Some reports shows up recently suggesting BMW is working on the return of some Z models, mainly to replace the aging current Z4 and to expand the lineup.
According to BMWBlog and Motor.es, rumors of a new entry-level Z1 continue to be reaffirmed to be alive and well as an additional model to sit below the current Z4. Much like rumors in the past, fingers point to the use of BMW’s latest UKL platform, which also underpins Mini’s entire new lineup and the next-gen BMW 1-Series. And yes, that means the Z1 is likely to be front-wheel driven, so expect it to be an Audi TT competitor most likely.
In addition to the Z1, a successor to the Z4, a new Z3, is supposedly on the drawing board to become a close competitor with the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. Both the Z1 and Z3 are expected to get a selection of TwinPower Turbo three-, four- and six-cylinder inline engines.
But wait, there’s more. A range-topping Z5 may be the cherry on top of the icing on the cake as a large two-door. No word as to whether or not it’ll be a coupe, convertible, or an offering of both, but said Z5 is rumored to have a carbon fiber monocoque, one probably sourced from the new i8, a modern design with a long, classic sloping hood, and four proper seats. The only M version mentioned in this rumor is one for the Z5, and it may be a hybrid.
– By: Chris Chin