has decided to render a potential look for the upcoming BMW Z5.

Recent spy photos have shown BMW is hard at work preparing a direct replacement for the Z4 and is set to make the switch from a metal roof to a soft top. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but nowadays the trend is to go for a fabric roof as it saves a considerable amount of weight and also doesn’t take up a lot of storage space.

Based on latest spy content, the good folks over at are now proposing a potential look for what is believed to be the “Z5.” The prototypes spotted so far were quite early in the testing phase taking into account the cars lacked many of the production bits and pieces. As a consequence, we don’t know for sure whether the attached speculative render will resemble the real deal salted to come out either by the end of 2017 or early 2018.

Bigger than the Z4, the first-ever Z5 will have a long hood, sweptback headlights, wide kidney grille, along with a short rear overhang, and a low driving position. There’s also going to be a Toyota version which will adopt a different design and will act as a spiritual successor of the Supra, but it’s unclear at this point if it will use the same iconic moniker.

The BMW Z5 is expected to spawn a coupe version if we were to rely on a report issued by That one will allegedly come out approximately one year after the roadster and both will use BMW engines, except for a hybrid derivative which is believed to use Toyota’s hardware. As standard, the Z5s will have a rear-wheel drive layout, with the option of xDrive available at an additional cost.

A selection of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines will be on offer, and there’s also a juicy rumor about an M Performance variant using a hybridized four-cylinder with water injection to offer close to 600 horsepower.

It remains to be seen how many of these rumors will turn out to be true, but with BMW and Toyota joining forces for a sports car, there are enough reasons to believe it will be something very interesting.


Gallery: BMW Z5 render by