The first joint car of BMW and Toyota automakers will be the next generation Roadster BMW Z4. First it was assumed that a collaborative model will become the ideological successor to the sports coupe Toyota Supra.
2017 BMW Z4 release date
It is expected that the new BMW Z4 will hit the market in 2017. The Roadster will be produced simultaneously under two brands. The model will be similar in hardware and have a completely different design.
Release date: mid-2017
2017 BMW Z4 price
In spite of the presence in the body structure of carbon fiber, automakers hope to keep the cost of the BMW Z4 the next generation at the level of its predecessor. It is expected that they will be achieved through cooperation of the Bavarian brand with German SGL group. It will allow to test technology that will allow to create a budget carbon.
2017 BMW Z4 redesign
Bavarian engineers are involved in developing the new Toyota Supra. A collaboration of Japanese and German carmakers will be brand-new Roadster Z4. At this point, the design has not been approved yet, but the automakers intend to adhere to one stylistic concepts suggested by Toyota.
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2017 BMW Z4 specs
The new BMW Z4 will have rear-wheel drive and front engine layout. The German automaker will develop the bodywork and chassis tuning. In particular, in the body of the new Roadster will be used aluminum, carbon fiber and technology that have been tested on the sports hybrid i8 and i3 electric car.
2017 BMW Z4 video review
2017 BMW Z4 engine
Toyota in turn will bring into the project its hybrid powertrain, which, according to preliminary data, will consist of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, capacitor instead of battery and system recharging the battery from a home outlet.
The new Z4 will use the same platform as the new Toyota Celica. The main engine will be a newly developed 3.0-liter diesel 6-cylinder power unit with a turbo, which will produce 340 HP (250 kW) and a maximum torque of 440 Nm. It will compact the Roadster to accelerate to 100 km/h (60 mph) in 5 seconds and to develop the probable maximum speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).
2017 BMW Z4 pictures