A BMW Z5 model has been on our rumor list for quite some time now.
The Z5 is rumored to be the first fruit of BMW’s sports car collaboration with Toyota, which will also produce the next iteration of the Scion FR-S. While the Toyota sportscar will come with a hardtop coupe, the BMW Z5 roadster will sport a soft top. The new sports car architecture that serves both models is a highly scalable matrix that revolves around a single fixed point, the front firewall.
From Japan comes support with the electronics and optional hybrid drive for the Z5, while BMW will provide their expertise in lightweight materials and engines.
The engines range from 190 hp to probably the top engine with 425 hp in the Z5 M. In addition, there is an optional hybrid engine with up to 204 hp in Power mode.
Design wise everything is possible, but most likely BMW will stay true to their roadster characteristics while adding a polarizing and futuristic design. The two renderings in this article show us the possibilities of the BMW Z5 design.
We expect the BMW Z5 to be unveiled in 2017 with sales beginning that summer.[Photos: Autobild]