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Ahead of its scheduled unveiled today, the new BMW Concept Z4 has been leaked on the Internet. The last Z-model was released almost nine years ago, …



Ahead of its scheduled unveiled today, the new BMW Concept Z4 has been leaked on the Internet. The last Z-model was released almost nine years ago, and the BMW Z4 Concept is finally back again with a bold design. The concept study of the new two-seater from Munich will be celebrating its world debut today at the 2017 the Concours d’Elegance Pebble Beach and was not only eagerly awaited by BMW enthusiasts all over the world, but also by many Japanese customers – the BMW Z4 G29 represent the technical basis of the new Toyota Supra J29 and thus provides some indications as to the cornerstones of the upcoming Nippon sports car.



Both in Europe and in Asia, the focus is on the essentials of a roadster – a long bonnet, a compact interior with space for two people and a short rear end which is indispensable, above all, in relation to the driving pleasure. Compared to previous Z models, the hood and overhangs are somewhat shorter, the occupants tend to be slightly more advanced than before. All side-dominant design features point towards the driven rear wheels, emphasizing the agility of the BMW Z4.







20-inch wheels and the matte paint finish in Frozen Energetic Orange all contribute to the fact that the BMW Z4 will attract a lot of attention among the rare cars of the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach. The narrow, L-shaped taillights look futuristic and deflect the eye on the rear spoiler integrated into the trunk hood.



The cockpit of the 2018 BMW Z4 Concept was designed primarily for an optimal driving experience. The cockpit is clearly oriented to the driver, a large free-standing infotainment touchscreen is practically at a height with the full-digital instrument display behind the steering wheel and a head-up display provides another way to display information to the driver.
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As usual, BMW does not express itself as a driving force behind the concept car. Finally, the focus of the study is on design. An open secret, however, is that the serial vehicle planned for 2018 will provide both variants of the turbo four-cylinder engine B48 and the six-cylinder petrol engine B58 for propulsion.
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Artist publishes rendering of a BMW Z4 Coupe Concept


















How come most of the coolest cars remain only in our imaginations? This week, BMW introduced the Z4 Concept at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and artists have already bombarded the internet with their own variations of the hot roadster - just like this BMW Z4 Coupe Concept. These artists are not just playing with the Z4 as a convertible, but as a coupe with a fixed roof as you can see in this X-Tomi Design rendering.

We already know that if the Z4 concept turns into a production car, it will most likely not include a metal roof. This means that if you are looking for a hard top version, then you will have to settle for a Toyota Supra instead. And speaking of the Japanese model, this rendering is a little close to what it is.
If you compare the rendering to the actual Z4 concept, you would notice that 80 percent of the design cues remain. This includes the mesh kidney grille, the vertically oriented headlights, and the M-style wheels. The biggest upgrade is that the rendering gets a fixed roof, making it look much sportier than it already does. Lastly, the artist gave it a matte red finish that makes it look even more aggressive.
Adrian van Hooydonk of the BMW Group Design said in his statement that the Z4 Concept is a preview of what is to come for future BMW vehicles in terms of design and in all other details. This extends from the dynamic front fascia all the way to the lines of the rear. The lines and the contrast between surfaces are enough to give a sense of power and emotion.
Since BMW has not said anything about the engine options of the Z4 concept yet, we cannot confirm anything. But there have been rumours suggesting that the roadster will come with a four-cylinder engine with 195 horsepower (145 kilowatts) for the entry level model, while a more powerful option will have an output of 248 horsepower (185 kW). Lastly, there might also be an inline-six that can carry out 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) for those who seek more speed. These engine options can also be paired with either an automatic or a manual gearbox, unlike the Toyota Supra that will only be available with an automatic version.
Having said that, would you rather choose a BMW Z4 Concept over a Toyota Supra? Or would you not go for either one and just hope for a Z4 Coupe like the one rendered here
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BMW: Z4, Supra will drive differently
















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The partnership won't lead to lazy badge-engineering.
BMW joined forces with Toyota to develop the next-generation Z4. The convertible will share its chassis and at least a few mechanical components with the born-again Toyota Supra. The similarities will stop there, however.


One of the company's executives stressed the Z4 will still be "an ultimate driving machine." He added the point of the partnership with Toyota was economies of scale, not badge-engineering.

"Product development of each and every car costs you a couple of billion dollars, and the roadster segment is unfortunately declining over the last couple of years. Not only for us, but each and every manufacturer," explained Marc Werner, the CEO of BMW's Australian division, in an interview with CarAdvice.

