If you thought that last year was the year for the BMW fanboys, then you might want to reconsider this year's offer. 2017 is upping the game after the 8 Series Concept was spotted at the Villa d'Este recently this week. At Pebble Beach is where the BMW followers’ dreams will come true, in a sense. According to sources, the upcoming BMW Z4 from the German automaker can finally be previewed after having been clouded in secrecy. We will be expecting this year to be a BMW fest, and we can't wait.
BMW axed the Z4 around August 2016 and probably, in the latter part of this year, the automobile will be given a second lease with the same label. To the surprise of everybody, a concept will be shown at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance that is scheduled on August 16-20, and we are counting down the months before we can see how the roadster will transform into what will be known as the 3rd gen.
Produced under the "G29" moniker, the new roadster is conceived under the collective work between BMW and Toyota, with the Japanese automaker set to unveil its own version of the car, likely resurrecting the legendary "Supra" codename and released as a coupe. Prototypes of the said vehicles have been spotted various times, albeit in camouflage, so it’s very hard to decipher. However, the recent batch of spy photos did provide us some preliminary tech details of the revived Z4.
Spotted this week, the vehicle displayed a soft top with spec sheets on its dashboard that revealed its "S20i" identification, with an output of 195hp (145 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Newton-meters) of torque. Also seen are a rakish windscreen, short rear deck, prominent twin kidney grille, front fender vents and dual exhaust system. It comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox, likely putting smiles on the faces of purists who applaud the brand for sticking with manuals. Most importantly, the said piece of paper also pointed out the model's start of production -- November 2018.
Furthermore, Toyota will be doing the same with the revitalized Supra, much like how BMW will be previewing the resurrected Z4 with a concept. Rumors abound that this will likely occur this October at the Tokyo Auto Show before the road-cruising model will debut in 2018. The said cars will be bearing the "Made in Austria" labels as the roadster and coupe will go in hand in the assembly line located at Magna Steyr's factory in Graz, the same plant that currently assembles some examples of the latest-gen 5 Series and that has been making the venerable Mercedes G-Wagen ever since 1979.