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      01-18-2016, 03:30 PM   #1
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Update: February 20, 2017

BMW test drivers decided to take advantage of a balmy -14 C Swedish winter day and finally give us a look at the Z5 convertible with its soft top down.

BMW Z5 Top Down






Update: January 23, 2017

The Z5 hits the snow for cold climate testing, showing the same tail light design as seen in the previously spied prototype from the German Autobahn.

BMW Z5 Winter Testing





Update: December 30, 2016

Z5 prototype sightings have been scarce in recent months, but a more revealing prototype was just spotted on the German Autobahn. The rear has dropped some camouflage, exposing the tail light design for the first time. Finished exhaust tips can now also be seen, along with a rear diffuser. Compared to earlier prototypes, this one likely sports a larger air vent behind the front wheels as the camouflage covering it now flares out dramatically.

One oddity is that this prototype is RHD.

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Update: September 20, 2016

Testing for the BMW Z5 has advanced to the Nurburgring! The prototype also now appears to either wear a subtle trunk spoiler or have a slightly raised / curved trunk lid, as well as wheels very similar to the M3/M4 Competition wheels (Style 666M). We also get a first decent look at the Z5 interior.

BMW Z5 Hits the Nurburgring






Update: June 30, 2016

The BMW Z5 prototype has been spotted again, this time in more revealing form. These latest spy shots reveal for the first time the rear window in the soft top, which earlier prototypes did not show. Some front shots also gives a peek at the front grille design underneath the camouflage.

From yesterday's post about the Z5, with info on the Z5 from BMW insider Scott26:

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The best thing about BMW Z5 is that it so well disguised that there are virtually no clues to how it will actually appear.

But close up photography shows such details to reflect its now intentions. Such as very low nose and wide kidney grille.

But yes Z5 will be a serious sports car. It will have a Carbon content that will shame high end sports cars as well as a weight advantage. Hence why a soft top roof has now been adapted.
A benefit of pooling resources between BMW and Toyota in which costs shared over materials allows increased implementation.
The car exercises a very light and minimalistic cockpit, important for a sports car but still current with modern technology and luxuries.

Of course as for this car engines will be familiar,but the outputs will be exclusive and a manual will be available for the more enthusiastic driver. The Z5 will receive a four cylinder and a six cylinder but the output will be exclusive to this model. Therefore retaining the lightweight philosophy but for high performance. That is what the new Z cars will offer.

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Z5 is an unknown quantity as its being placed a little higher than the current car, mainly against the Jaguar F-Type. So it is a full relaunch of a new model aimed at enticing more Sports car owners from the more accessible Z4. That is why there is an advanced programme of development with Toyota on the new car as both companies can pool resources on one car. BMW see the relaunch of the Z series similar to the BMWi cars with a new genre of sports cars using a lightweight philosophy although aimed at performance rather than sustainability. Should the car initially be successful? Then we will see progress.
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We give you a first look at the long rumored BMW Z5, the successor to the current Z4 Roadster.

The Z5 rides on a platform which is being co-developed by BMW and Toyota. Toyota is also expected to build its own sports car based on the joint platform.

The Z5 is supposed to spearhead a revival of the Z model lineup which will feature more dynamically impressive and exciting roadsters. The return to a soft-top as seen on this prototype represents a focus on lighter weight, which in addition to the car's mix of lightweight composite construction, should see the Z5 come in at a lighter weight and provide better performance than the Z4.

The future Z lineup is rumored to also including a Z3 and a Z1 roadster. The Z3 will share the Z5's modular RWD platform and the Z1 will be based on BMW's UKL FWD/AWD platform.


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BMW insider Scott26 has previously provided some more insight into the potential future expanded Z lineup:

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The Z4 becomes the Z5 and will share with a Toyota as will a Z3 Both are RWD.
The engineering schematics for the Carbon intensive architecture is impressive. You are going to see so much for so little with the combined force of BMW and Toyota using all their resources available.

BMW wants to re-invent its Z series sports cars and make them as cutting edge and influential as the BMWi models by visual appearance and state of the art engineering to highlight a new BMW philosophy for sports cars.

Vision ConnectedDrive and 328 Homage concepts are the template for the visuals. Plans also include a slightly massaged three cylinder entirely unique and exclusive in the Z3 Mille Miglia mimicking the classic 328 to provide excellent dynamics using lightweight materials.

