E89 BMW Z4 ends production, 2018 G29 BMW Z5 coming soon

The E89 BMW Z4 has been quietly dropped from production, with its replacement, the 2018 BMW Z5 (G29), developed with Toyota, set to debut in 2017.

And not a moment too soon, the E89 BMW Z4 made its debut in 2009 and has soldiered on until now with just one facelift and major update (or LCI) in 2013.

Yes, the G29 BMW Z5 is being developed as part of joint venture with Toyota, who use the same platform for the next generation Toyota Supra.

The new Z5 will still be a convertible, but will drop the Z4’s folding hardtop layout in favour of a traditional fabric roof.

The low volume BMW Z5 will be built in Graz, Austria by Magna-Steyr. Under the hood, the Z5 will have both turbocharged 2-liter I4 and 3-liter I6 engines.