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.

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There is one group of automotive surgeons in Germany that specialize in transplanting the hearts out of the most powerful of BMW models and then inserting them into much smaller, lightweight and nimble chassis. So we weren’t too surprised when we came across the Manhart Racing M3TV10 up for sale on the internet . At the time we were curious as to why the tuning specialist was getting rid of their utilitarian powerhouse, but now we know that it was just o make room and free up a little cash for their latest creation, the Manhart Racing BMW Z4 V10.

Manhart Racing performs open heart surgery on a BMW Z4 M

Following the same formula as most of their creations, the process started by removing the 5.0 Liter 550 HP engine and all the parts that make it work from a BMW M5 before they can squeeze it into the nose of the German automaker’s latest hard top roadster. Along with the engine transplant, the 6 speed manual transmission and rear differential are also incorporated into the build for their strength and proven ability to take the V10’s power. Finishing off the hardware is a Fichtel & Sachs clutch, an AC Schnitzer stainless steel exhaust and a pair of HJS racing catalytic converters to reduce the roadster’s emissions.

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The ‘Billboard War’ between Audi and BMW has taken a new life of its own, thanks to the latter’s new Billboard in Ingolstadt, which incidentally, is the home turf of Audi.

If you recall, the two European automakers engaged in a ‘can-you-top-this?’ billboard duel in California, USA last April. The first salvo was thrown by Audi, which created a billboard for the Audi A4 with the tag line ‘Your move, BMW’ at its dealership along Santa Monica Boulevard. Not to be outdone, BMW commissioned Juggernaut Advertising, which came up with a brilliant response to Audi’s billboard. Across the street from the Audi billboard was put up, BMW produced a bigger billboard of its BMW M3 with the simple tag-line of ‘Checkmate’ – a direct reference to Audi’s slogan.

Source: BMW Blog

The crew at the BBC’s Top Gear recently went on safari to one of the most incredible reserves of all time. While they were there, the show’s ring leader Jeremy Clarkson observed two completely different beasts that were made from the same basic rear wheel layout. First up was the more luxurious twin turbocharged BMW Z4 roadster , followed by the modern day Datsun, Nissan’s 370Z . Whereas they both are powered by potent six cylinder engines the two fun to drive machines could not have been any different. The Bimmer was able to dispel Mr. Clarksons original misconception of BMW’s Z machine while Nissan’s version proved to be a pure sports car experience.

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Its true that the current generation BMW M3 is without a doubt a genuine high performance machine, but the older E46 M3 is still looking as good as ever and can be had at quite a discount. So why ditch your slightly used car in favor of a brand new one especially when you can add a tuning kit like G-Power’s. The performance upgrade will not only boost the output of your Bimmer’s straight six up to 450 HP but will also increase handling performance and add some style with a new set of rolling stock. One of the best features of the G-Power kit is that there is no need to crack open the engine to fit forged pistons or reinforced connecting rods. Even the exhaust is left just like it came from the factory spitting out the spent gasses that the centrifugal supercharger pumped into the M-tuned engine.

G-Power upgrades the BMW M3 with 450 HP

The upgrade package also includes a set of G-POWER’s new Silverstone Diamond alloys measuring 20 inches in diameter and wrapped in very sticky MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires sized 245/30 in the front and 285/25 in the rear to complete the staggered setup. Hidden behind the new rims is a G-POWER coil-over suspension that is aimed at keeping body roll to a minimum and all four corners of the car planted firmly when the G-POWER M3 goes deep into a turn.

Even though you can use the stock exhaust, G-Power also offers a stainless steel sport muffler that features the legendary G-POWER “DEEPTONE” technology for the ultimate sound and performance. If you happen to be a fan of BMW roadsters, you will be happy to know that the kit will also fit the Z4M model.

Press release after the jump.

Source: G-POWER

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.

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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

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