The BMW Z4 is a rear-wheel drive sports car that began its life back in 2002 before receiving its second generation in 2008. It is offered in both coupe and roadster forms. The current model Z4 is powered by a choice of two engines. The first is a 3.0L I-6 producing 255hp and 220 lb-ft of torque, while the second is a 3.0L twin turbo I-6 producing 300hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

We don’t normally make a practice of criticising our friends from Australia but just this one time, we’re left with no choice.

We’ve learned that the country’s advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standard Bureau has made a decision to ban the new BMW Z4 ‘Expressions of Joy’ campaign from Australian television.

We’d understand if there was some sort of justification as to why the advertisement met enough opposition to ban it, but according to the ASB, they decided to dismiss the ad because it promoted ‘car hoons to spin and burn their tyres’.

Say that again?

If you haven’t seen the ad, it pretty much involves a BMW Z4 driving on top of an enormous white canvas with trails of pain on its tires. As it drives around, it paints the canvas into the artwork that was envisioned by Robin Rhode and director Jake Scott. While the car doe do a number of drift-worthy spins, it does so under the banner of ‘art’, which apparently, the ASB misconstrued as promoting dangerous driving.

Continued after the jump with video.

Source: BMW Blog

Top Speed has already shown you the German tuner Hamann’s take on BMW’s redesigned roadster, the Z4 . There is another group of tuners in the Bavarian region that are out to make the drop top Bimmer even more of a sporty ride.

The tuning house G-Power starts off by adding a set of their signature Silverstone wheels and height-adjustable G-POWER coil-overs in order to achieve the perfect stance. The GZ4-RS, 9 way adjustable shock absorbers also help to tune the dampening characteristics of the Z4 to work best with the sticky 295 series rubber incase there is a challenge regarding the vehicle’s handling abilities.

The German mechanics have managed to keep the grease out from under their fingernails. Tahnks to factory plug and play connectors, they have been able to extract an additional 45 HP from the car’s twin turbo straight six 100% electronically, increasing the output of G-Power’s Z4 sDrive 35i to 345 HP, good enough to get the new BMW to sprint from 0 to 60 PH in just 4.7 seconds down from the standard version’s 5.1 second 0 to 60 MPH time.

Press release after the jump.

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Bmw Z4 by Hartge

The German tuners Hartge have just released a host of accessories for BMW’s latest hard top roadster, the Z4 . Parts include a new stainless steel exhaust, new gauges, aluminum pedals and a host of new emblems. The most striking addition to the Hartge Z4 are the company’s signature design rims, offered in bot 18 and 19 inches.

Source: Hartge
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BMW Z4 by Hamann

The BMW tuning specialist Hamann Motorsports, not to be outdone by fellow Germans at AC Schnizter , have come up with their own wheel and tire package for the new Z4 roadster . Hamann has been tight lipped about their plans for the new drop top, but what we can tell by the photos is that they are offering the rollers in a variety of attractive styles.

Source: Hamann

Welcome back BMW. The last Z4 looked like a merger of compromise. It brought together round designs and aggressive cuts that made the car never too cuddly and never too aggressive. It was the girlfriend you went out with not because of how she looked, but because she had a good personality.

BMW Z4 Roadster

Now that’s all changed. There is only one look to this car, and its pure evil. The body now has more better proportioned design, and with the new hard top up, the rear half has a profile that resembles the previous generation Z4 coupe . The most important part is the front. The new Z4 has an intimidating and shark-like look that wants to say, "I have a secret...and that is I could kill you."

The interior has improved slightly. The new Z4 has switched the position of the radio and climate controls from the previous generation, and everything comes closer to looking like the BMW Z8 ’s interior (without the confusing center-mounted dials.)

BMW Z4 Roadster

The new Z4 comes in two models for North America, both using the same 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine. The sDrive30i has 255 hp, and the sDrive35i uses twin-turbos (one turbo designated for three cylinders each) to upgrade to 300 hp. All variants of the new BMW Z4 come as standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox. As an option, the BMW Z4 sDrive35i is available with BMW’s newly developed double-clutch sport automatic gearbox.

The BMW Z4 sDrive35i makes the 0 to to 60 mph sprint in 5.1 seconds with the manual transmission and 5.0 seconds with the seven-speed double clutch sport automatic. The sDrive30i accelerates from a 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with a manual and 6.0 seconds with the automatic. Both models are limited to a top speed of 130 mph (150 mph with the optional Sport Package).

The new Z4 will be seen in the flesh next month at the Detroit Auto Show, and sales will begin on May 9th.

Full details in the press release after the jump

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BMW Z4 by AC Schnitzer

The Z4 is BMW’s newest roadster, and the German tuner AC Schnitzer have just released the first wheel and tire combination for the future bimmer. The tuners are currently working on performance enhancements, suspension set-ups, interior accessories and aero parts.

Press release after the jump.

Source: AC Schnitzer
Tuned 2010 BMW Z4

It didn’t take long, did it? We present to you the first tuned version of the 2010 BMW Z4 Roadster ! The car we spotted features beautiful plus sized Hartge wheels and pair of carbon fiber front splitters at the extremes of the front bumper that accentuate the new bimmers stretched front end.

Source: Z Post

BMW USA today announced pricing on the 2009 Z4 : the base version Z4 sDrive30i has a base price of $46,575, while the sDrive35i starts at $51,650. Of course that’s not the whole story. Anyone who’s ever bought a BMW knows the option list can be long, complicated, and most of all, expensive. So we have the full breakdown after the jump.

Both models are using the same 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine. The sDrive30i has 255 hp, and the sDrive35i uses twin-turbos (one turbo designated for three cylinders each) to upgrade to 300 hp. All variants of the new BMW Z4 come as standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

We are big fans of BMW’s superfast Z4 M roadster , but we must have been the only ones. While BMW is scaling back on engine size for the M3 and M5 , plans for an M version of the new Z4 have been killed off.

According to a BMW spokesman, "Given the current economic crisis there is no business case for a full-on M version of the Z4." He said that BMW will offer a M Sport package that will include a body kit, large alloy wheels, tuned suspension and an M-branded steering wheel. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six engine’s output can also be upgraded to from 300 to 326 hp. That’s not too bad considering the first generation Z4 M’s engine made 338 hp.

Source: imotormag

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