BMW’s Z-line of performance vehicles has been around for close to two decades. In that time we saw the original Z3, which rose to prominence as James Bond’s car in the spy-thriller ‘GoldenEye’, the Z8 (which again featured in a Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan) and their sister-model the Z4, which first debuted back in 2002.
Now, if the latest reports are to be believed, the Z-family is expecting the arrival of another brother/sister. According to Automobile Magazine, the latest iteration – the BMW Z5 is expected to launch sometime in 2018 and will share many similarities to the new Toyota Supra, due to a current partnership between the Japanese automotive giant and BMW.
According to Digital Trends, “The Z5 will reportedly adopt a more radical front mid-engine layout for better weight distribution, and there will be less of that weight to distribute”.
The luxury roadster will reportedly be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, but like its predecessor will also be available in a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. An ‘M’ version housing the BMW M3’s twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine is another possibility.
Back in 2013 BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer, said the successor to the Z4 would be built on a new sports car platform. “If the Z4 has a successor, it could be part of a new sports car architecture from BMW.”
The Z5’s performance is rumored to be between 211 and 367 horsepower. Though we know the engine will be built by BMW, where the cars will be built has yet to be determined…
We’d love to see the Z5 boast more than 367 horsepower to make it a legitimate competitor to Nissan’s super-impressive GT-R, but for now we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens.