2019 BMW Z4

2019 BMW Z4
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Inspired by the flagship 8 Series

The third-generation BMW Z4 combines styling features seen on the Z4 Concept from 2017 and the flagship 8 Series Coupe. The roadster broke cover at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in M40i trim.

After more than three years of speculation, which included rumors that the roadster might be renamed, the third-gen Z4 made its public debut exactly 30 years after the first Z1 car went into production in 1988. Unveiled at same location as the Z4 Concept in 2017, the third-gen Z4 replaces a seven-year model that was past its prime. Drawing cues from both the Z4 Concept and the 8 Series, the new Z4 raises above the competition in just about every department. Details are still under wraps as far as drivetrains and technology goes, but we can finally take a closer look at the roadster.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 BMW Z4

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 BMW Z4

Give the iconic roadster some view time on your desktop

After a lot of controversy over nameplate usage, BMW finally debuted the 2019 BMW Z4. To make matters a little better, the first one we got to lay eyes on was the M40i trim level that you see here. Powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six, it pumps out some 340 horsepower and can make a dedicated run to 60-mph in 4.6 seconds. It’s just not performance that matters, though, as the new Z4 is actually quite attractive. It has some of the concept’s DNA all mashed together with some 8 Series DNA too. And, since we haven’t given it any love lately, we figured why not pick out our favorite Z4 wallpaper and share it with you as our wallpaper of the day. Even better yet, if you don’t like our favorite, there’s a whole bunch more in the gallery below. Take any that you like and give the Z4 some of that good ol’ enthusiast love that it deserves!

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Would You Pay $5,000 More to Own a 2020 BMW Z4 Over a 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster?

Would You Pay $5,000 More to Own a 2020 BMW Z4 Over a 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster?

These two Teutonic titans of open-top motoring look like they’re headed for a showdown!

After several years left on the shelf to rot, the Z4 nameplate is making its comeback. Official details are still trickling out, but now we’ve got a sneak peek at the goods thanks to a number of documents that just leaked online.

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The Next Generation of BMWs Will Have Their Own Distinct Design

The Next Generation of BMWs Will Have Their Own Distinct Design

Sometimes being siblings is better than being identical twins

Following in the footsteps of Audi and Mercedes, BMW has adopted the ‘Russian Doll’ design; wherein every product basically looks the same. It feels like the cars have taken the ‘twinning’ concept way too seriously. For instance, it is hard to differentiate between the Audi A4, A6, and A8 if not for their lengths. And, this design approach is getting more and more common for brands. Maybe they use it as a ‘brand recall’ strategy, but it is getting out of hand. So, finally, BMW has decided to put an end to it.....finally

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First journos get their hands on 2019 BMW Z4: Videos

First journos get their hands on 2019 BMW Z4: Videos

Find out if it’s better to drive than a Porsche 718 Boxster

BMW is currently inviting automotive journos over to Portugal where it has organized a launch event for its all-new Z4 roadster and, if you’re like us, you’re edging in your seat to know what it’s like to drive. Those who took part in the launch venue got to drive the car both on Portugal’s famed Estoril track, as well as some of the country’s twisty mountain roads with extremely smooth tarmac.

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2019 BMW Z4 M Coupe Could Look Like This

2019 BMW Z4 M Coupe Could Look Like This

BMW hasn’t ruled out a hot hardtop Z4

BMW recently lifted the veil off its all-new 2019 Z4 roadster, the sixth-generation Z model (or third-gen Z4) and the most visually striking one yet. However, unlike with the first-gen Z4, this one will get neither a hardtop coupe version nor a hot Z4 M variant.

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BMW Z4 M40i Prototype Laps Nürburgring in 7:55

BMW Z4 M40i Prototype Laps Nürburgring in 7:55

Not bad for an open-top sports machine!

We got an eye-full of the new BMW Z4 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering last month during Monterey Car Week, and while it was great to see the Bavarian’s latest creation parked, we didn’t get a chance to see it in motion. Now, we have an in-depth look at the Z4’s dynamic capability, as it just went less than 8 minutes at the ‘Ring.

