Fans of BMW have been predicting the introduction of a Z5 sports car for a while now, especially since a collaboration between BMW and Toyota was recently announced. Now, BMW Z4 production has ceased—presumably in order to make room in the brand’s lineup for the upcoming BMW Z5.
The Z4 lasted through two generations and fourteen years, and was notable for the fact that it began at a significantly lower price point than its competitors from brands like Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz. While information on its successor, which is being referred to as the ‘Z5,’ is limited, reports suggest that the new sports car will be powered by a range of engines that includes turbocharged four- and six-cylinder options. A Toyota equivalent, thought to be a revival of the Supra nameplate, will likely follow the Z5’s release sometime within the next year or two.
While seeing BMW Z4 production come to an end is sad, it’s also an indication of bigger and better things to come. Not one, but two new sports cars are on the horizon, born from the teamwork between BMW and Toyota. Sports car enthusiasts are already anticipating their launch with boundless impatience, ready to get their hands on the steering wheels.