New spy pictures of what looks to be a BMW Z5 have been snapped inside the Arctic Circle.
Despite heavy camouflage, features typical of a BMW sport car can be seen, including a lengthy bonnet, short overhangs and the outline of the firm's kidney grille.
It’s the first time we’ve seen the new model in the metal, although its arrival was announced by BMW last year. The soft-top, two-door model has already been labelled as a successor to the Z4 and is expected to be revealed some time in 2016.
At this stage details are scarce, but it is understood that the model has been developed in conjunction with Toyota.
Last year the industry giants announced they had teamed up to develop a new sports car platform, which, despite sharing components, would be otherwise different from one another.
These new pictures confirm that the BMW will be a convertible, but rumours that the Toyota will be a spiritual successor to the Supra suggest that it could wear a hard top. Inspiration for the Toyota's design could be taken from the striking FT-1 concept seen at the Detroit show in 2014.
Engines for the new models are yet to be revealed, but insiders are suggesting both will get their own hybrid drivetrains and could feature four-wheel drive.