We already knew the two cars would look different because we've seen spy shots of both; the BMW looks like the Concept Z4 (pictured), while the Toyota resembles the FT-1 concept. Werner promised they're being fine-tuned to deliver a completely different driving experience.

"As far as the design is concerned, it will be absolutely unique. Not only in terms of design, but how they drive and how they handle," he explained. Read between the lines, and his comments all but confirm the cousins will receive different engines.

We could see the Toyota Supra as a thinly-veiled concept later this month at the Tokyo Auto Show. A debut date for the Z4 hasn't been set yet, but next year's Geneva Auto Show is a likely venue.
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2019 BMW Z4 With Production Lights Stays Close To The Concept




BMW is putting the final touches to the new Z4, including its production lights which give us a much clear look on what the new Bavarian roadster will look like.

With the addition of the production head and taillights, we’re happy to report that the new BMW Z4 will remain close to the concept’s design, something that sadly isn’t always the case.

Codenamed the G29, the new generation of the Z4 rides on a new platform that’s also shared with the much anticipated Toyota Supra. The platform has been engineered to support electrified powertrains as well as all-wheel drive systems but the Z4 will also come in more classic flavors.

Entry-level Z4 sDrive20i models will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit paired to a manual six-speed gearbox, reportedly delivering a solid 194hp and 236lb-ft of torque (320Nm). A more powerful version of the same engine will also be offered in the sDrive30i models. A six-cylinder B58 engine will find its way in the M40i version, which will be the range-topper until BMW decides to give us a proper Z4 M once again.

BMW is set to put the new Z4 into production in November 2018, with the more powerful iterations to show up on a later date.

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How much horsepower will the top-spec M40i have?
We already know BMW's M division won't get its hands on the upcoming Z4. The top-spec model will wear the M40i emblem, and a recent report suggests it could offer two different power outputs.



BMW is testing two variants of the M40i, according to enthusiast website BMW Blog. The first uses a 3.0-liter straight-six called B58M1 internally and tuned to produce 335 horsepower; the second uses another 3.0-liter straight-six named B5801 rated at 385 horsepower.

There are several ways to explain the power difference between the two six-cylinder engines. As BMW Blog notes, the one with the higher output could be for power-hungry markets like the United States, while the one with the lower output could be for Europe, where tight emissions regulations compounded with expensive gasoline and high, power-based registration taxes could make the 385-horsepower model a tough sell.

Although pure speculation, the 385-horsepower engine could be part of a Competition Package that will also bring a tighter suspension, bigger brakes, and a few components made out of carbon fiber. If that's the case, that means the base Z4 M40i will get a 335-horsepower six.

We'll learn more about the 2018 BMW Z4 in the coming months. It's expected to look a lot like the Concept Z4 (pictured) when it makes its debut next year at the Geneva Auto Show.
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It was in 2011 that we first caught wind of BMW and Toyota’s plans to jointly develop a “mid-size sports car platform” to spawn replacements for their respective Z4 and Supra models.
Today we have new spy shots plus video of a prototype for the BMW which was previously thought to be called a Z5. BMW has since confirmed the car will be retaining the Z4 name of its predecessor.
The automaker has also previewed the design with the Z4 concept unveiled during August’s 2017 Monterey Car Week.
The spy shots confirm the concept’s wide, protruding nose and set of narrow headlights will make it into production. The sleek design is also reminiscent of what we saw on BMW’s 8-Series concept unveiled during May’s 2017 Concourso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este.
The shots also reveal that the redesigned Z4 will ditch the retractable hard-top of the current model in favor of a more traditional soft-top roof. This should reduce weight and enable the car to be more agile in the corners.
In the powertrain department, we can expect 2.0- and 3.0-liter inline engines with turbocharging. The 2.0-liter engine should have about 248 horsepower and the 3.0-liter close to 350 hp.
BMW Z4 Concept

While there’s been talk of hybrid technology being used, BMW will likely forgo this to differentiate the Z4 from Toyota’s Supra successor which has also been spied and is expected to offer a gasoline-electric option. Sadly, we’ve heard there’s no plan for a BMW Z4 M.
Look for the debut of the new Z4 in early 2018. It should arrive as a 2019 model and with a starting price slightly higher than the $50k figure of the current Z4.
As for the new Supra, Toyota has already previewed the car with its series of FT-1 concepts. Though yet to be confirmed, it’s thought the jointly developed models will also be built together, at a Magna-Steyr plant in Austria. Sharing a production facility makes sense considering the low volumes of pricey sports cars.

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It was in 2011 that we first caught wind of BMW and Toyota’s plans to jointly develop a “mid-size sports car platform” to spawn replacements for their respective Z4 and Supra models.

Today we have new spy shots plus video of a prototype for the BMW model, previously thought to be called a Z5. BMW has since confirmed the car will be retaining the Z4 name of its predecessor.

The automaker has also previewed the design with the Z4 concept unveiled during last August’s 2017 Monterey Car Week in California.

The spy shots confirm the concept’s wide, protruding nose and set of narrow headlights will make it into production. The sleek design is also reminiscent of what we saw on BMW’s 8-Series concept unveiled during last May’s 2017 Concourso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este in Italy.
The shots also reveal that the redesigned Z4 will ditch the retractable hard-top of the current model in favor of a more traditional soft-top roof. This should reduce weight and enable the car to be more agile in the corners.
In the powertrain department, we can expect 2.0- and 3.0-liter inline engines with turbocharging. The 2.0-liter engine should have about 248 horsepower and the 3.0-liter close to 350 hp.



While there’s been talk of hybrid technology being used, BMW will likely forgo this to differentiate the Z4 from Toyota’s Supra successor which has also been spied and is expected to offer a gasoline-electric option. Sadly, we’ve heard there’s no plan for a BMW Z4 M. The Z4 has always been a bit of a hairdresser's car, so perhaps the M division will only be interested if a lighter, stiffer Z4 coupe is produced, though that isn't looking likely.
Look for the debut of the new Z4 later this year. It should arrive as a 2019 model and with a starting price slightly higher than the $50k figure of the current Z4.
As for the new Supra, Toyota has already previewed the car with its series of FT-1 concepts. Though yet to be confirmed, it’s thought the jointly developed models will also be built together, at a Magna-Steyr plant in Austria. Sharing a production facility makes sense considering the low volumes of pricey sports cars.
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2019 BMW Z4 shows off production grille and lights

It sort of looks like a baby 8 Series.





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It seems the BMW Z4 is getting close to the end of testing. The spy shots above show the new two-seat roadster with less camouflage than ever before, letting us get a good glimpse of its body work. It's a taut little convertible with smooth, elegant sheet metal, plus the long hood and short deck the Z series of cars is known for.

We also get a really good look at the the car's grille and lights. The grille is particularly intriguing as it doesn't feature the vertical slats BMW has become known for. Instead is has an interesting mesh pattern. On either side are headlights that appear to have LED projector lamps and some very geometric running lights. The wide taillights have large LED section for the main red lights that wrap around the edges and push forward.

Stepping back to evaluate the overall shape of the car again, the Z4 is certainly more subdued compared to the concept shown at Pebble Beach. The side vents are extremely subtle now, and the lower grilles have shrunk down drastically. It's generally less curvy, too. Interestingly, the more restrained production sheet metal does make the Z4 look very much like a scaled-down 8 Series. The 8 Series also looks fairly clean and conservative.

We expect the production Z4 to make its debut sometime this year as a 2019 model. It will be available with both turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines. We've heard that BMW is trying out different versions of the six-cylinder also.
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BMW Will Reveal New Z4 This Summer
The Toyota Supra's twin will get its own unveiling event before the Paris Motor Show

As Toyota readies its all-new Supra to debut this week in Geneva, BMW is taking a different approach when it comes to revealing its two-seat convertible based on the same platform. The Bavarian automaker will make a splash when it introduces the new Z4 to the world this summer at its own event before the Paris Motor Show, reports Automotive News Europe. "The new car will be shown at the Paris motor show, too, but currently the plan is to show it at its own dedicated event before then," a source close to the plans told ANE.


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The BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra will be the first fruit born from a partnership created four years ago between the two companies. Early reports stated the coupe and convertible would be radically different from each other, sharing just platforms to cut down on costs, but more recent reports have hinted the cars will be more alike than previously thought. BMW will likely fit the new Z4 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 in two states of tune generating 190 and 250 horsepower. A top-rung M40i model will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with 385 hp. Production is expected to begin in November with first deliveries toward the beginning of 2019.


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Toyota's new Supra will debut this week in racing trim at the Geneva Auto Show. A productions version is expected to be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, plus 37 lb-ft of overboost. Both models will send power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, though the Z4 is expected to get a manual option while the Supra won't.
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NEWS SPIED! BMW Z4 CAUGHT LOOKING NEARLY PRODUCTION-READY ON THE ‘RING



Expect an official reveal sometime this summer

Toyota certainly disappointed fans when it brought a Supra race car concept to the Geneva Motor Show, only to announce we won’t see the road car until next year. But according to the latest rumor, BMW fans won’t have to wait nearly as long to see the Supra’s platform-mate. Supposedly, we’ll see the production Z4 sometime this summer. From what we can see in these images, there isn’t much left to do before the Z4 is ready.






Technically, this prototype is still camouflaged, but the swirls don’t do much to hide the production bodywork. Look closely, and you can see everything from the grille to the intakes, headlights, and even the creases in the sheet metal. Compared to the Z4 concept, the production car isn’t quite as aggressively styled. But like previous spy shots have shown, the major design elements all appear to still be intact. The front clearly features a wide, thin grille and angular headlights, with a cooling vent behind the front wheels and a strong character line stretching back toward the taillights. We don’t see as large of a spoiler, and the stylized exhaust tips have been swapped out in favor of conventional round pipes, but BMW deserves credit for sticking closely to the concept.




Despite BMW’s attempts to cover it up, our photographer was also able to get a few shots of the interior once the driver dropped the top. A few details may change by the time the Z4 goes on sale, but the cabin looks just as production-ready as the rest of the car. Designers appear to have stuck with the same basic layout for the dash and center console that the rest of the current BMW lineup uses. The digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen do look freshly updated, and the climate controls have been relocated.




If we had to guess, we’d say this is probably the entry-level four-cylinder version. A turbocharged inline-six is also reportedly in the works, but we’d expect that version to include features such as an Individual drive mode setting and adaptive cruise control. Both appear to be missing on this particular prototype.

Make sure you check out the rest of the gallery below, then head to Facebook to let us know what you think of the redesigned BMW Z4.
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2019 BMW Z4 M40i Announced, Promises To Be A “Purebred Roadster”


BMW has released the first pictures and video of the 2019 Z4 Roadster.

Previewed by last year’s Z4 concept, the production model is currently undergoing final testing and BMW says the roadster will “soon go out on public roads.” The company also promised the car will be instantly recognizable as a “purebred roadster” as it features a long hood, short overhangs, a low center of gravity and a traditional soft top.


A closer examination of the photos reveals the range-topping Z4 M40i will have an aggressive front bumper and a distinctive grille featuring Y-shaped inserts. Moving further back, we can see a rakish windscreen and front fender vents. Designers also installed slender taillights, a dual exhaust system and a ventilated rear fascia.

BMW was tight-lipped on specifics but confirmed the Z4 M40i will feature a new six-cylinder engine which is “extremely powerful.” The company declined to mention numbers but previous reports have suggested the model will use a twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine that develops around 385 PS (283 kW / 380 hp).
Regardless of the engine’s final rating, BMW confirmed the Z4 M40i will come equipped with a lowered sports suspension that has electronically controlled dampers. The car will also have a new front axle, a high-performance braking system and a locking rear differential. Other highlights include lightweight alloy wheels with mixed tires.
The automaker was coy on additional information but said testing has revealed the new Z4 will offer a “tangible increase in sporty flair.” In particular, the company says the model will be more agile and precise while still remaining comfortable.

According to BMW suspension guru Jos van As, “The vehicle concept of the new BMW Z4 is geared consistently towards agility and driving dynamics. The high level of body stiffness and the very rigid suspension attachment provide the perfect basis for a set-up that guarantees the performance qualities of a genuine sports car in terms of steering precision as well as longitudinal and transverse acceleration.”
BMW declined to say when the Z4 will be unveiled but previous reports have suggested the car could be introduced this summer. It should then make an appearance at the Paris Motor Show in the fall.


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2020 BMW Z4 Prototype First Drive| Roadster fans, rejoice

Behind the wheel of BMW’s ragtop Hail Mary effort





MIRAMAS, France - The sun is warm, the breezes are cool, and the road is winding. All is well in the south of France, particularly when driving the 2019 BMW Z4 prototype – a new roadster coming to market in spite of the public's seemingly insatiable appetite for lumbering crossovers and coupe-ified hardtops.

It's safe to say the car I'm testing wouldn't exist without BMW's technical partnership with Toyota, which trades hybrid drivetrain technology for a sporty platform that will be shared with the Japanese manufacturer's upcoming Supra. That means some things have changed. For starters the old model's retractable hardtop is gone, replaced with a simple folding soft top that helps trim weight and lower the center of gravity, and takes 10 seconds to deploy at speeds up to 31 mph. Another added benefit: the 9.35-gallon trunk volume remains unchanged, regardless of top position. Some of the Z4's weight savings from aluminum construction are ameliorated by chassis reinforcements in the form of cross members increases torsional stiffness 20 percent. Though the Z4's wheelbase shrinks about an inch, front and rear track are wider, width increases by 2.8 inches and bumper-to-bumper length extends by 3.2 inches. Despite the dimensional gains, overall mass remains essentially the same, at 3,384 lbs.

