It’s no secret that BMW’s upcoming sports car, set to replace the existing Z4, will be co-developed with Toyota, but it won’t have a high-performance M variant.
The Bavarian car maker’s M division has left its print on many modern-day BMWs, but curiously, the current-gen Z4 didn’t benefit from its magic touch, offering the 335hp, 3.0-litre sDrive 35is as the range topper. And things won’t be different with its replacement, as BMW and Toyota’s car will be offered as a standard model, reports Road and Track after a chat with the leader of BMW’s M2 project.
In their linage, the E85/E86 duo were the last Z4s to get an M badge, and BMW doesn’t show any signs of repeating the history. In fact, the German car maker might keep things light and simple in the future with the rumored Z5, in comparison with Toyota’s model which could be a size bigger and the sole recipient of the rumored hybridized powertrain.
Unsurprisingly, since the final cars are expected to be totally different from each other, even though they will share the same architecture and assembly plant in Magna Steyr.
As far as their looks go, not much is known about the BMW, but it’s believed that Toyota’s variant will be inspired by the the FT-1 concept.