Toyota, Suzuki and Daihatsu team up to build 1.0-liter turbo sports car

In the past, Toyota has partnered with Subaru to build the GR86 and BRZ, and more recently the brand’s first-ever electric SUVs, while a collaboration with BMW has resulted in the Supra and Z4. Now, according to an article in Japan’s best-selling magazine, Best Car, Japan’s No. 1 automaker is teaming up with small car experts Suzuki and Daihatsu to build a compact sports car.

While Toyota can still produce its own sports cars in-house, like the recently released GR Yaris and GR Corolla, the consensus is that collaboration is the way to go if you want to build a profitable sports car.

So to realize the goal of creating a viable two-door, Toyota will lend its GA-B platform used on the GR Yaris while Suzuki will donate its 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine to the process. However, as Suzuki has installed its turbo powertrain to drive the front wheels of its Swift Turbo model, the engine will need to be switched to a rear-drive mid-engine setup for the new 3-company project to deliver the best possible handling. And while the Swift Turbo generates around 110bhp, the new coupe is expected to be boosted to around 150bhp, giving the lightweight sports car an excellent power-to-weight ratio. Suzuki’s 6-speed torque converter automatic should do the honors in the drivetrain department.

As seen in the attached image, the joint project will have an overall mid-engine layout with short overhangs, clean lines and a side vent to supply air to the engine bay.

As with all co-developed cars such as the GR86 and BRZ, which use the same platform, suspension and powertrain, the only opportunity for differentiation is in the aesthetics department, and of course some minor suspension upgrades. While we can expect every automaker to adopt the same basic exterior and interior designs, we can expect to see them tweaking their styling to add uniqueness and flair.

All three of these sports cars were expected to land in showrooms in 2025, with the price of the as-yet-unnamed sports cars hovering around $20,000.

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