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2020 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4

2020 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4

The new BMW Z4 is a totally different car compared with the one from before. BMW officials are adamant about the new positioning of the Z4 which has, apparently, become a far more engaging and dynamic machine. Developed along with the new Supra (according to BMW “Toyota ordered a sports car as a coupe from us [BMW], which we developed according to our order,” said BMW Z4 Project Manager Andreas Ederer), the new Z4 had to be meaner and sharper than ever before. After all, it shares the drivetrain, the chassis, and many driving aids with the upcoming Toyota icon.

Despite its clear connections with the new Supra, the BMW Z4 is its own car, and we have to look at it as a continuation of the lineage that started all the way back with the first Z car - the Z1. In that regard, I will try to draw some parallels between the newest kid on the block and its latest revealed predecessor - the 2017 BMW Z4 sDrive35is.

However, before we sink into the real fun stuff about the engines and performance of the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i and the 2017 BMW Z4 sDrive35is, I’ll start, well, at the very beginning:

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Five Things You Didn't Know About The New BMW Z4

Five Things You Didn’t Know About The New BMW Z4

Someone Opened The Roof On The Z4 At 110 mph And It Worked

As with every new car, manufacturers are trying to reinvent the wheel. Well, not literally, but, at least, they are trying to make the most of it. It is the same case with the new 2020 BMW Z4, a new BMW roadster that looks to transform everything we have known about the previous gen Z4 into something more meaningful, sharper, and definitely more sporty. The latest generation car makes do with some fundamental changes compared with the outgoing model, the E89 Z4. How deep the changes go is quite extraordinary, despite BMW actually offering something similar to the previous gen car - a RWD, small, and fun roadster.

Here, I am presenting to you five things you didn’t know about the new BMW Z4. These should give you a whole new insight into what BMW actually wanted to achieve with the new car and help you understand how the Bavarians managed to change the car’s character without changing the layout.

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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 BMW Z4

Love It or Leave It - The 2019 BMW Z4

After years of rumors and proposed names, the BMW Z4 moved onto a new generation with a completely new platform and a brand-new design. Inspired by the bigger 8 Series, the Z4 continues to be BMW’s sexy roadster and boasts massive improvements over the outgoing model. Arguably the biggest news here is that it was co-developed with Toyota, sharing underpinnings with the iconic Supra, which is set to return later in 2018. What do we think about the new Z4? Keep reading to find out.

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Xtomi's Z4 Coupe Rendering - Proof That the 2019 Toyota Supra Will Be Better than the BMW Z4

Xtomi’s Z4 Coupe Rendering - Proof That the 2019 Toyota Supra Will Be Better than the BMW Z4

It’s no happening in real life, but we can still dream of a Z4 Coupe, can’t we?

Auto rendering artist X-Tomi Design has released a rendering of the BMW Z4, or at least what it could’ve looked like if BMW decided to offer it as a coupe model instead of a roadster. For the record, the rendering isn’t an indication that BMW is planning on releasing a coupe version of the Z4 Roadster. The German automaker has already said that there are no plans to build such a model, adding that the coupe version of the Roadster is actually the Toyota Supra, the car that it shares its underpinnings with. So take what you can from this rendering. Like it, love it, appreciate it. This is probably as close as we’re going to get in seeing the new Z4 Roadster in coupe form.

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Full Walkaround of the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i - Does the U.S.-Spec Model Make More Power?

Full Walkaround of the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i - Does the U.S.-Spec Model Make More Power?

You get to hear it run too

The BMW Z4 has been in the news for as long as we can remember. Last week, the car was finally launched, and it took the automotive world by storm. The flagship product from the German automaker was the talk of the town for its looks, the Toyota-BMW collaboration, the launch event, and literally everything surrounding it. However, what caught our attention was the discrepancy in the American and European engine specifications. But before we get to that, let’s get to know the new Z4.

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2019 BMW Z4

2019 BMW Z4

Inspired by the flagship 8 Series

The third-generation BMW Z4 combines styling features seen on the Z4 Concept from 2017 and the flagship 8 Series Coupe. The roadster broke cover at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in M40i trim.

After more than three years of speculation, which included rumors that the roadster might be renamed, the third-gen Z4 made its public debut exactly 30 years after the first Z1 car went into production in 1988. Unveiled at same location as the Z4 Concept in 2017, the third-gen Z4 replaces a seven-year model that was past its prime. Drawing cues from both the Z4 Concept and the 8 Series, the new Z4 raises above the competition in just about every department. Details are still under wraps as far as drivetrains and technology goes, but we can finally take a closer look at the roadster.

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The 2019 BMW Z4 First Edition Breaks Cover at Pebble Beach

The 2019 BMW Z4 First Edition Breaks Cover at Pebble Beach

And, it is exactly what we expected…

The 2019 BMW Z4 M440i First Edition has made its glorious debut at Pebble Beach, ushering in the sixth-gen of BMW Z cars. It comes with concept-based styling, a plush interior, and a 340-horsepower inline-six that BMW says can walk to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds. That makes it a couple of seconds quicker than the model it replaces, but it has all the right design principles to make it a true, German-bred, driver’s car. Keep reading for the finer details.

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BMW Teases the 2019 Z4 First Edition Ahead of Tomorrow's Debut

BMW Teases the 2019 Z4 First Edition Ahead of Tomorrow’s Debut

Sort of...

The new-generation BMW Z4 is set to make its global debut tomorrow at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the German firm just released a new teaser.

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Update: Leaked Photos of the New 2019 BMW Z4 Surface Ahead of Debut

Update: Leaked Photos of the New 2019 BMW Z4 Surface Ahead of Debut

Leaked photos finally reveal what we’ve been waiting years to see

The wait is finally over. The first leaked photos of the next-generation BMW Z4 have arrived courtesy of Bimmerpost Unless a complete swerve happens in the coming days, these leaked photos of the new Z4 appear to be the real deal. We’ve waited a long time to see the roadster in the flesh, and in true auto industry fashion, we get an unauthorized sneak peek at the Z4 ahead of its official unveiling on August 23 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Update: 8-15-2018: Official-looking press images of the new, 2019 BMW Z4 have been leaked online ahead of its debut. Check out the latest images in our special section below!

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It's Only Fitting That The BMW Z4 And The Toyota Supra Are Testing At The Nurburgring Together

It’s Only Fitting That The BMW Z4 And The Toyota Supra Are Testing At The Nurburgring Together

We shouldn’t have expected anything less from these two

The next-generation models of the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra have been joined at the hip ever since BMW and Toyota announced plans to build them together. It’s only fitting; then, that one week before the Z4 finally breaks cover at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, we get our hands on a spy video of the Z4 and Supra prototypes testing at the Nurburgring together. Who knew that all the hype and pandemonium surrounding these two sports cars would all lead up to seeing them together in the tail end of their respective testing sessions?

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Don't Hold Out Waiting for a BMW Z4 M - It's Probably Not Going to Happen

Don’t Hold Out Waiting for a BMW Z4 M - It’s Probably Not Going to Happen

At the end of the day, it’s all based on customer demand

BMW is all set to launch the new Toyota Supra-based BMW Z4 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California this month, but what about the Z4 M? Although the BMW M Chief, Frank van Meel, has not directly said ‘no,’ he hinted that there is no market for a full-M roadster.

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BMW Teases Z4 Before Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Debut

BMW Teases Z4 Before Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Debut

The wait is almost over!

After years of rumors, spy shots, and leaks, it looks as though the full public release for the new BMW Z4 is just a few weeks out. The German brand is teasing the debut of an “all-new BMW production car” slated to drop cover during Monterey Car Week, and by all accounts, it’s looking like the hotly anticipated two-seater performance roadster will steal the spotlight.

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BMW Hints at a Huge Debut At the Pebble Beach Concours; Is It Finally Time for the Z4 to Debut?

BMW Hints at a Huge Debut At the Pebble Beach Concours; Is It Finally Time for the Z4 to Debut?

Could this mystery production car be the BMW Z4?

BMW has announced plans to launch a production car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The German automaker was coy about the identity of the mysterious model, but unless Bimmer has plans for another swerve, it’s possible that we are finally going to see the long-awaited, much-hyped BMW Z4 Roadster.

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Another One Bites the Dust: BMW Z4 Roadster Fails to Negotiate Curves at the ‘Ring

Another One Bites the Dust: BMW Z4 Roadster Fails to Negotiate Curves at the ‘Ring

The driver gets out okay, though

No matter who you are or what you drive, the Nürburgring is one of the most fearsome race tracks in the world. Combining high speeds, big elevation changes, blind corners, and all other manner of technical challenges, the ‘Ring is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous places in the world to get your speed fix. Despite this, amateurs regularly try their hand at playing race driver here, and as evidenced in the following video, it doesn’t always go as planned.

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How Much BMW Will we See in the New Toyota Supra?

How Much BMW Will we See in the New Toyota Supra?

German engineering in Japan’s iconic coupe

The brand-new Toyota Supra just made its first dynamic run at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. And even though Toyota showcased a camouflaged prototype instead of the production model, the excitement knob is already turned up to 11 and slowly moving toward 12. The coupe is still shrouded in mystery and what bugs me most is how much BMW it will have under the skin.

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2020 BMW Z4 - Why You Should Care About it

2020 BMW Z4 - Why You Should Care About it

You may have noticed the web is abuzz with the new BMW Z4. The reasons are as simple as it gets. BMW is apparently about to reveal the Z4 this year or early next year, and they are creating as much hype as possible. Some drove the pre-production prototype, others leaked patent image renderings, while BMW officials – in this case, Peter Langen, BMW Head of driving dynamics – hinted that the new BMW Z4 won’t have much in common with its previous iteration.

“The task was to build a new sporty open car, not a follower of the old Z4,” he commented. “They’re completely different. We designed the new Z4 as a new kind of sportiness.”

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Magna Steyr Will, In Fact, Build the 2020 BMW Z4

Magna Steyr Will, In Fact, Build the 2020 BMW Z4

Announcement could also hint at where the new Toyota Supra will be manufactured

After months of speculation, Austrian car manufacturer Magna Steyr has confirmed that it has received a contract from BMW to build the German automaker’s new Z4 sports car. The announcement puts a lid on long-standing rumors regarding where the Z4 is going to be produced. While not confirmed, Magna Steyr’s announcement could also mean that the new Toyota Supra will also be manufactured in the same facility, owing to the underpinnings and parts that the two sports coupes share with one another.

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BMW Gives Away Some Details About the Upcoming Z4

BMW Gives Away Some Details About the Upcoming Z4

An improved car that carries the legacy!

Despite being on the roads for more than 15 years, the Z4 still makes us drool over its handsome looks. Last year, the Z4 Roadster Concept was unveiled at the Pebble Beach, California, but since then, we haven’t heard much. Currently, the production version of the car is undergoing testing at the BMW test center in France, to improve its driving dynamics. The next-generation Z4 continues to feature the trademark long bonnet and short overhangs. The highlight of the car - this one comes with a soft top, unlike the second generation Z4 (also called the E89). Excited already? Continue reading.

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The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 Will Supposedly Be Completely Different Animals

The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 Will Supposedly Be Completely Different Animals

One is luxurious, the other sporty

The upcoming Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 may share historical roots on how they were born, but both models are going to bring two completely different elements to the table. From a physical standpoint, the difference between the new Supra and new Z4 are obvious. One is going to be offered as a coupe while the other will arrive as a roadster. Beyond that, Toyota claims that the Supra will be the sportier of the two, right down to its driving experience.

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The New BMW Z4 (and Probably the Toyota Supra) Will Debut This Summer!

The New BMW Z4 (and Probably the Toyota Supra) Will Debut This Summer!

We’ll have to wait a few more months for the new Z4 to arrive

The new BMW Z4 is going to make its debut sometime in the summer of this year, quelling the uproar over the roadster’s surprising absence at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The word for months had the Z4 penned to make its debut in Geneva, but the show arrived with no signs of the roadster. Now we know why. The German automaker didn’t say when the car will have it’s world debut, opting only to say that it’s going to have a “dedicated event” before it heads to the Paris Motor Show in October.

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The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 are Expected to Debut at the Geneva Motor show

The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 are Expected to Debut at the Geneva Motor show

Finally, the wait for these two cars appears to be over

In keeping with its reputation as the biggest auto show in the world, the 2018 Geneva Motor Show will play host to a good amount of concepts and world debuts. There are two cars, though, that have the potential to steal the show. It’s taken a long time, but we’re finally going to see the new BMW Z4 and the returning Toyota Supra in the metal. All the sleepless nights spent waiting for these two sports cars to arrive will now end. It’s happening, folks. It really is. Barring unexpected developments, the Z4 and the Supra are both headed to Geneva.

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BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW has been watching the reported problems for a while now..

BMW is recalling a whopping one million vehicles in North America over two separate issues involving fire risks. Both recalls include cars produced from 2006 to the 2011 model years. One recall covers 670,000 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011 model years, while the second recall is issued for 740,000 cars from 2007 to 2011 model years. The latter includes the 128i, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5, and Z4 models. Although these figures amount to more than 1.4 million units, BMW says the recalls overlap and cover about one million examples. Nearly all cars have been sold in the United States, while about 15,000 are from Canada. The recalls may expand to other countries in the future, but no specific announcement has been made as of this writing.

The first recall for the 3 Series models only will address a wiring issue for heating and air conditioning system. According to the company’s report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the systems may overheat and could increase the risk of a fire in the car. BMW has reportedly been monitoring the issue since 2008 and has made some improvements in 2011, but some incidents from 2015 and 2016, which led to injuries, prompted a mass recall. The second recall is about a valve heater issue that may cause damage to the engine compartment. No injuries or crashes related to this problem have been reported so far. All cars involved will have their wiring harnesses and valve heaters replaced at BMW dealers, free of charge.

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BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra: Evil Twins with Different Personalities

BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra: Evil Twins with Different Personalities

Both will be sports cars of their own, though comparisons will inevitably happen

Just because Toyota and BMW jointly developed the Supra and Z4 sports cars, that doesn’t mean that both cars will be mirror images of one another. On the contrary, BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner told Car Advice that both the design and driving characteristics of the Z4 will be completely different from the Supra.

Werner’s comments shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Z4 and the Supra theoretically don’t belong in the same segment, despite sharing a platform. The BMW sports car is expected to cater to customers who prefer premium sports cars whereas the Supra will be catered more to the masses. That’s not to say that one is going to be inferior to the other because, despite the prestige of carrying a Bimmer badge, the Z4 will actually feature less power than the Supra, at least if rumors of the Toyota’s output are proven true. It’s been reported that the Z4 will feature a choice of either four-cylinder or six-cylinder engines with power outputs ranging from 194 horsepower to all the way to north of 300 horsepower for the range-topping Z4 M40i. ON the other hand, rumors have swirled that the Supra will have in excess of 400 horsepower at its disposal so evidently, BMW and Toyota are going vastly different paths on how it’s preparing their respective sports cars. The designs and power levels of both cars will be different, so it follows that the resulting driving experience will be different too. Either way, it’s inevitable that we’ll see both the Z4 and Supra get compared to each other on account of their shared history. Not that it’s going to make a difference because, in the end, both cars should have no issues inspiring loyalty from their fans, independent on how the other one is received.

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2017 BMW Concept Z4

2017 BMW Concept Z4

A look into the design of the upcoming, third-gen Z4

BMW essentially struck gold in the compact, two-seater market when it released the Z4 back in 2003. It featured a sporty exterior, with potent, naturally aspired engines, and could be had as a soft-top convertible or in coupe form. That first generation lasted until 2009, but before the first-gen made its exit BMW was able to introduce a Z4 M in both forms with performance credentials good enough to get the little car that could up to 60 mph in as little as 4.8 seconds if you knew how to shift it right. The second-gen came to be in 2009 and, while most of the engine choices were naturally aspirated, one was offered with turbocharged goodness. Within a couple of years, the entire drivetrain lineup went turbo, and BMW hasn’t looked back since. The second-generation model lasted from 2009 to 2016 and, ever since its discontinuance, fans and purists everywhere have begged for the third-gen model – an all-new roadster that’s due for the 2018 model year and has been caught many times testing out in public over the last two years. At the kickoff of Monterey Car Week, BMW decided to release the Concept Z4, a wild interpretation of the upcoming roadster and something that at least gives us a little hint as to where BMW is going with the third-gen model.