But since Toyota are using the joint architecture for a next gen GT86 based Sedan, its one idea under discussion in Munich, essentially a four dr Z model and potentially an SAV Z model. Nothing has come to light yet but it is a niche that BMW are investigating.

The new Z models take their BMW design from a progression of the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Car like the car below with a more angular and technical language recently seen on the BMW Vision Future Luxury.

All BMWs will retain the essential BMW roadster cues such as being so close to the road and the seats almost on the rear axle. A long bonnet and short rear overhang and raked rear wards front screen and a driver focused cockpit.

What I know is there is a general architecture that is modular and is different sized in each application is scaleable to cover small , medium and large applications.

The smaller one accommodates the Z3 or the GT86 replacement (or maybe a new Celica or MR2?)
The medium one will apply to the Z5 and Supra replacement .

The Z1 will be based on the BMW developed UKL architecture.

The outstanding thing is that the companies are pooling all resources so you are talking about Supercar tech such as Carbon Fibre being used in very expansive ways blended in with high strength steel , magnesium ,thermoplastic and aluminium. What I have learned it is a very beneficial feat for both companies and is currently the envy of the industry.
Some people have their nose out of joint over this arrangement.

The larger application becomes much interesting as the structural pillars and roof structure will also be CFRP. This is the larger plan destined to accommodate the next 6er and a new Lexus Coupe above the recently unveiled RZ.

The Z3 will be the sportiest Z yet combining lightweight engineering and dynamic performance from its rear wheel drive drivetrain. There is a soft top to keep weight down.

The Z3 is also under discussion to use an adaptation of BMWs new three cylinder engine as well as four and six cylinders.

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While not much is visible from the actual photos of the car the drawings and rendering on the Z5 are gorgeous.
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Thank god. Overhangs look great, brakes are in the right place and roof is a welcome return. No a/c on the mule?
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Hard to tell anything at this stage, but im glad they are finally working on it.

I dont know if i like the turn back to fabric roof..i understand the benefits of it but i liked the versatility that the current one gives. Maybe a carbon roof on the Z8? Are there even plans for a Z8? How about a Z5 M? We can dream right.
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Yes thank you bmw
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All sounds promising....

However the baby Porsche is the benchmark to beat if this is to be a real success IMO
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All sounds promising....

However the baby Porsche is the benchmark to beat if this is to be a real success IMO
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Wow, surprising. I'm excited for these new models. So will the Z4 be replaced by the Z3 and act as a MB SLC competitor and the Z5 act as a new model and compete against the SL and the Jag F type? I would surely hope so, would be great IMO.
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Excellent, looks like weight saving is the order of the day.

The overhangs a higher rear section that I was expecting makes me think of a Corvette for some reason. Still much camo to be revealed yet of course.
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That's a long hood. You could have a second trunk in the front, if you go with the 3cyl engine.
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Body cladding makes the wheels look like they're sitting far inside the well!!
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Body cladding makes the wheels look like they're sitting far inside the well!!
Or they're just narrow snow tires.
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looks bloated too....what's going on BMW?! can't make a small car anymore?! Hope the Z1/Z3 bring back the spirit of the original Z3 and Z4s
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Small Z3 RWD sedan with a inline 6... f*<k yeah where do I send my deposit
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soft top ugh.
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looks bloated too....what's going on BMW?! can't make a small car anymore?! Hope the Z1/Z3 bring back the spirit of the original Z3 and Z4s
If there will be a smaller rear drive Z3 the larger z5 doesn't have to be small.
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Glad to see that this project is still alive and well.

Given that this is sharing the same architecture as the future Toyota Supra, will BMW make a fixed-roof Z5 M Coupe? Powered by something like an S55tu?
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Why devote resources to this thing? Looks visually heavy. Didn't they only sell 1,800 Z4s in the US for 2015 and probably not more worldwide.
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Why devote resources to this thing? Looks visually heavy. Didn't they only sell 1,800 Z4s in the US for 2015 and probably not more worldwide.
Come again? Thats the only true sportscar BMW has plans to make that we know of.

The current Z4 is heavy and too expensive. Thats the reason why it didnt sell well. Look at the boxster. Was you expecting a X6 convertible or something? As if BMW isnt allocating resources in enough useless GT crap already.

If they make it right and price it right it'll sell.
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The return of the M Roadster!

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Is it possible that soft-top is for prototype purpose only?
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