2017 BMW Z4: exclusive images and spyshots show more of new Roadster

2017 BMW Z4: exclusive images and spyshots show more of new Roadster

0 comments 📅07 June 2017, 14:30

BMW's new Z4 convertible is being developed alongside new Toyota Supra, and is shaping up nicely in front of reveal later this year

The next BMW Z4 is set to arrive at the end of this year, and our snobbish images show how the new two-seat roadster could look. It has already been spotted testing on multiple occasions, with the most brand-new spyshots showing it winter testing with a slightly more revealing misrepresent compared to earlier mules lapping the Nurburgring.

The new Z4 Roadster will replace the ageing subordinate-generation model, in production since 2009, and be a fresh rival for the likes of the Porsche 718 Boxster, as famously as a reborn Toyota Supra currently being developed in parallel and set to use the same stand.

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Our exclusive images shows how the new car will ditch the around Z4’s heavy metal folding roof for a lighter, more traditional fabric hood. This could betoken it’s being aimed more towards the Porsche 718 Boxster and away from softer, more urbane cars like the Mercedes SLC. The soft-top will gain a rear window for moulding.

An insider told us that “this car will use the same lightweight portion construction as the i3 and i8. And even with that type of construction, you can guess a price around the same as that of the current Z4.” 

The familiar set-back cabin, disrespectful rear-end and long bonnet remain on the new model and the kidney grille looks to be larger than perpetually.

Mounted behind the front axle will be a range of BMW’s ‘TwinPower’ turbo petrol engines which resolution be offered in both four and six-cylinder forms. Expect at least 200bhp from core models, with top-end turbocharged straight-six variants nudging 300bhp. As before, all cars last wishes as be rear-wheel drive.

The Z4 will also use the same rear axle devise as the M3 and M4, and it’s likely that a full M version will follow within a year, God willing using the M2’s 365bhp 3.0-litre straight-six.

The Z4 also provides a underpinning for Toyota’s new super-coupe. Rumours suggest it will bring back the iconic ‘Supra’ celebr, though unlike the Z4 Roadster it’ll be a hard-top coupe, influenced by the FT-1 concept from 2014. 

The Toyota model has potential to receive a plug-in hybrid model, with electric motors boosting productivity instead of a turbocharger. 

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