BMW Z4 successor takes shape

BMW Z4 successor takes shape

BMW seems to have started testing a replacement for its Z4 roadster. The new model, expected to be badged Z5, will continue to feature typical roadster proportions such as an elongated bonnet and short tail.

Though heavily disguised, the test mule spotted featured styling details such as an integrated boot spoiler, a dual exhaust, a wide grille and a retractable soft-top roof.

The Z5 is being jointly developed by the German manufacturer and Toyota with the latter also developing a sister car based on the same platform which is expected to become the successor to the Supra. However, both models are expected to share little in terms of design.

The car is expected to be powered by a family of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder motors along with the possibility of a hybrid powertrain. An M Performance version is also expected.

The Z5 is in its early stages of testing with the production model expected to make its debut as early as 2017.

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