A test mule for the 2018 BMW Z5 has been spotted out in public ahead of the model's arrival in 2018.
Our sources believe the car, which will be a successor to the Z4, could make use of a hybrid drivetrain and come with optional four-wheel-drive.
Today's mule is the first Z5 to wear a soft-top with a rear screen in place, and it also gives a good impression of what the new car's front kidney grilles will look like. They appear longer than the Z4's grilles, and are joined by familiar BMW features such as a lengthy bonnet and short overhangs. Take no notice of those rear lights though - they're temporary units featured on most BMW development cars.
It’s the second time we’ve seen the new model in the metal; its arrival was announced by BMW last year. The soft-top, two-door model is expected to be revealed late next year or in early 2018.
It's thought that some of the car's underpinnings will be shared with a future Toyota Supra successor, following Toyota and BMW's announcement that the two companies would team up to develop a new sports car platform.
While the BMW will be a convertible, rumours that the Toyota will be a spiritual successor to the Supra suggest it could wear a hard top. Inspiration for the Toyota's design could be taken from the striking FT-1 concept, first seen at the Detroit show in 2014.