Report: Is BMW Planning a Z5 Coupe for 2018?

Z4 coupe bid farewell in 2008.

The first prototype sighting of BMW's successor to the Z4 roadster has set off a flurry of speculation and excitement. Perhaps the most interesting assertion comes from the Spanish site motor.es via BMW Blog, which claims that a hardtop coupe version of the BMW Z5 will follow the roadster in 2018.

BMW sold the polarizing yet alluring Z3 coupe and M Coupe from 1999 to 2002, as well as the Z4 coupe and Z4M coupe from 2004 to 2008.

Our intel points to the BMW Z5 offering a range of 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines (in 190-hp, 245-hp, and 270-hp forms), while a top-trim Z5M would use the 425-hp turbo-six from the M3 and M4. These figures would place it on the same page as the Porsche Boxster/Cayman (renamed the 718 Boxster/Cayman) which comes with a 285-hp turbo-four in base form. The Z5 also shares its platform with an upcoming Toyota sports car that may offer an all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain.

While a Z5 coupe is feasible given that Toyota's car on the same chassis is going to be a hardtop, the rest of this rumor is a pipe-dream at best. It goes on to predict that the Z5 will be larger than the last Z4, positioning itself as a high-end sports car on par with the Mercedes-AMG GT, packing 600 hp from an all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain (none of which seems likely.) All of our information suggests that not only will the BMW Z5 remain the same size, it is targeting an even lighter curb weight of about 3,300 pounds.

Check back for more information on the upcoming BMW Z5 and its Toyota sibling as we approach the Z's predicted arrival late next year.

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