The motor world is starred by numerous synergies, which have given rise to the most peculiar and spectacular creations. And it is that sometimes large brands have joined forces with others to jointly develop vehicles or simply to donate mechanical components of which other firms required.
With this premise, today we bring you 21 collaborations between companies that have produced great cars. And it is that if we investigate a little we can discover coalitions that we did not imagine but that are there.
BMW Z4 y Toyota GR Supra
It was not so long ago that Toyota announced the arrival of the fifth generation of the acclaimed Toyota GR Supra (test). However, many lovers of Japanese sports they put the cry in the sky after discovering that his acclaimed Supra was born out of a synergy with BMW.
Specifically, the Bavarian firm donated much of its technology and the engine that also gives life to the BMW Z4 M40i, a model that boasts a turbocharged inline six-cylinder capable of producing 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Although the Supra has lost part of its Japanese essence, we do not believe that this union is as dire as some paint it, right?
Toyota GT86 y Subaru BRZ
We live immersed in a world in which pure and tough sports cars have less and less room due to market demands and harsh anti-pollution regulations. However, Subaru and Toyota had – and have – enough courage to conceive the Subaru BRZ y Toyota GT86.
Both sports cars showed off an atmospheric four-cylinder boxer capable of producing 200 hp. This figure was sent solely and exclusively to the rear axle and its management was carried out by means of a manual change of six relations. They may not be the fastest in the segment, but in sensations few surpass them.
Mitsubishi Debonair AMG
When we think of AMG We tend to quickly associate it with Mercedes-Benz, mostly because it is the surname adopted by the sporty versions of the brand’s models. However, there was a time when the German department collaborated with Mitsubishi.
From this union the Mitsubishi Debonair AMG, a sporty-cut saloon that, although its behavior was quite far from the Mercedes-AMG, it offered powers of between 150 and 200 HP in the hands of a more spicy aesthetic.
The (test) Audi RS2 is not only the father of the Audi RS, but also the forerunner of the sports family. With this premise, the firm of the four rings managed to create one of the most emblematic and mythical models of all time, although not without the help of Porsche.
And the thing is that those of Stuttgart fine-tuned the German familiar by treating aspects such as brakes, suspension and engine, achieving that the 2.2-liter five-cylinder biturbo developed 315 hp of power.
Renault Grand Espace
Minivans represent a segment that is unfortunately in the doldrums today. However, they had a golden age starring such illustrious models as the Renault Grand Espace, vehicle that hid a surprising secret.
And is that the French firm turned to Nissan to order the V6 engine, mechanics that was present in both the Espace and the Nissan 350Z.
Ford Focus RS
The (test) second-generation Ford Focus RS is considered by many to be one of the best sports compacts of all time. Its strong aesthetic and radical demeanor made it unique, but there was something else that made the American compact special.
The oval firm then turned to one of its partners, Volvo, who kindly yielded its 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that developed 306 CV of power.
Alfa Romeo 8C
Alfa Romeo has always stood out for making some of the most beautiful sports cars of all time, and the (test) Alfa Romeo 8C is irrefutable proof of that. This supercar with elegant lines was born under the aegis of Maserati, a brand that provided both platform and mechanics.
And it is that the 8C starts from the same base as the Maserati Quattroporte and Gran Turismo of the time, which joined to a powerful naturally aspirated V8 capable of delivering 450 hp of power.
As tradition stipulates, Ferrari had at the beginning of this century the Ferrari F430, the faithful representative of the brand’s V8 engines at that time. In addition to a beautiful, sporty and charismatic design, the F430 had a mechanic of Maserati origin.
That’s right, the Italian supercar used an atmospheric 4.3-liter V8 that developed a whopping 490 horsepower.
The (test) Lexus LFA was and is one of the most spectacular and admired supercars of this century. It was born as a sign of the Japanese firm’s ability to create high-performance vehicles, and Yamaha participated in its meticulous gestation work.
With this premise, the brand manufactured its naturally aspirated V10 engine that would later be exhibited to a special sound treatment which has allowed us to experience one of the greatest mechanical symphonies of all time.
