At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Klaus Frohlich, BMW head of R&D told the press that not only a Z4 replacement is in works, but also confirmed that it will be developed together with Toyota. The two companies have been working on three sports cars for years now.
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BMW and Toyota have been tight-lipped about details but the two companies say their partnership will last until at least 2020. The rumormill churned out that two Z4s are in works – a coupe and roadster.
Now, a new report says the proposed Z4 coupe is gone. Toyota will sell only the hardtop version and BMW will stick with the roadster. Just a few months we’ve seen the first Z4 Roadster prototypes being tested in the snow.
What remains unknown is whether BMW will call the new soft-top the Z5 or stick with the current nomenclature.
BMW also plans a top-of-the-line Z4 M with 450-hp from an inline-six, whereas the ultimate Toyota Supra will be powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 from Japan.
The next Z4 or Z5 Roadster will arrive in 2018.