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Inspired by the flagship 8 Series

The third-generation BMW Z4 combines styling features seen on the Z4 Concept from 2017 and the flagship 8 Series Coupe. The roadster broke cover at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in M40i trim.

After more than three years of speculation, which included rumors that the roadster might be renamed, the third-gen Z4 made its public debut exactly 30 years after the first Z1 car went into production in 1988. Unveiled at same location as the Z4 Concept in 2017, the third-gen Z4 replaces a seven-year model that was past its prime. Drawing cues from both the Z4 Concept and the 8 Series, the new Z4 raises above the competition in just about every department. Details are still under wraps as far as drivetrains and technology goes, but we can finally take a closer look at the roadster.

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2019 BMW Z4

2019 BMW Z4

Inspired by the flagship 8 Series

The third-generation BMW Z4 combines styling features seen on the Z4 Concept from 2017 and the flagship 8 Series Coupe. The roadster broke cover at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in M40i trim.

After more than three years of speculation, which included rumors that the roadster might be renamed, the third-gen Z4 made its public debut exactly 30 years after the first Z1 car went into production in 1988. Unveiled at same location as the Z4 Concept in 2017, the third-gen Z4 replaces a seven-year model that was past its prime. Drawing cues from both the Z4 Concept and the 8 Series, the new Z4 raises above the competition in just about every department. Details are still under wraps as far as drivetrains and technology goes, but we can finally take a closer look at the roadster.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW Z4.

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Looks Like The BMW Z4 Isn't Dead Just Yet

Looks Like The BMW Z4 Isn’t Dead Just Yet

The model itself is gone, but the name could live on

Much was made about the BMW Z4’s end of production back in August 2016. At that time, many thought the Z4’s exit would pave the way for the sports car that’s jointly developed by BMW and Toyota to take its place. That car has long been rumored to take the name “Z5,” but now, a new report from Autoguide is putting those rumors to bed. Apparently, BMW is not going with the Z5 name as we previously thought. Instead, BMW Americas chief Ludwig Willisch told Autoguide the car will be called “Z…probably 4.” Wait, what?

To be fair, Willisch didn’t explicitly say that the German automaker is all set on bringing back the Z4 name, but he did emphatically deny that the sports car will be called Z5. That much, according to Willisch, has been put to rest. There’s no confirmation on that yet, and whether it sticks or not is still up to the brass over at Bavaria. In addition to the rather confusing Z4 name, Willisch did give us a hint on what kind of engine we can expect from the sports car, indicating that just because he refers to the car as the Z4, it doesn’t mean that the “4” in the nomenclature is an indication on how many cylinders the car will have. Interesting.

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Toyota Supra Prototype Caught on Video

Toyota Supra Prototype Caught on Video

We finally get to see the Supra running loose on the roads of Germany

Much has been said about the long-awaited return of the Toyota Supra and for as long as we’ve all waited to see the car in action, I have to say that watching this video of the camouflaged Supra leaving BMW’s M Test Center at the Nürburgring has made all that waiting worth it.

We don’t get to see too much of the car, but we do hear the sound of its engine, and for what it’s worth, it sounds everything that I expected it to be. Now the roar isn’t as throaty as some might have expected, but that’s likely because a hybrid engine is sitting under its hood. There have been reports that the Supra will come with a number of different engines with a hybrid V-6 serving as the range-topping variant. Should that be the case, what we just saw may be that model underneath all that camouflage.

Speaking of which, the camouflage does its job in hiding most of the Supra’s exterior details, but if you pause the video, there are some details that are worth pointing out. The first is what appears to be rectangular headlights that I’m not sure how to feel about. On the one hand, it does point to a lineage to the Supra line, but on the other hand, rectangular headlights in 2016? Interesting choice, if it does end up looking like that.

On a more positive note, if you pause the video at the right time, you’ll notice how sloped the front nose is, almost as if it’s lying completely diagonal. Could that be a design inspired by the Toyota FT-1 Concept? Last but not least is the rear section, which is a far departure from what we expected it would look like. At first glance, it looks a lot like the rear section of the pre-2017 model year Toyota GT 86 with the round taillights and the dual tailpipes sitting on opposite ends. The bumper does appear to be much lower than the old 86 and the presence of that fixed rear spoiler creates the striking aesthetic difference that leads me to believe that there’s more underneath that camouflage than what meets the eye.

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BMW Z5 Will Be Roadster Only, Get Four- And Six-Cylinder Engines

BMW Z5 Will Be Roadster Only, Get Four- And Six-Cylinder Engines

Porsche better watch its back — Bimmer sets sights on the 718 Boxster and Boxster S

It was back in late 2014 that we got wind BMW was reigniting it’s “Z” lineup with three different cars wearing a Z badge. Finally, in January of 2016, we laid eyes on a prototype for the first time. Since then, we’ve seen the new Z car playing in the snow yet again, we’ve created a rendering of what it might look like, and we finally learned that BMW’s upcoming sports car would indeed be called the Z5. Now, things are starting to unfold even further, as BMWblog has reported some new information, quoting “a reliable source.”