Surely we are facing a car that sounds like a few enthusiasts, but the truth is that the Lada Samara it is a most interesting vehicle. And it is that, although its aesthetics is neither too attractive or suggestive, the truth is that behind it hides an engine developed by Porsche.
That’s right, the inline four cylinder that gave life to the Russian compact had the intervention of the Stuttgart engineers for its cylinder heads.
It was a time when Porsche needed a partner to be able to survive and have more income. They saw the perfect opportunity in Mercedes-Benz, firm that was developing a high-performance saloon to rival the BMW M5.
From that need, the Mercedes-Benz 500E was born, which was equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 adopted from the Mercedes SL R129. From this he also finally took the suspension and wider tracks that forced to widen the wheel arches, which gave the 500E a much more threatening stance.
The segment of the minivans today is in the doldrums, but the truth is that it did have a peak. This was starred by great successes such as Opel Zafira, a midsize minivan that hides a secret that not many know.
And it is that in the year 1994 Porsche received the task of designing the first generation of the Zafira from some general lines. However, these did not take shape until 1998.
Renault Clio V6
The (test) Renault Clio V6 is one of the most exclusive and radical sports compacts of all time. In its first phase, PSA participated to create the engine, one of its greatest rivals. However, the signature of the rhombus would flee from its compatriots when facing the gestation of Phase II.
Porsche reappeared on the scene to participate this time with the mechanical section, modifying cylinder heads, camshafts and intake manifolds, thus increasing power to 255 hp.
SEAT Ibiza Mk1
It may be hard to believe, but the truth is that there is a hint of Porsche in it. Seat Ibiza first generation. That’s right, the German firm participated in the development of the engine, the same unit that used the Samara here.
However, the Spanish brand decided to make its vehicle more exclusive by offering Porsche that it could read “System Porsche”On the engine rocker cover.
Chrysler TC by Maserati
When Chrysler wanted to emphasize Europe, it decided to turn to Maserati to provide it with the necessary elements to conquer the old continent. Finally, it was in the Hall of Angels in 1980 that we met the Chrysler TC by Maserati.
Its engines were a 3.0 V6 with 141 hp (of Mitsubishi origin), and two four-cylinder engines, one with 160 and the other with 200 hp. Only a little more than 7,000 units were manufactured.
The Citroën SM it has been and will always be one of the great creations of the signature of the two chevrons. And it is that it had a series of very advanced solutions for the time, promising innovation and technology everywhere.
However, one aspect of the SM that many are unaware of is that its engine was of Italian origin. To be more specific, it was a 2.7-liter Maserati V6 that developed 170 hp.
A1 GP Powered by Ferrari
Ferrari and Formula 1 have never been distant concepts, and a clear example of this is the A1 GP Powered by Ferrari. Despite the fact that it was a car for use and enjoyment on the circuit, it looked like an authentic Formula 1. Its chassis was based on the F2004, but the most attractive point was found in its engine.
And it is that its entrails sits a 4.5-liter V8 of Maserati origin that developed 600 hp of power.
The Ferrari California was born with the need to create a supercar for these wealthier young people. With this premise, the prancing horse firm decided to create a convertible vehicle and, in certain aspects, more “simple” than other of its range brothers.
In its entrails was an atmospheric V8 that, like other models of the brand at that time, was of Maserati origin.
Ferrari 458 Italia
The Ferrari 458 Italia It has become one of the most iconic Italian brand models of all time. This is because it served as a bridge of transition between the era of the F430 and with the models to come.
In addition to a spectacular design, the 458 featured a naturally aspirated V8 engine, the F136, thus becoming the last Ferrari model to use this engine.
The Dodge Viper it has always been considered one of the roughest and most radical American supercars. This is achieved, in part, thanks to its mechanical configuration, which brings into play an imposing V10 atmospheric front, rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.
However, the first installment of the Viper had essence and strength thanks to its designer. And it is that the person in charge of conceiving the American supercar was the same one that gave life to the Lamborghini Diablo.
The Ford Puma It has changed a lot today, especially since it has left behind its compact status to become a B-SUV. However, his first installment not only presented a completely different form, but also hid a curious collaboration.
And is that the oval firm turned to Yamaha to jointly develop the Puma engine. In this way, both gave life to the 1.7 of 125 CV that equipped the American compact.