Read: No Z5 M.
As we get closer to the official reveal of the joint BMW-Toyota sports cars, more details about each one are coming to light. And today we have an update regarding what BMW has planned for its expected Z4 replacement (possibly to be called the Z5). According to Road and Track, BMW’s M2 project leader let slip in a recent conversation that its new sports car won’t be receiving the M treatment, thus no need for anxious buyers to hold out for a future Z5 M.
As we already told you, the Z5 will also likely debut as a roadster with a folding hardtop (a coupe will follow at a later date), and that it’ll be powered a range of four-cylinder and six-cylinder gas engines. A hybrid variant is also very likely. As for Toyota’s coupe version, we’ve already learned the automaker has trademarked the Supra name in Europe, so it’s a pretty good bet that’ll stick for the US market as well. Both cars are to be built on an aluminum/carbon fiber chassis. Word as of now is that’ll premiere within the next 18 months in time for the 2018 model year. We’ve known about this joint project for quite some time and we’re anxious to see the finished products. Hopefully both the Z5 and Supra will be worth the wait.