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BMW Will Reveal New Z4 This Summer

The Toyota Supra's twin will get its own unveiling event before the Paris Motor Show

As Toyota readies its all-new Supra to debut this week in Geneva, BMW is taking a different approach when it comes to revealing its two-seat convertible based on the same platform. The Bavarian automaker will make a splash when it introduces the new Z4 to the world this summer at its own event before the Paris Motor Show, reports Automotive News Europe. "The new car will be shown at the Paris motor show, too, but currently the plan is to show it at its own dedicated event before then," a source close to the plans told ANE.

The BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra will be the first fruit born from a partnership created four years ago between the two companies. Early reports stated the coupe and convertible would be radically different from each other, sharing just platforms to cut down on costs, but more recent reports have hinted the cars will be more alike than previously thought. BMW will likely fit the new Z4 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 in two states of tune generating 190 and 250 horsepower. A top-rung M40i model will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with 385 hp. Production is expected to begin in November with first deliveries toward the beginning of 2019.

Toyota's new Supra will debut this week in racing trim at the Geneva Auto Show. A productions version is expected to be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, plus 37 lb-ft of overboost. Both models will send power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, though the Z4 is expected to get a manual option while the Supra won't.

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