BMW’s current sports car dates back from 2009, so it’s a right moment for an introduction of the new generation model. However, the successor of the Z4 will get a new name. As we have heard, the next Bavarian roadster will be named the 2018 BMW Z5. We managed to catch a few prototypes in the past, yet never the production-ready model. Well, never until today. Yes, we just spotted the amazing vehicle at the Nurburgring.
2018 BMW Z5: Redesign Changes
The 2018 BMW Z5 will be a lot different from its predecessor. Even though it’s still completely camouflaged, the differences are so obvious. As you can see, the roadster is losing the distinctive hard-top roof. The carmaker decided for a soft top for many reasons. However, we are sure they added a soft-top roof mostly because of the car needed to shed some weight.
Styling wise, Z5’s front end looks really unique and interesting. The front end sports a big kidney grille and a bumper with pretty large air intakes. Car’s narrow headlights and dynamic hood additionally boost the overall impression and makes us believe that the car manufacturer used the BMW 8-Series concept as a model. The 2018 Z5 sports really huge wheels. More precisely, these are 20-inch 666M silver and orange alloy, which they introduced with the M4 GTS.
The 2018 BMW Z5 will ride on a new platform, which is co-developed together with Toyota. Aside it’s going to cut some weights and enable better performance edge, the architecture will allegedly support a hybrid powertrain as well. Still, while the Japanese car manufacturer plans some kind of hybrid system for its new generation Supra the Bavarian automaker will likely stick to gasoline options. More precisely, all-new Z5 will rely on 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter turbocharged engines. The base mill will pump out 195 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of twist, which is not bad for the roadster. However, the more potent option will come in a pair with a 3.0-liter turbo that delivers around 300 horsepower. In contrast to some other roadsters, BMW’s next sports car will keep the manual gearbox. Of course, you will be able to choose an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
Price and Arrival
If we have the right information, the 2018 BMW Z5 will make its official debut later this year at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The carmaker hasn’t set the price yet. However, don’t expect anything less from $50,000 for the base option.