As is the usual case with concepts, this car isn’t a firm representation of what we’ll see. For instance, it has no roof or, at the very least, has a Targa-style top. The exterior design is quite bold and features stout overhangs with crisp lines and a style that you could only get from BMW. There’s no word on what might be lurking under the hood, but BMW claims the Concept Z4 is an “all-out driving machine” that is stripped down to the bare essentials. With that said, let’s take a good look at the concept and talk more about it!

Updated 08/21/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s presentation at the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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The BMW Z4 Concept Is Awesome, But Don't Expect The World As Far As The Production Model Is Concerned

The BMW Z4 Concept Is Awesome, But Don’t Expect The World As Far As The Production Model Is Concerned

How much of the concept’s design will make it to the production model?

The BMW Z4 Concept has finally arrived, and boy, the long wait for the concept ended up being worth it… and then some. It’s just too bad the excitement surrounding the Z4 Concept’s debut will likely lead to a little bit of disappointment once the production model arrives. Though nothing has been finalized as far as what the production concept is going to look like, it would be safe to say that it won’t look exactly like the concept. That’s a shame because the Z4 Concept is all sorts of beautiful.

I’m not going deep on the design characteristics of Bimmer’s new roadster because my colleague Robert Moore already did that. What I can add to that though is highlight BMW’s decision to pivot from its current design language and showcase a new style that we’re going to see a lot more of in the coming years, not just with the production version of the Z4. The concept’s aesthetics speak to what we can expect from the German automaker moving forward. And while certain design elements of the car can be traced to what Bimmer’s already doing with its existing lineup of vehicles, some features like the massive intakes, aggressive body lines, and the roll bars behind the front seats are all fresh to BMW. Could these design features find their way in the production version of the car? Only time will tell, but if the history of concept cars are any indication, I’m reserving judgment until BMW tells us more about it.

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We Already Have An Idea What BMW's Mysterious Teaser Is All About

We Already Have An Idea What BMW’s Mysterious Teaser Is All About

Raise your hands if you think this the new BMW Z4 Concept

August 17 is going to be a big day for BMW. Quite frankly, it’s also a big day for the rest of us because the car that we’ve all been waiting years to be unveiled may finally make its debut, at least judging by the look of the teaser photo that Bimmer unveiled in its Facebook page over the weekend. We don’t see much of it, but it is visible enough that we can see the model being a roadster of some sort. It might be a roofless version of the 8 Series. It might even be a new roadster iteration for the i8, possibly one with a Targa roof. We’re not hitching our bets on either model, though, because if this model is what we expect it to be, this is the BMW Z4 Concept.

We’re not jumping for joy this early, though, because BMW is known for its last-second swerves. But if you’ve been following news reports about the German automaker’s joint sports car development with Toyota, the old puzzle pieces are coming together to complete a rather interesting picture. For one, the size and shape of the sports car fit into what we believe the Z4 Concept is going to look like. Then there’s the scheduled debut, which has been set for August 17. That date also happens to be a few days before the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the event that’s been reported as the stage where the new Z4 Concept will be unveiled. There’s only a little over two weeks to go, so either way, we won’t have to wait too long to find out what’s sitting in the shadows.

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The BMW Sports Car We've All Been Waiting For Will Arrive In Concept Form At Pebble Beach

The BMW Sports Car We’ve All Been Waiting For Will Arrive In Concept Form At Pebble Beach

The next-generation Z4 is finally arriving!

A few years can go by quickly in some circumstances, while it can take forever in other instances. Whatever you may think of the joint partnership between BMW and Toyota, the important thing now is that we’re closer than ever to seeing the fruits of that collaboration. A timetable on Toyota’s end is still unclear, but that’s no longer the case with BMW, which is planning to unveil the concept version of the new BMW Z4 at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance this coming August.

