyota Racing Facebook page until October 29, 2012. The winner will receive $50,000, money that will go to their chosen charity. In Dejoria’s case, that charity would be Safety Harbor Kids.