The next-generation BMW Z4 has been spied tied testing undergoing tests near the automaker’s headquarters in Munich.
The new Z4, which will debut in the first half of 2018, has been developed alongside the new Toyota Supra sports car. The Z4 will be a soft top, unlike the hardtop Supra, but the vehicles are expected to share both a 2.0-liter turbo four and 3.0-liter inline-six engine options developed by BMW. The German brand has also dedicated some of its lightweight materials know-how to the project, while Toyota has lent electric tech to a hybrid version that’s said to make up to 204 hp.
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BMW previewed the styling direction for the new Z4 at Pebble Beach last summer with the Z4 Roadster Concept. It will wear its new widened kidney grilles up front, which will be flanked by squinty-looking headlamps and triangular front intake vents. The prototype pictured here has minimal camouflage on the rear, showing off its narrow LED taillights and a ducktail spoiler.
We’re expecting to see the BMW Z4 debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, so stay tuned for more info.