Anton Andres / Carpix for Autoindustriya.com | January 25, 2017 11:55
BMW-Toyota sports car project continues development
The BMW-Toyota sports car project continues its development. This time around, the upcoming BMW Z5 was spotted undergoing extreme weather testing by our spies and sporting less false panels as well. Tentatively called the Z5, it will share the architecture, as well as technologies with the 2019 Toyota Supra.
With some of the covers removed, we now have a better look of the front bumper. By the looks of it, the Z5 will have large air intakes at the corners of the bumpers along with the headlights showing an upswept design. Following BMW's current design language, expect a pair of wider kidney grills. It also appears that the Z5 will follow the Z4's hood design that cuts into a section of the front fenders. This styling detail was first seen in the BMW Z3 back in 1996.
The side of the roadster is still heavily camouflaged but looking at the lower half of the car, one can see distinct character line the forms the bottom of the doors. BMW appears to have abandoned the metal folding roof top for the more traditional soft top approach. Towards the rear, elements of 'Flame Surfacing' can be seen with its distinct trunklid. A closer look at the tail lights reveal a more aggressive approach to the 'reverse-L' lights which is seen on BMW sedans and coupes.
Despite the shared platform, the Supra and the Z5 will come with different body styles. Toyota gets the coupe version while BMW sticks to the roadster body. This also suggests that a coupe version of the Z5 may not reach production. Our spies suggested that the new Z5 and Supra will be available with a turbocharged four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. A hybrid variant could also be made available once the automakers officially reveal both the Z5 and Supra.
At the moment, there is no definite launch date for the BMW Z5 but the Toyota Supra has been slated for a 2019 release.