Next-generation BMW Z4 will be co-developed with Toyota, debut as the Z3

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 22, 2014

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]

Topics: bmw, bmw z4

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

In the minivan segment, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is already impressive in terms of fuel economy figures – as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, the...
by - December 2, 2016
Having a blacked-out Bentley Mulsanne Speed is already menacing by itself but by naming it as the Bamford X, it became all the more imposing. This model was made by...
by - December 2, 2016
We have good news for those who are waiting for the latest version of the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. It was just unveiled in November at the 2016 Los Angeles...
by - December 2, 2016
Those familiar with racing know that Marco Wittmann’s win during the 2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters held last May was noteworthy as it was his second title in four seasons. In...
by - December 2, 2016
Volvo has revealed that while its products are used by a number of police organizations around the world, it will be the Swedish police that will get the first chance...
by - December 2, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries