Our snapper first laid eyes on the new Z5 Roadster six months ago, and now, he’s flooded our inbox with the latest batch of pics of the BMW while it was being tested.

The Z5 — which should be the first model to come out of Munich’s collaboration with Toyota — will be the successor to the Z4 and launched in 2018. These latest spy shots reveal a rear window in the soft top; they’ve ditched the folding hard-top due to weight saving and a possible coupé variant in the future.

Looking at the front end, it’ll naturally have the iconic kidney grille, which will be flanked by a pair of headlights that could stretch over to the fenders — and they’ll likely have the laser technology that we have come to love.

Toyota’s version (believed to be the spiritual successor of the Supra...) could be a plug-in hybrid with electric motors boosting output and the new BMW might have likewise — but we reckon it’ll stick to its Twinpower forced induction that serves the range so well. Four and six-cylinder units should be a given and hopefully the M-Division will get involved later to give us a new Z4 M...