Next-gen BMW Z4 to be co-developed with Toyota, will receive Z3 moniker – report

by SpeedLux

Recently some fresh details have emerged about the third generation of the BMW Z4 which will come with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

Recently we heard something about Toyota being involved in the development of the new BMW Z4 and now BimmerPost has confirmed the same, but adds that the model will be sold with the Z3 designation. Further, its design will be inspired by the Vision ConnectedDrive concept and will focus on weight reduction.

The model will adopt a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration and will come fitted with a folding hard top. Motivation will be provided by a variety of four- and six-cylinder BMW engines while the lower weight will be mainly due to implementation of carbon fiber technology derived from the i3 and i8 hybrids. The same report also states that the hood lid and boot lid will be made from carbon fiber, while the suspension arms will be fabricated from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).

BMW will sell the Z3 as a roadster while Toyota will introduce a coupe version and each car will have individual styling. The new BMW Z3 will reportedly cost the same as the current Z4 and could possibly spawn an M version.

Office workers are made up of parts of the whole, working on the project.
Vector illustration of teamwork concept. Office workers are made up of parts of the whole, working on the project.
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