BMWblog first confirmed that the successor to the Z4 would, in fact, be built alongside the new Toyota Supra, but we already figured as much after hearing the news that both models would be built by Magna Steyr. More importantly, however, is what we’ve learned about the chassis and drivetrain of Bimmer’s upcoming Z5. Despite the fact that Toyota and Subaru produced almost identical cars from their partnership, the relationship between Toyota and BMW will yield two cars that are largely different from one another. The first evidence: the Z5 will sport the chassis designation G29 (like all of the other new “G” named Bimmers), while the Toyota Supra will get a chassis designation of J29.

If you know about the current Z4, you know that a folding metal roof adds a lot of weight, but it’s likely that the upcoming Z5 will ditch the metal roof altogether in favor of a lighter power-folding soft top. The Z5 will be RWD only, and according to BMWblog’s source, will come with two different engine options under two different trim levels. The entry-level Z5 will be dubbed the sDrive30i, and should sport the new B48 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger. The range-topper will be called the M40i, and should produce significantly more power with the new B58 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six.

The rated power output for the two variations of the Z5 are still up in the air, but we do know that Bimmer wants to compete directly with the Porsche 718 Boxster and Boxster S. That means the sDrive30i should produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while the M40i should produce around 350 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. These figures are based on the output of the Boxster and Boxster S, so it’s quite possible that Bimmer could try to one-up the competition and push that output up a little bit higher on each model.

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Next BMW And Toyota Sports Cars Will Be Built By Magna Steyr

Next BMW And Toyota Sports Cars Will Be Built By Magna Steyr

Production could start as early as 2018

In the early 2010s, there was a lot of news about a collaboration between Toyota and BMW to bring a set of new sports cars to the market. In short, it was news that Toyota was planning a successor for the Toyota Supra and BMW was planning a successor for the BMW Z4, and both models would share the same architecture – the same story behind the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ. It was later said that Toyota would build the new Supra alone, but would co-develop the next Z4 with BMW. Since then, we’ve seen the new BMW sports car – dubbed the Z5 – testing under heavy camo, and we’ve seen what may have been a preview of the new Supra when Toyota debuted the 2014 Toyota FT-1 concept.

Now, German news outlet Kleinezeitung has announced that both brand’s models will be built by independent vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr – the Austria-based plant that currently builds the Mercedes G-Class, Mini Countryman, and Mini Paceman. According to the German new outlet, the Z5 is set to go into production first, with the successor to the Supra to follow shortly thereafter. Furthermore, it was said that annual production would be somewhere around 60,000 units for each model.

As of now, BMW has confirmed that it had plans to start building a new model at Magna’s plant in 2018 but had yet to disclose which model. That said, it’s quite possible that the new Z5 will be the model that starts production in 2018. For now, the successor to the Supra remains unnamed, but expect it to start production in late 2018 or early 2019. Based on the spy shots of the Z5, we know that it will be a soft top roadster and will be rear-wheel drive. As for the Supra, we expect it to at least be a hybrid that uses technology from Toyota’s recent WEC developments. The proverbial cat is practically out of the bag for now, so stay tuned for more updates on the collaboration between BMW and Toyota.

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BMW Z1, Z3 and Z5 in the Works

BMW Z1, Z3 and Z5 in the Works

BMW appears to be in the process of turning the spotlight to its Z Series after a report by Motor.es suggests that the German company wants to reignite the lineup to create three new models wearing the "Z" badge. According to the Motor.es report, BMW is considering fielding an entire lineup of Z models, covering three separate units that will be differentiated from one another in some form or capacity.

The smallest of these new models is the Z1, which we haven’t seen since 1991. The new Z1, which will be built in both coupe and roadster versions, is expected to use BMW’s UKL1 platform, the same platform used by the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the new Mini Cooper. This makes sense because it’s going to help Bimmer cut production costs knowing that it has a modular architecture that is versatile enough to tweak depending on the model using it. The new Z1 is also reportedly getting three- and four-cylinder engines to go with a front-wheel-drive system.

Moving to the Z3, it appears that BMW is juggling with the idea of developing the sports car to be a direct competitor to the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. Like the Z1, the Z3 will also be offered as a coupe and a roadster and will be characterized by a lightweight design to take advantage of the bevy of powertrain options the company plans to give it, including three-, four-, and six-cylinder engines.

The other big news surrounding the new Z3 is that it will reportedly be built in collaboration with Toyota’s own development of the second-generation GT 86. We haven’t heard this news before so it definitely has us intrigued about the possibilities of the new GT 86 getting some form of input from BMW.

Last but not least is the oft-rumored BMW Z5. It’s no secret that BMW wants a sports roadster to compete against the likes of the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes-AMG GT. The Z5 could become that car. Motor.es touched on some rumors we discussed back in July 2014, including the joint development of the sports roadster by BMW and Toyota and the German’s plan to introduce the Z5 as a replacement model to the Z4.

Turns out, the Z5 will reportedly carry the same classic proportions attributed to the Z Series, including the long hood and the large headlamps that will be attached to the front kidney grille. The Z5 will also be offered as a coupe and roadster and will reportedly feature four- and six-cylinder engines with power numbers ranging from 270 horsepower to 400 horsepower. A top-of-the-line, 500-horsepower hybrid model is also part of BMW’s plans for the Z5.

Most importantly, the BMW Z5 is the first car of the BMW-Toyota partnership that will hit the market, possibly around 2017.

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