The all-new BMW Z5 is back at the 'Ring for additional tests ahead of its expected debut in the second half of 2017.
We’ve been sharing a great deal of spy content lately with the BMW Z4 replacement and its Japanese counterpart, the much-hyped Toyota Supra revival. Today, we are bringing a fresh batch of images showing the all-new Z5 (name not confirmed) while performing testing rounds on the demanding Nürburgring in Germany. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s the exact same prototype from only a few days ago.
Unlike the recently discontinued Z4 that had a metallic top, the new Z5 will make the switch to a fabric roof to keep the weight down and reduce complexity. It’s actually going to be an entirely different car since BMW’s forthcoming roadster will be sportier and less luxurious than the Z4. It would be futile to talk about the car’s appearance since this is only a very early test vehicle significantly camouflaged and with provisional headlights and taillights.
The same goes for the interior cabin that although not visible in the new spy pics, our spies managed to capture it earlier this week. As you can see in the first two images posted above, most of the bits and pieces were actually sourced from the defunct Z4, so the appearance of the prototype’s dashboard was not in any way relevant in relation to the production car. We can say the same thing about the Toyota Supra prototype's interior shown in the third picture, as that one had an almost identical BMW-sourced dash.
As a reminder, the “Boyota” is expected to enter production in 2018 at Magna Steyr’s factory in Graz, Austria. If that is correct, it means the cars will be introduced probably in the second half of 2017. Later on during the Z5’s life, a coupe will join the lineup if we were to rely on the rumor mill. The engines will allegedly be provided by BMW, while a powered-up hybrid version will get the electric hardware from Toyota.
Expect a lot more spy content in the months to come, and hopefully BMW and Toyota will decide to remove some of the camouflage.