Power comes from the same single turbo, twin-scroll 3.0-liter B58 straight-6 engine you'll find in Bimmers like the M240i, with Z4-specific calibration. But unlike the European version which gets stuck with a particulate filter for their tighter emissions rules, Stateside-bound Z4s will enjoy a juicy 50 horsepower gain which bring total output to 382 hp, while torque is a thumpy 369 lb-ft.



My time at BMW's private Miramas test circuit kicked off with familiarization laps in an M2 and M240i, worthy steeds for benchmarking the diminutive Z4 roadster. Unlike the coupes which are saddled with the weight and dimensions of small rear seats, the Z4's cockpit is more driver-centric, with a new TFT dashboard and uncomplicated switchgear that includes BMW's familiar transmission tunnel-mounted Comfort/Sport/Sport+ rocker switch. The control manages variables like throttle response, the ZF 8-speed's shift behavior, valving on the adjustable shock system, and the electronic differential's power delivery and torque vectoring characteristics.

In its baseline setup, the Z4 feels composed, offering a middle-of-the-road balance between chassis tightness and compliance. Dial it up to Sport, or better yet, Sport+, and the persona changes significantly: body roll is noticeably reduced, and the steering feels dialed in nicely with the chassis, delivering a level of responsiveness that makes the car beg to be tossed through corners. Sure, the stiffer shocks make an obvious difference.

As does the next generation of electric-assist steering, which conveys greater feel in Sport and Sport+ without an artificially heavy steering feel. "Individual" allows each parameter to be calibrated independently. Uneven tooth spacing on the steering rack produces a ramp-up in ratio – it's subtler than the too-aggressive ramp in the M240i. The Z4's 19-inch 255mm front and 275mm rear Michelin Super Sports help out by offering a linear relationship between input and response.



The Z4's electronic differential's variability plays a surprising role in the drive mode settings. I took some laps with a BMW engineer in the passenger seat, and controlling the e-diff with a laptop he demonstrated that the Z4's levels of braking stability, turn-in sharpness, and torque vectoring upon exit can be dramatically affected with a few keystrokes.

The more crucial test of the Z4's capabilities came where this roadster will no doubt spend the most of its time: on the road. Top-down driving with a small wind deflector in place behind the seats offered a relatively quiet, turbulence-free cabin. The small, twisty roads near the track offer a nice challenge for the Z4, as does the local driving population's questionable lane discipline, a which tests the reflexes of driver and vehicle alike. While the most aggressive drive setting is stiff enough to inspire confidence, it's never jarring, which is perhaps in keeping with the Z4's status as a non-M performance car.

While I would have preferred it to be a little stiffer, the underpinnings match the car's sporting personality. The chassis feels solid and the suspension is communicative, in the way drivers have come to expect from BMWs of yore. Also satisfying is grunt: even in its neutered European form, the S58 six-cylinder produces loads of power, enough to launch to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds. When you're not making that virtual tachometer needle spin, the Z4 is a more sedate highway cruiser than its predecessor thanks to more variable suspension controllability and better chassis tuning. New niceties like a 5-Series-sourced heads up display add to the feeling of refinement.



As for its looks, I laid eyes on un-camouflaged Z4s in matte black and red and felt the overall design seemed more successful in the understated dark scheme than the red finish. While the clamshell hood integrates nicely with the body, some of the overall proportions seem a bit mismatched, a trait which was emphasized when the sheetmetal was finished in red. Interestingly, BMW has departed tradition in a few ways: The headlamps take a vertical, not trademark horizontal orientation, and the kidney grilles incorporate mesh pattern in the space between the ribs.

With the roadster market shrinking – the Mercedes-Benz SLC is a lame duck, and Porsche's 718 Boxster lost core enthusiasts after dropping two cylinders – the BMW Z4 will likely grow its relative fanbase (even if Z4 sales are a rounding error for the company overall). Regardless of its commercial impact (or lack thereof), the Z4 is a more important vehicle for BMW than it might seem on paper, if only because it embraces the purity of a top-down performance machine that's focused on driving pleasure. These are challenging times for the shrinking roadster genre, and the Z4 presents a not-so-subtle mechanical urging to enjoy this moment in history while you can.
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The New BMW Z4 Feels Like An Aggressive Old-School BMW

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The upcoming all-new BMW Z4 is the often-chastised German brand’s attempt to convince us all that the sports car isn’t dead, and that it can beat the Porsche Boxster. A pre-production drive reported by Auto Express promises the car is “somewhere between good and very good.” If true this also bodes well for the new Toyota Supra, which shares a platform with this car.

Steve Sutcliffe of Auto Express got a chance to test the new Z4 on BMW’s proving grounds. While not given specific specs just yet, as the company may still be in the final stages of tuning the car, the test was demonstrate the new roadster’s upgraded handling and over performance, which it apparently delivered.

Steve drove what he called the “Z40i” top spec, with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that’s supposedly very similar to what powers the M240, which has 340 horsepower. Earlier reports indicated the Z4 could get closer to 360 HP, but we’ll have to wait and see.

The driving impressions were good, with Steve claiming it felt like the car could easily have an M badge on it, though BMW will evidently push it even farther for an actual M model in the future. Every Z4 except for the M will reportedly get the ZF eight-speed automatic.

The new Z4 weights 50 kilograms (110 pounds) less than the old model thanks to a new canvas roof and some other overall weight savings, while trunk space is reportedly 20 percent bigger with the roof either up or down. Steve claims pricing should start “just under 40 grand,” but that’s probably in British pounds, not dollars, and will go on sale early next year.

The video has me very excited for the car, since it’s described as being possibly as quick as the M2 but with softer responsiveness while maintaining good control, with Steve claiming the handling is like old-school BMW.

I’m extremely excited for an aggressive and sporty roadster from BMW, and I hope Steve’s driving impressions carry over to the production model. We’ll know more soon enough, and I eagerly wait the inevitable Z4 vs. Supra head-to-head that someone will do.
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2019 BMW Z4 Enters Production in Q4, Toyota Supra Reportedly With It

We know when the 2019 BMW Z4 will start production, and when it will be in showrooms, but what of its Toyota Supra platform-mate?



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announced Tuesday in a press release that it will begin production of the new Z4 for BMW at the "end of 2018" in its Graz, Austria plant, which first built a BMW vehicle in 2003. This news tails confirmation that the Z4 will launch in March of 2019.

This raises questions about the Z4's platform-mate, the new Toyota Supra, which BMW and Toyota developed together to reduce costs, just as Toyota did with Subaru for the 86/BRZ. A report by Automotive News Europe dating from March alleged that the Z4 would be built by Magna Steyr, as confirmed above, lending credence to the publication's claim that the Toyota Supra would also be constructed in the same plant.

The Drive reached out to Magna Steyr, but a spokesperson declined to make a statement.

Beyond production plans, more information about the Z4 and Supra is gradually trickling out, some official, some rumored. With its March of 2019 rollout plan, BMW confirmed the first of the Z4's variants: The M Performance-tier M40i. Some connect the known specifications of another M Performance package car with the same powertrain suffix—the M240i—to the Z4 (and by extension, the Supra). Citing these similarities, some speculate the Z4 M40i will make M240i power figures of 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

These numbers align with those rumored for the Toyota Supra, as presented by a SupraMkV forum user that cites an insider as their source of information, also including an alleged starting price for the new Supra: $63,500. Evidence to the contrary exists in the form of BMW's statement that the Z4 M40i is to use a new inline-six, presumably not that used by the M240i. While this does not preclude the Z4 (and Supra) from making this power figure, it does cast doubt on speculation of the Z4 M40i and Supra's purported power outputs.

We'll have to wait for official numbers to seep from BMW or Toyota to know more.
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2019 BMW Z4: Stop Guessing What The New Roadster Will Look Like, This Is It


As BMW gears up for the official reveal of the new Z4 Roadster, a series of patent images allegedly showing the full production version of the new open-top two-seater sports car has found its way online.

This is the first time we can clearly see what the brand new Z4 will look like. As expected, the production version borrows heavily from last year’s Z4 Concept which served as a preview.
According to these patent images -first shown by Autoweek.nl– the new Z4 will retain the classic long nose-short rear proportions and soft top, with the cabin sitting closer to the rear axle and the front end dominated by BMW’s wide kidney grille.
BMW recently revealed a few details about the upcoming new Z4, mentioning that the range-topping version will be the M40i. The fastest derivative of the new Bavarian roadster -at least initially- will be powered by a new “extremely powerful” six-cylinder engine. The most recent reports talk about a twin-turbo 3.0-liter unit making between 360hp and 380hp.

The upcoming BMW Z4 M40i will also feature a lowered sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, along with a new front axle and a locking rear differential. BMW promises that the new Z4 will be a “purebred roadster”. It will interesting to see if the new Bavarian Z will finally become a true Porsche Boxster rival, given that the chassis was co-developed with Toyota as it’s also going to be used in the new Supra.

“The high level of body stiffness and the very rigid suspension attachment provide the perfect basis for a set-up that guarantees the performance qualities of a genuine sports car in terms of steering precision as well as longitudinal and transverse acceleration,” said BMW’s suspension guru Jon vas As a week ago.
The new 2019 BMW Z4 is expected to be revealed this summer and make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show this fall.
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The New BMW Z4 Is Proof BMW Won't Cave Entirely To SUVs




Because sports cars still matter. It's hat simple.
Look at BMW’s lineup and you’ll see there’s roughly an equal number of sedans/coupes and SUVs. This wasn’t the case a decade or so ago. The upcoming arrival of the X7, more hybrids and EVs and, perhaps, an X8, is additional proof that SUVs and batteries are the real money-makers now and will be in the coming years. However, BMW remains committed to its sports car heritage, hence the decision to invest heavily in the soon-to-be-revealed Z4’s all-new platform.




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While We're Waiting For The Z4, BMW Is Showing The Concept Again

We already know the production car won't look as nice as this.

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It was back in August 2017 when BMW took the wraps off the Z4 concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Since then, the sensuous roadster has traveled to a variety of car shows all over the world to wow attendees with its beautiful bodywork. Fast forward to mid-July 2018, we’re still patiently waiting for the production car, but BMW likes to toy with our emotions by exhibiting the showcar yet again. It happened over the weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where the Z4 concept was shown alongside the production 8 Series and another gorgeous concept, the M8 Gran Coupe.

As nice as the concept is, we already know the road-going Z4 won’t be able to match the pizzazz of the showcar before it. Fully revealing patent images emerged onto the Internet last month to show the production-ready BMW Z4 with a less exciting design. That being said, those patent photos were all in black and white while the design of the wheels was hidden, so the real deal in a lively color and with the proper alloys should look way nicer.

We probably won’t have to wait much longer for BMW to finally introduce the next-generation Z4 taking into account the model will go into production at Magna Steyr’s factory in Graz, Austria at the end of this year. It is generally believed that the Z4’s sibling, the fifth-gen Toyota Supra, will also be built there. The fact that BMW has kicked off the teasing game for the Z4 is another sign an official premiere is inching closer.

While a fully fledged Z4 M has been ruled out, we do know a hot version will be hitting dealerships with the “M40i” suffix. That’s the one teased by BMW and is set to use a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine adapted from the ones inside the company’s other models ending in M40i. According to recent reports, the Euro version will boast somewhere in the region of 335 horsepower while the U.S.-spec model will be blessed with 382 hp.

The rather significant difference in output has to do with the upcoming Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) for Europe where it will replace the far less accurate New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Apparently, it’s forcing BMW to install a gasoline particulate filter and to make other tweaks to meet the more stringent emissions laws. Regardless if it’s the Euro or the American model, the Z4 M40i is expected to have 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque, but bear in mind these numbers have not been confirmed.

It might debut early October at the Paris Motor Show where reports say BMW has a big debut planned. If not, the Los Angeles Auto Show is where we’ll see the all-new Z4 soft top at the end of November.
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BMW M Boss Suggests There Isn’t Enough Demand For A Z4 M








BMW is expected to unveil the all-new Z4 on August 23rd and it appears the company doesn’t have plans for a high-performance M variant.

Speaking with Car and Driver, BMW M boss Frank van Meel said “I think the M40i is the perfect positioning regarding performance of that car” and “It’s quite close to the M2.” However, he went on to say “If you would go any higher, it would be very, very narrow in customer groups.”
In essence, van Meel is saying the Z4 M40i offers plenty of performance and there’s probably not enough demand to justify building a Z4 M. The news is unfortunate, but not very surprising as the previous-generation Z4 also eschewed an M variant.

While van Meel didn’t elaborate, a quick look at Z4 sales paints a pretty revealing picture. According to Carsalebase, BMW only sold 3,518 Z4s in the United States between 2015 and 2017. The situation was significantly better in Europe, where buyers snapped up 4,093 Z4s in 2015 alone. Given the relatively low demand, it’s not surprisingly that BMW isn’t rushing to develop a Z4 M.
Since a Z4 M appears out of the question, the range-topping model will apparently be the Z4 M40i which was teased last month. BMW hasn’t released performance specifications, but reports have suggested the car will use a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces around 385 PS (283 kW / 380 hp).
Regardless of the final number, BMW has confirmed the M40i will have a lowered sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers. The car will also be outfitted with a new front axle, a high-performance braking system, a locking rear differential and lightweight wheels – among other things.
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TEASED! BMW Gives Away What's Coming To Pebble Beach With One Photo...



