BMW could be gearing up to launch a new flagship car – the Z9. These official renderings – created by BMW’s Californian styling studio – were released at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the beginning of January.
Dubbed the California Spyder concept, BMW’s Designworks studio says the concept would have a folding carbonfibre roof and be powered by the ‘700bhp V10 engine that powers the BMW-Williams F1 car’.
At first glance these sketches might look like a flight of conceptual fancy, but BMW bosses have already admitted that a flagship project is on the drawing board. It would almost certainly be powered by the M5’s V10 and could be based on a development of the Z8’s aluminium chassis.
It’s likely that this is the supercar project that a senior BMW figure mentioned at a meeting of financial analysts last July. The official said that BMW was considering building such a car, and that it was closely monitoring the market and moves from rival car makers.
When Autocar attempted to clarify the surprise comments, a senior BMW spokesman played down the possibility of an imminent launch. He hinted that the project could be rendered pointless by the arrival of the M6 and M6 CSL.