Scott26 a.k.a. the best source for the latest BMW news just released additional info regarding the next-generation Z4. As expected, this new model will be co-developed with Toyota but what’s more interesting is that the new sports car will receive the Z3 moniker. The design will be influenced by the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept.
If BMW will offer the Z3 as a roadster, Toyota will make its own version of the vehicle but will sell it as a coupe at first. Still, both manufacturers will offer the vehicle as a coupe and roadster later. Moreover, both manufacturers will develop their own chassis. Comparing it with the current Z4, the new Z3 will be lighter thanks to weight reduction innovation, while the pricing is expected to be in the same area.
The Z3 will also ditch the hard top we seen and loved on the Z4 in favor of a soft top, in order to reduce the weight. The new sports car will also feature a carbon fiber tub and chassis, as well as key elements such as suspension arms made form CFRP, aluminum A structure and chassis section.
Toyota will also put its second-generation plug-in hybrid technology on its car, while engines will be from BMW and as expected we will see four- and six-cylinder engines. The Z3 will be the first car (along with its Toyota sister model) to use a carbon tub in its price range. The boot lid and bonnet lid will also be made from carbon fiber. [source: f30post]