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2018 BMW Z5 spotted playing in snow, nice engine sound (video)

January 28, 2017

BMW has been spotted test driving a prototype version of the Z5 in the snow again, with the driver showing off some of the fun sides of driving a rear-wheel drive in slippery conditions.

As we already know, the Z5 is set to be the BMW side of the BMW and Toyota co-development project. The Toyota side will see the revival of the Supra, although the name is yet to be officially confirmed even though Toyota was found to have registered a trademark for the name last year.

For this prototype spotting, thanks to Jalopnik, we get a taste of the engine sound. And it’s good. There’s a distinctly low, bass-like burble and crackle from the turbo engine, and a nice quick upshift allowing it to spin through gears.

Details regarding the engine options are still hazy and entangled in heavy speculation. Rumours suggest a 2.0-litre turbo BMW unit, a 3.0-litre turbo six BMW unit, and potentially a range-topping hybrid paired with the 3.0-litre unit, especially for the Supra version.

With a 3.0-litre turbo hybrid, power could be provoked well into the 300kW region, considering BMW previously made its ActiveHybrid 3 with the 3.0L engine and a hybrid package, developing 250kW without really trying.

We’ll have to wait and see. Some official details are expected to pop up late this year, potentially with a concept reveal first. Take a look below for a preview.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.