The rumored BMW Z5 has been rendered ahead of an expected market launch sometime in 2017.

The rumored BMW Z5 has been rendered ahead of an expected market launch sometime in 2017.

It will likely serve as a successor for the Z4 and is being developed in collaboration with Toyota who back in November last year told Bloomberg the technical feasibility study has been "successfully completed" which means the car is now in the conceptual phase. According to the latest gossip, it will benefit from a carbon fiber tub derived from the i3 & i8 duo and should adopt a soft top but a coupe derivative could also be in the works.

It is believed the BMW Z5 will be offered with a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine developing 190 bhp (141 kW), 245 bhp (182 kW) and 270 bhp (201 kW) while a range-topping Z5 M is expected to get 425 bhp (317 kW) from a turbocharged six-cylinder motor.

Needless to say, there will also be a Toyota version of the car which will reportedly cost more than a 2015MY Corvette ($54,995).

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