The BMW Z4 has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring
The next Z4
Earlier sightings of the Z4 have been in the Arctic Circle
The development car wore temporary headlights...
...but much of its bodywork looked to be production-spec
The new Z4 will get a choice of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines...
...as well as a hybrid option with four-wheel drive
The Z4 shares parts with the Toyota Supra
BMW has co-developed the Z4/Supra underpinnings with Toyota...
...and both brands could also be sharing hybrid technology
The new Z4 is expected to be revealed later this year...
...before going on sale in 2018
The new Z4 uses the rear axle of the M3 and M4...
...suggesting it could easily adopt those cars' 425bhp engine
Such a car would likely be launched as an M model…
…and could get its own, more focused chassis set-up
The new Z4 will use a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard...
...with a a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox fitted to an M model
BMW is continuing to rack up the miles during development of its next-generation Z4 in order to ready the car for its 2019 launch date - and these new pictures of the car entering the winter testing phase of development show the car in greater detail than before.
The future Z4 model, which is expected to go on sale in March 2019, can be seen wearing production-spec bodywork covered by light camouflage. It sits on smaller diameter wheels than earlier spotted cars, suggesting it's a lower specification model.
The latest sightings follow an earlier video (see below), where the car looks composed when cornering at pace and can be seen wearing winglets on its nose - suggesting BMW was assessing the car's performance when under load.
Powering the new Z4 will be a choice of BMW's latest turbocharged petrol engines. The Z4 sDrive30i will get a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that produces about 248bhp, while more powerful variants will likely get a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder, shared with the M240i, producing about 335bhp.
Both engines will come with standard rear-wheel drive and a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The Z4 shares parts with the upcoming Toyota Supra, and is similarly expected to be offered with a hybrid drivetrain. Such a drivetrain would likely come with four-wheel drive.
BMW's decision to equip the Z4 with the same rear axle as the M3 and M4 rear suggests its hardware will be compatible with the 425bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six-engine of those models, or the 365bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder powerplant from the M2, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
This car would be badged as an M model and therefore get its own bespoke bodywork and a more focused chassis set-up.
BMW has been testing development versions of its next Z4 for almost a year. It announced the future car's arrival back in 2015 and revealed a concept version to preview its design last year. The soft-top, two-door model is expected to be revealed later this year before sales kick-off in 2019.
Inspiration for the Toyota's design has been taken from the striking FT-1 concept, first seen at the Detroit motor show in 2014.