After 14 years of the BMW Z4, production of the German sports car has come to an end to pave the way for the new Z5, which is due to be revealed in mid 2018.
The first generation Z4 was released in 2002 – originally a soft top – replacing the Z3 and whilst popular, didn’t quite keep up with rivals such as the Porsche Boxster and the Mercedes-Benz SLK in terms of handling and ride quality. The second generation BMW Z4, released in 2009, hit show rooms with a more sophisticated metal folding roof.
Z4 customers were also never short on engine choices with varying power outputs. There was a 2.0-litre petrol engine available with outputs of either 181bhp or 242bhp. Also, a 201bhp 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine was available as well as a 3.0-litre power plant available with 255bhp, 302bhp or 335bhp.
The Z4’s successor, the Z5, is being co-developed along with Toyota as they anticipate the launch of the Supra’s successor shortly after the Z5.
There has been speculation that the new Z5 could come with an optional four-wheel drive setup and even a hybrid drivetrain, but it may still be a year or two until these details are confirmed. Spy shots also suggest it will receive the old school soft top.