BMW Z5 Feeling Naughty, Gets Photographed With Top Down Next To Supra

BMW’s upcoming Z5 roadster has been spotted in Sweden with its top down alongside Toyota’s new Supra.

Luckily, our spy photographers were in position to get some shots of the Z5, marking this the first time we’ve seen the new model driving with its canvas roof carefully hidden away. In terms of camouflage, these 2018 Z5 prototypes aren’t really telling us more than that last batch of spy photographs we showed you last month, where the taillights were a little bit more exposed – just as they are here.

With the roof down, the Z5 does look a little more sleek, as its typical roadster-like appearance shines through, setting it well apart from that Supra prototype in the background.

As for what we can’t see, we already know that the Z5 will be lighter than the outgoing Z4, and that it will likely feature both four and six-cylinder turbocharged units to go with the optional xDrive all-wheel drive system. Of course, a hybrid version remains possible, until BMW says otherwise.

Unfortunately, the cabin isn’t all that visible in these images, despite the roof having moved out of the way. However, seen as how we already had a peak inside the Z5, we know all about how its dashboard layout is apparently similar to that of the Supra.

BMW is expected to reveal the Z5 later this year.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


  • Kaisuke971

    The more camo they drop, the less confident i am about the Supra’s design. It only gets uglier.

    • Matt

      I only needed the knowledge that it was a Toyota to come to the same conclusion.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    You know, this abomination is not good for BMW. Mercedes was more hush about it’s extramarital affair with Chrysler in the form of the Crossfire. Here we see BMW is almost proud of this Japano-German thing going on.
    I am NOT looking forward to this. I am pretty sure it will be more Japanese than German, which is too much of a dilution to me. Love Japanese cars, but I prefer my BMW.

    • txsupra11

      How will it be more Japanese than German? BMW is doing all the R&D. Toyota is just funding the project.

      • Ary Wisesa

        How did you know that BMW is doing all the R&D? Are you saying that Toyota is so dumb that its’ not capable of doing it by itself?

        • txsupra11

          Both cars are being tested in Germany and in Europe. The 1st mule was built on a modified 2 series chassis. The prototype coupe also pulled out of a BMW M testing center. Common sense says BMW is doing the work. I never said anything about Toyota being “dumb”. Now lazy could be a better word.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        yeah,it looks like what you say. toyota is funding the project as like they did with GT86/BRZ

    • Matt

      The Crossfire was just the already-developed 1st gen SLK in drag.

      There was no co-development or dilution of Mercedes models with that project, so not quite the same.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Ha! leave it to car enthusiast to make the notification 🙂
        You are very correct my friend, but during those years Mercedes quality suffered significantly and I think the merger had a lot to do with it.

        • Rick Alexander

          Mercedes quality suffering, had nothing to do with the Chrysler merger. Mercedes quality was already suffering before the merger. Mercedes used Chrysler’s infrastructure to produce more product, and to create new Mercedes SUVs. All Chrysler got out of the deal was old Mercedes technology. Once Mercedes established itself as a real player in the sport truck segment in America, it severed ties with Chrysler.

      • Rick Alexander

        That’s not quite right. Yes, the Crossfire was basically a reskinned SLK. However, the Crossfire was co-developed by both companies. It was built by Karmann of Germany. The exterior and interior were designed by Chrysler. The R170 platrform from the Mercedes SLK, was used to cut costs, since Chrysler was broke during this time (hence the joint venture), and building a new platform from scratch, would’ve been too costly. The platform (while being old tech) was given unique tuning for the Crossfire, to differentiate it from the SLK, which was a hardtop convertible only. The car was built by Karmann of Germany. The Chrysler 300 and the Pacifica, were also products of the merger.

    • Rick Alexander

      All we’re seeing at this stage, is a camouflaged car they’re calling the Z4. BMW seldom creates stinkers, and all of their new product of late, have been great. This vehicle hasn’t been tested yet, nor do we even know anything about the drivetrain, and already people are writing the Z4 and new Supra off as “Abominations”. Gimme a break. At least wait til’ the damn thing is finished.

  • Nordschleife

    If the Supra does an updated look to its previous generation’s tail lights I’ll be in heaven. It looks a little like that in these pics.

    • Kaisuke971

      They look like dummies to my eyes, i think it’l have the concept’s lights

      • Nordschleife

        You’re probably right but a guy can dream. Lol.

  • txsupra11
    • Andrewthecarguy

      If it looks ANYTHING like this it will win.
      Unfortunately I think we all know this is too good to be true.

      • Bob

        Buddy… I really hope you’re wrong.

  • Dennis James

    Hopefully that huge front overhang of the Z5 is just camouflage…otherwise that thing will not end up looking like a BMW.

  • Red_Light_Green_Light_123

    That front end shot of the Supra looks like a 25 year old Lexus SC/Toyota Soarer that went on a diet. Sigh.

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