2018 BMW Z5 Roadster, New Sport Car from Toyota and BMW. 2018 BMW Z5 Roadster has been spotted, although it’s only the test model. There were already lots of spy shots about this newest and hottest special car from BMW. What makes us called it unique is BMW work this car with Toyota. So, we can say this car will be the first collaboration artwork from these two big brands, in sports car class.
#Updated: January 25, 2017: 2018 BMW Z5 Spotted Again, Rear End Finally Revealed. We have seen many spy shots of the development mule of the new BMW Z5 over the year. Unfortunately, nothing could satisfy our curiosity since those spy shots showed the heavily disguised prototype that we can barely recognize any elements. However, the new batch of spy photos that were just revealed recently is different.
Those pictures ( see the pictures at www.autoevolution.com ) showed a Z5 prototype with less camouflage, and for the first time, we finally can see a glimpse of the new rear styling. As we know, Z5 Roadster is set to be a successor of BMW Z4 coupe and the new model will ditch the metal roof for a fabric top.
2018 BMW Z5 Specifications
It’s only spy shot, so, we can’t say too much about it. However, according to the rumor and information, this 2018 BMW Z5 car will be the next car in Z series, where the Z4 is the current Z series you can find on the market. If we use this information as the assumption base, we can predict the engine that will be used in Z5. First, it will produce at least 140 horsepower. Or, there is also a possibility, which this car will have powertrains similar to Z5 M that can produce max 420 horsepower.
On the other hand, there is information about what Toyota and BMW will do, with the engine for this car. It said that the BMW would deal with the material and engine for this car. And, Toyota has its task to provide the electronic system and hybrid power train. Yes, this car seems likely available in more than just on power trains.
The hybrid will be included in it. It’s reasonable because many manufacturers were using this system for their new car, along with the conventional petrol or diesel engine. More than that, Toyota and BMW also developed the car structure by using center point as its main point. Z5 will be built by using the front firewall as its core.
#Updated: January 25, 2017: As for the powertrain, BMW has yet to provide us with specific details. However, it is rumored that Z5 will come with two different engines, at least at the beginning. The basic variant will get its power from a 2.0 L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine while the range-topping ones will benefit from a more potent 3.0 L turbocharged inline-six unit. The engines will produce 252 HP and 340 HP respectively. Furthermore, it is reported that a Toyota-sourced hybrid powertrain will also join the engine lineup after some time.
The powertrain details are still vague until now. But if there is one thing we can be sure of, it is regarding the M version of Z5. Since Z4 bid farewell without ever had a chance of getting an M version, it is safe to say that Z5 M also will not happening.
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Spy Shots, Interior, Exterior
The design, however, can be seen in the spy shot that we can find. It seems there will be two type of design available. First is the 2018 BMW Z5 design. This car will have hard material as the roof of the car. And the other type is the soft type roof material. This one will belong to Toyota new car that will also become the successor of the Supra series. More than that, the grille also has some slight changes. If we look and compare it with the previous series, Z4, grille, we assume that the BMW Z5 Roadster have the longer grille, which makes it looks good.
#Updated: January 25, 2017: Just like what we have seen in previous spy shots, the prototype is still covered with add-on panels to hide how the real design will look like. However, it also shed some camouflage in the rear part, and as a result, we can see the rear bodywork more clearly. The shape of the taillights is now obvious, and we can also spot third brake light on the trunk lid.
Unfortunately, the photographers couldn’t capture the sight of the cabin since the car was spotted while moving. Furthermore, the dashboard is also covered by black cloth, making it harder for us to spot any new interior elements.
Z5 indeed sounds very promising. But if the idea of a roadster doesn’t appeal to you and you prefer a coupe body type, you might want to wait for Toyota’s upcoming car that is rumored to be a resurrected Supra. There is also a rumor about the roadster getting back its metal roof in the future, but let’s not expect too much about this.
2018 BMW Z5 Release date and Price
For more information, we have to wait until 2017, when this car is planned to be announced. And, for the release, it said that at the end of 2017, the customer could start to buy 2018 BMW Z5.
#Updated: January 25, 2017: According to some reports, 2018 BMW Z5 will be built in Magna Steyr factory in Graz Australia and if everything goes well, the car will be ready by the end of this year or maybe early next year. We can also expect the new Z5 to be officially unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. But, nothing has been confirmed yet.
Even though Z5 has different numeric with the model it replaces, it is reported that Z5 will still be in the same class with Z4. As a result, the new car will have similar starting price with Z4.
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