Rumor: BMW Planning to Release Z1, Z3 and Z5

Between German magazine Focus.de and the always interesting Scott27 we’ve learned that one of the fruits of BMW’s joint venture will Toyota will be the Z5 Roadster. Developed along side the new Supra, the Z5 reportedly will come with a number of engines including the all important hybrid option. Given the time-frame we’d also expect carbon fiber more than just surface deep.

Additionally, we should expect the car to look and feel like a BMW inside and out with the only shared components being the chassis and some drivetrain elements. Look for the Z5 to debut sometime in 2015.

Also of note is that this paves the way for the return of the real wheel drive Z3. Expect a Z3 slightly smaller than today’s Z4 with similar engine configurations and more emphasis placed on making it a true driver’s car – something the current Z4 lacks in most configurations. We’d expect the Z3 to bow shortly after the current Z4 goes away.

Finally there’s the Z1 or Z2 depending on who you listen to. This front wheel drive BMW will be based on the MINI Coupe/Roadster replacement and will be very similar to the current MINI Roadster in packaging and performance. Look for this no later than 2016/2017.

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  • Nick Dawson

    Rumours are still circulating, however, that the ‘MINI’ version of Z1/Z2, if such a car ever gets a green light, might be marketed as a Triumph, thus reviving another famous British sports car name now owned by BMW.

  • Andys120

    IMO the FWD Mini roadster misses the mark badly. It’s the least popular Mini variant in these parts and I think it’s because roadster fans want RWD. What if they turned the Mini engine around and inserted it behind the driver? The Mini version could be called the Mini Sprite.

    • Having had one for a year I’d have to disagree. It’s one if the least popular because it has only two seats. But it’s an exceptional ownership experience and infinitely more fun than the current z4 in any trim but 35is

  • JonPD

    As a Z fan looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

  • Hunter

    Doesn’t a Z[insert odd number] go against the newest BMW nomenclature??

    • I was going to say the same thing but I guess the Z models can only have two doors anyways so be it a Z3 or a Z4, they will only have 2 doors. However, does this mean we’ll have a Z3 AND a Z4? Or the Z4 will bow out and the Z3 will replace it? If that’s the case, it makes more sense for the Z4 name to stay, rather than Z3