Just don't call it the Z5.
BMW reportedly sold more than 115,000 examples of the E89 Z4, with production coming to end last summer. Since then, we’ve been treated to a ton of spy shots of the replacement roadster, some revealing its interior, others showing what it can do in wintery conditions. Up until recently, we’ve been calling the replacement the Z5, but that’s apparently not going to be the name with a recent report suggesting it will maintain the Z4 nameplate.
Whatever BMW ends up calling the car, we’ll be seeing it later this year, most likely at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September alongside the Toyota Supra that shares its architecture. This rendering, courtesy of X-Tomi Design, is a decent guess at what the new car will look like. The muscular, sculpted hood will sit atop a six-cylinder engine, perhaps the company’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo unit that delivers 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. A sporty front bumper, distinctive headlights, large air intakes, and sizeable vent behind the front wheels, muscular rear fenders and a nice set of alloys all combine to good effect.