2018 BMW Z5 spotted testing flat-out at the Nurburgring
Latest shots of Z4 successor clearly show rear design and taillights; sports car is co-developed by Toyota and could get optional four-wheel-drive
The Z4 successor can be seen wearing production-spec bodywork covered by light camouflaging. The sighting follows an earlier video (see below), where the car looks composed when cornering at pace, and can be seen wearing winglets on its nose – suggesting BMW was assessing the car’s performance when under load.
Powering the Z5 will be a choice of BMW’s latest turbocharged petrol engines. The Z5 sDrive30i will get a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that produces around 248bhp, while more powerful variants will likely get a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder, shared with the M240i, producing around 335bhp.
Both engines will come with standard rear-wheel drive and a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The Z5 shares parts with the upcoming Toyota Supra, and like that car it is expected to be offered with a hybrid drivetrain. Such a drivetrain would likely come with four-wheel drive.
BMW’s decision to equip the Z5 with the same rear axle as the M3 and M4 rear suggests its hardware will be compatible with the 425bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six engine of those models, or the 365bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder powerplant from the M2, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
This car would be badged as an M model and therefore get its own bespoke bodywork and a more focused chassis setup.
It’s the sixth time we’ve seen the new model in the metal since its arrival was announced by BMW in 2015. The soft-top, two-door model is expected to be revealed later this year before sales kick-off in 2018.
Inspiration for the Toyota’s design has been taken from the striking FT-1 concept, first seen at the Detroit show in 2014.
Source: Autocar Online