It was only a week ago I wrote a story about BMW teasing an all-new vehicle making its production debut.

Set to appear at Pebble Beach and make its very first appearance, it's expected to be big.

At first I thought it was the X7 that we've been waiting on forever. Then the more I started going through the list of possibilities, there were several autos it could be.

Well, that was until I re-read the press release that said it will be an "emotional," debut. That sort of gave it away. And, just yesterday, one of BMW North America's public relations team members posted a teaser image.

This is where it becomes clear the Z4 will be appearing for the first time at Monterey Car Week.

See the teaser shot, below.




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2019 BMW Z4 revealed in leaked photos

It looks like the concept




We've seen spy shots. We've seen patent drawings. We've actually even driven it. Finally, in the form of leaked photos from Supra forum SupraMKV.com, we get to see the 2019 BMW Z4 in sheetmetal. And it looks pretty faithful to the concept shown at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2017.

The lean body, wide kidney grilles, upswept headlights, giant air vent, rising character lines and pert rear are all dead ringers for the show car. Where it differs is mainly in details. The lower grilles in the front fascia are much busier with lots of angled panels and accents, at least in this M40i iteration. The hood lacks the sculpted vents of the concept. And of course there are production necessities such as door handles, a fuel filler and badging. Otherwise it's quite faithful. The car also looks much more athletic and balanced than its predecessors, which had a lot of unnecessary curves and long noses with even shorter tails.

BMW recently announced that it will be revealing a vehicle at this year's Pebble Beach Concours, which is Aug. 26. We wouldn't be surprised if the roadster makes its debut at the classic car event, since clearly the car is ready to be shown, and it would be a nice bookend to the concept's debut last year.

Under the hood is a turbocharged inline-6 engine. We know that at least one version will have 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. We wouldn't be surprised if that's the engine for the M40i shown in the photos. The presence of an M40i also suggests that less-potent models will be available. If BMW borrows the 8 Series coupe's product strategy, though, the M40i will probably be the only model available at launch. Stay tuned for more details when the car makes its official debut.




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Several pictures of 2019 BMW Z4 surfaced over the weekend and now we’re getting our first detailed glimpse at the upcoming model.

Shown here in M40i guise, the model closely resembles the concept as it features a sporty front fascia and sweptback headlights. The car has also been equipped with front fender vents, a long hood and a rakish windscreen. We can also see two roll bar hoops and five-spoke wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system with blue calipers.

The sporty styling continues at the rear as the Z4 M40i has a ventilated rear bumper and a relatively short trunk with an integrated spoiler. Other notable styling features include slender taillights, a dual exhaust system and a rear diffuser with metallic accents.

The biggest reveal is the interior which is sporty and high-tech. Drivers sit behind a three-spoke steering wheel and face a digital instrument cluster which is similar to the one used on the 8-Series Coupe.

The center stack is topped by an iDrive infotainment system which is framed by metallic trim. Further below, we can see slender air vents with metallic surrounds.

The center console appears to be relatively slim and it features a retractable panel that reveals a wireless smartphone charger, a small storage area and a USB port. The pictures also show the Z4’s shifter, iDrive controller and a glimpse of the stainless steel pedals.

The 2019 BMW Z4 will be offered with an assortment of different engines and BMW has already confirmed the M40i variant will have a new six-cylinder that is “extremely powerful.” That isn’t much to go on, but the car is expected to use a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six that develops around 385 PS (283 kW / 380 hp).

While performance specifications remain unconfirmed, BMW has already said the car will have a locking rear differential and a lowered sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers.

BMW will unveil the Z4 on August 23rd, so stay tuned for full details. https://www.carscoops.com/2018/08/20...e-beach-debut/




















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Comment Of The Day: We're Not Sure About The New Z4 Edition



The 2019 BMW Z4 convertible found its way onto the internet today. Its reception here was, let’s say, mixed.



I’m really just awarding KingTChalla here our Comment Of The Day because this response was echoed by so many others. The new Z4 design, at least what folks have seen of it so far, is not resoundingly popular with our commenters.
I personally am, uh, not sure yet. I don’t hate it. But... yeah.

Are there more fans of this design out there? Speak up! Be heard!

The more I look at the rear quarter, the more I like it.
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