BMW has been preparing a Z4 successor for quite some time now and the highly-rumored Z5 is about 18 months ago from market launch. Earlier this year, the first BMW Z5 prototypes were spotted during winter testing showing its soft top and dynamic design lines.
This will be the first model co-developed with Toyota which will make the production of this Z5 more profitable. BMW aims to reinvent the sports roadsters segment with a range of cars designed with a unique and avant-garde design combined with typical roadster proportions – long bonnet , short rear overhang and a very low driving position situated practically on the rear axle.
The rendering below from OmniAuto.it have rendered the Z5 Coupe by using a combination of design cues from existing models and a reinterpretation of the headlights. Our sources say the Z5’s design will be a bit more daring with some cues from the BMW 328 Hommage and Vision ConnectedDrive, so expect a classic, yet futuristic design that will steal the show.
Originally devised as a hardtop roadster as the previous Z4, the Bavarians have decided that the BMW Z5 should be offered in two body styles – a roadster with a canvas roof and a coupe, like the old Z3 coupe.
Rear-wheel drive is standard, but an optional four-wheel xDrive system paired with four and six cylinder engines. The top model will carry the M Performance badge which could be a hybrid with a four-cylinder engine with water injection outputting close to 600 horsepower.
The first to arrive will be the Z5 Roadster, which is expected to be presented in the second half of 2017. A year later, the Z5 Coupe will be introduced as well.