BMW Z4 Successor To Not Be Named Z5; Z4 Reported To Remain

May 16, 2017 01:10 AM EDT | Paul Urban

Tags bmw z4, BMW

Several rumors have pointed out that the successor of BMW Z4 is going to be called Z5. Well, if it were based on common sense, naturally it should be called as such. However, recent developments reveal that Z5 as its new name has been scrapped altogether.

BMW Americas Chief, Ludwig Willisch revealed in a recent interview with Auto Guide that the new sports car will definitely not be called as the Z5. He even pointed out that such idea may have been made up by someone. The upcoming roadster is most likely to carry over the name of its predecessor, which was phased out August of last year.

When he was asked about what the possible name is, he said it will be called a Z, probably a 4. To provide more information, Willisch will call it a Z4, which is not in anyway an indication of its number of cylinders. If one has to base on this pronouncement, it is safe to assume that the upcoming Z4 for may come with inline-six engine.

The new Z4 goes by its internal codename G29 that has its eyes set on competing directly with the likes of Porsche 718 Boxter. Reports also suggest that the upcoming Z4 may weigh a little over 1400kg. Its soft top roof is expected to contribute to it being even more lightweight.

The best and latest of BMW engines are also expected to be used in the new Z4. Part of this is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is capable of producing 248-bhp in the Z4 sDrive30i and a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder in the Z4 M40i M Performance.

With such vehicle co-developed with Toyota, the Japanese car maker is reported to revive the Supra badge and BMW sticking to the old name. Toyota is even reported to offer a hybrid version to make things even more interesting. It is also reported that more powerful versions in manual transmission will not make its way even in Europe, however, entry level ones may have it.

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