According to AutoExpress, citing inside sources, Toyota will produce its own version of the BMW Z4. For those who still don’t know, Toyota and BMW signed an agreement last year to co-develop a joint platform for sportscars. Inside sources confirmed that the new coupe will employ a front-engine, rear-drive layout but what’s more interesting is that both companies will focus on reducing weight.
An unnamed source confirmed that the upcoming car will use the same lightweight body construction as the BMW i3 and the BMW i8. Toyota will also contribute with its next-generation plug-in hybrid tech, which will incorporate a capacitor like in the TS030 Le Mans car and the Yaris Hybrid R Concept.
Another insider revealed the fact that the engine will be developed by BMW but for this vehicle. A source told AutoExpress: “For this car, the potential for an engine that is no bigger than a 2.0-litre is very high.”
Already embodying a harmonious combination of classical proportions and state-of-the-art technology, the BMW Z4 will see its updated version become available to the public in spring 2013.
As designed, the new BMW Z4 reinterprets the traditional roadster concept, but with a modern twist. Providing a new stimulus for the latest BMW Z4 is a number of new elements like further interior refinements, new exterior features, and the new Hyper Orange design package. Moreover, the new Z4 could be availed with the full range of BMW ConnectedDrive features.
The latest iteration of the BMW Z4 arrives around 25 years after the premium carmaker launched the legendary BMW Z1. Unveiled at the 1987 Frankfurt Auto Show, the BMW Z1 attracted a lot of attention thanks to its revolutionary door concept as well as to its agile and responsive handling. The BMW Z1 marked the beginning of the latest chapter of BMW Roadsters, which first came to life in the 1930s.
Remarkable models included the BMW 328 and BMW 507 of 1955. In the 1990s, the BMW Z3 and BMW Z8 were stunning enough to refresh the appeal of the open-top two-seater concept. The BMW Z3 and BMW Z8 have been credited for paving the way for the first generation of the BMW Z4 and its eventual successor.