We don't expect to see the convertible in production guise until later next year.

The BMW Z5 is no longer testing in the arctic, and the forthcoming droptop is now on city streets where it looks much more at home. Give the upcoming convertible a close look in this fresh batch of spy photos.

BMW is still keeping the roadster heavily camouflaged, but these new pictures give us a better view of the Z4 successor’s details. The slanted headlights at the far corners of the front end make the convertible look mean. In profile, the long hood and downward sloping nose bring the Jaguar F-Type to mind. The engineers keep the Z5’s rear well hidden. We don’t expect the ugly taillights or stubby exhaust pipes to be on the production version.

Recent rumors suggest BMW wants to make the Z5 a purer sports car than the somewhat luxury-oriented current Z4. For example, rather than a folding hard top, this one has a fabric roof. While hard to see here, the new model is also reportedly somewhat smaller than the Z4. The powertrain is rear-wheel drive, but the engine is a mystery. However, no M version is in the product plan for the upcoming roadster.

Magna Steyr will reportedly begin building the Z5 and its Toyota sibling in 2018. If accurate, we’ll see the final versions of both of them by late next year.

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