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BMW Convertible Concept Likely Previews Z4 Successor

Could be first glimpse of joint Toyota/BMW sports car

Conner Golden
Jul 31, 2017

BMW and Toyota fans alike have waited eagerly for any updates on the forthcoming Z5/Supra sports car developed jointly by the two automakers. We've only seen the sports car in camouflaged, test-mule form as it underwent testing on the Nürburgring, but that might be about to change.

Thanks to a teaser from BMW, we're getting our first glance at an open-air concept that likely previews the German-Japanese roadster ahead of its debut at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Additionally, the striking Concept 8 Series BMW showed in May at the 2017 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este will be making its first appearance on North American soil at Pebble Beach.

Don't get too worked up regardless of what it looks like, it's still a concept. Still, this might be our first peek at what the two automakers have been working on for a few years now, and serves as a solid preview of what we can expect to see. Purists hoping for a back-to-basics, stripped-down, simplified sports car will likely be disappointed, considering reports have emerged predicting a hybrid powertrain and an automatic transmission as the only drivetrain option.

As much as we'd like to believe this is the successor to the Z4, there's a chance it isn't. It could also be an 8 Series convertible concept. An i8 drop-top has been in development for a while, though this car's proportions seem to hint at a front-engine layout. Look for more information closer to the car's debut in August.

Source: BMW


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