We have captured a new BMW Roadster believed to be the Z5 doing testing runs. The 2018 BMW Z5 is believed to be the successor of the Z4. According to rumors, this model is courtesy of the collaboration between BMW and Toyota. Insiders say that the model will exclusively feature a soft roof. The collaboration will also resurrect Toyota’s Supra which will exclusively feature a hard top.
Though the model is a successor of the Z4, BMW will position it higher. The model testing was under heavy camouflage. Nonetheless, we managed to compile the following information:
2018 BMW Z5 Exterior
From the heavy camouflage, we can see a longer hood, short overhangs and a shorter rear deck. The model also looks longer and wider than the outgoing Z4. Unlike the Z4 which features a folding metal roof, the testing mule features a soft top.
At the front, the ZF also appears to wear a larger twin-kidney grille which is mounted lower on the front fascia; this will make the front fascia more aggressive. Its headlights are adopted from the current BMW models and they look larger compared to those of the model it is replacing. Though the bumper was totally hidden, expect it to have 3 openings including a wider center opening. The side profile is not that much muscular.
The rear was completely hidden and the taillights shown are not its production taillights. The only visible thing was the trunk-lid which looks identical to the Z4. The trunk-lid also features an integrated spoiler.
2018 BMW Z5 Interior
Nothing is known of the interior styling of the Z5 as of this writing. However, the interior will feature a premium aura. The cabin will have a good layout feature luxurious features. A wraparound dashboard is very likely.
A floating infotainment system mounted on the dash is also likely along with a wider center console, a digital instruments cluster as well as sports steering wheel. The seat will be bolstered. Premium leather will be the standard upholstery material. Other surfaces will feature soft-touch materials. The door panels, dashboard and the center console will most likely get aluminum inserts.
Tech-wise, expect the latest connectivity technologies including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and Wi-Fi connectivity among others. In addition, the model will also feature a host of autonomous technologies like parking assist, blind spot monitoring and lane change assist to name just but a few.
Engine Specs and performance
Engine lineups are unknown as of this writing. However, going by the automaker’s latest strategy, a turbocharged 4-cylinder mill might be used as the base engine. The top-of-the-range models on the other hand will likely use a 3.0 L, inline 6.
Some rumors claim a performance-oriented M variant will be offered later on. There are also reports suggesting a hybrid drive-train. According to rumors, the base engine will have a power output of around 190 horses while the performance-oriented M version engine will produce around 420 horses.
As for transmission options, both a manual gearbox and a dual-clutch automatic transmission are likely. AWD could also be offered on optional basis.
Price and release date
Well, it is way too early to expect any price revelation from BMW. Since the model is arguably an upgrade of the Z4 in all departments, expect a price hike. The current Z4 starts at $49,700, thus, expect the 2018 BMW Z5 to start at around $50,000.
Expect BMW to showcase the model at an international show either in the last quarter of this year or early next year. Sales are likely to commence in the second quarter of 2017.
The Mercedes-Benz SLC (previously SLK) has been the Z4’s traditional rival and as such will continue the rivalry with the Z5. The Audi TT Roadster will also pose rivalry to the Z5 and SLC Roadsters.