November's Tokyo motor show will reportedly host the unveiling of at least one half of the mid-sized sports car collaboration between Toyota and BMW.
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US publication Motor Trend reports a concept of the new sports car – most likely Toyota's version – will be revealed at the Japanese brand's local show, giving the world its first look at the fruits of the highly anticipated partnership.

Unlike the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ collaboration that bore two near-identical compact sports cars, the partnership between Toyota and BMW is expected to yield two very distinct models with unique sheet metal and styling reflective of the brand’s design philosophies.

A source revealed to Motor Trend that development of the mid-sized sports car project has been underway since 2011, more than six months before the duo officially confirmed the joint program in July 2012.

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The man spearheading the development from Toyota’s side is Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the Toyota 86 program.

In March Tada told Toyota UK’s official blog the new mid-sized sports car needed to reach a new level for the brand.

“I am hoping for a synergy effect with BMW that will result in a product that none of us could have imagined; something more than anyone expects,” he said.

“I would even go so far as to say that for the collaboration to work we have to bring a product which exceeds all these expectations.”

Reports refer to Toyota’s version as a successor to the Supra, while for BMW, it is less clear where the new model will sit in relation to the Z4 and upcoming 4 Series coupe.

The Toyota/BMW sports car collaboration is part of a larger partnership between the duo, in which they are working together on electric drivetrains, hydrogen fuel cells and lightweight technologies.