The first car to come out of BMW and Toyota’s joint engineering efforts, the BMW Z4, will reveal itself at the Monterey Car Week in August.
BMW 3 Series cars have been at the top in their class in terms of driving pleasure. Toyota, on the other hand, is mostly known for making boring cars that just don’t die. It’s not like Toyota has no experience in making fun cars. They have the GT86 and the famous 10-second orange Supra that we saw in the Fast and Furious movie.
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A fun-to-drive car that’s also reliable as hell is a recipe for success. That’s the reason behind the Toyota and BMW partnership. Rumours suggest that Toyota will end up with the next-generation of the, now dead, Supra, out of the relationship. The Germans are counting on Toyota’s reliability factor to replace their compact roadster, the Z4, and see big numbers.
According to the latest tips, the BMW Z4 will have its first Kodak moment at the Monterey Car Week to be held in August at Pebble Beach, California.
The Z4 is BMW’s tiny little roadster with a front-mid engine and rear-wheel drive layout and a soft top. It goes up against the Mazda MX-5 ‘Miata’. The Toyota GT86, a.k.a. Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S, also falls in the same bracket. They’ve both fallen victims to the Miata’s success, and the GT86 is the last one standing still defending its turf with a 4-cylinder boxer engine.
The Miata delivers great driving pleasure while still offering the famed Japanese reliability. The two companies’ joint effort should arm them with adequate ammo to deal with the Miata.
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BMW Z4 Will Come To India In 2018
Just like the Miata and the GT86, the BMW Z4 will also carry small engine but wear a slightly higher price tag. The upcoming 2018 BMW Z4 could pack a 2.0-litre turbo engine with about 200-odd horses and about 320Nm of twist. If the two giants can get their cars to shed some weight, then it should be enough to tackle the Miata’s 155 horses.
On the Toyota side, the car to come out of this friendship is expected to go on sale alongside the GT86 instead of replacing it. The driving experience is rumoured to be ‘different’, and, therefore, not cause any cannibalisation. There are speculations that the Toyota’s variant could be the next-generation Supra.
Neither the Toyota car nor the Miata is in sight for Indians at least in the foreseeable future, but the BMW Z4 could land on our shores. With some heavy import duties and taxes, it could end up in the Rs. 80-90 lakh price bracket when it goes on sale in India by the end of 2018.
Updated on 17/08/2017-
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