I can try to convince you that I took the news in stride, but that won’t be true at all. While I resisted on actually jumping for joy, I did let out a sigh of relief now that we’re about to get a good first look at the BMW sports car that was born out of the German automaker’s partnership with its Japanese counterpart. For a while, we knew next to nothing about the BMW-Toyota partnership other than both companies were developing new sports cars with the help of the other. That status remained unchanged for a while, a testament to the level of secrecy that both companies agreed to as part of the working parameters in their partnership. But now that both cars are scheduled to be unveiled soon, we’re finally getting what we’ve all been waiting for. Make no mistake, the Pebble Beach-bound BMW Z4 Concept will be the prelude to the actual production model, which itself is scheduled to start production in November 2018.

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Looks Like The BMW Z4 Isn't Dead Just Yet

Looks Like The BMW Z4 Isn’t Dead Just Yet

The model itself is gone, but the name could live on

Much was made about the BMW Z4’s end of production back in August 2016. At that time, many thought the Z4’s exit would pave the way for the sports car that’s jointly developed by BMW and Toyota to take its place. That car has long been rumored to take the name “Z5,” but now, a new report from Autoguide is putting those rumors to bed. Apparently, BMW is not going with the Z5 name as we previously thought. Instead, BMW Americas chief Ludwig Willisch told Autoguide the car will be called “Z…probably 4.” Wait, what?

To be fair, Willisch didn’t explicitly say that the German automaker is all set on bringing back the Z4 name, but he did emphatically deny that the sports car will be called Z5. That much, according to Willisch, has been put to rest. There’s no confirmation on that yet, and whether it sticks or not is still up to the brass over at Bavaria. In addition to the rather confusing Z4 name, Willisch did give us a hint on what kind of engine we can expect from the sports car, indicating that just because he refers to the car as the Z4, it doesn’t mean that the “4” in the nomenclature is an indication on how many cylinders the car will have. Interesting.

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Did The BMW Z4 Quietly Fade Into The Sunset?

Did The BMW Z4 Quietly Fade Into The Sunset?

14-year old sports car is expected to give way to the BMW Z5

Fourteen years may not seem like a long time for a model’s entire production run, but for somewhat of an off-the-grain model like the BMW Z4, seven years is right around what you’d expect as a lifespan. Then again, the German automaker has given no indication of the Z4’s fate, which is why this report from one of the most plugged-in BMW-facing sites is pretty revealing. According to Bimmer Today, BMW, without too much of a fuss, ended the Z4’s production on August 22, 2016. The last example built was reportedly a Valencia Orange Metallic Z4 sDrive35is.

There are those, myself included, who will say that the timing of the Z4’s discontinuation should have been expected, especially considering that the model’s successor, the Z5, is scheduled to hit dealerships and showrooms between late 2017 and early 2018. Still, there’s also the belief that the Z4 deserved a more notable exit than the one it reportedly had. Not that it needed a parade of sorts, but with less impactful cars getting treatments of that kind, BMW could have done something to at least acknowledge that the Z4 was riding off into the sunset.

To be fair, that ceremony could still happen if or when BMW addresses the Z4’s end of production. With the preparations for the Z5’s launch expected to heat up in the coming months, it would be in the German automaker’s best interest to give the departing sports car a final shout out. It deserves as much considering it was BMW’s only aesthetically inclined sports car before the i8 hit production in 2014. That distinction alone deserves its own recognition.

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Next BMW And Toyota Sports Cars Will Be Built By Magna Steyr

Next BMW And Toyota Sports Cars Will Be Built By Magna Steyr

Production could start as early as 2018

In the early 2010s, there was a lot of news about a collaboration between Toyota and BMW to bring a set of new sports cars to the market. In short, it was news that Toyota was planning a successor for the Toyota Supra and BMW was planning a successor for the BMW Z4, and both models would share the same architecture – the same story behind the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ. It was later said that Toyota would build the new Supra alone, but would co-develop the next Z4 with BMW. Since then, we’ve seen the new BMW sports car – dubbed the Z5 – testing under heavy camo, and we’ve seen what may have been a preview of the new Supra when Toyota debuted the 2014 Toyota FT-1 concept.

Now, German news outlet Kleinezeitung has announced that both brand’s models will be built by independent vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr – the Austria-based plant that currently builds the Mercedes G-Class, Mini Countryman, and Mini Paceman. According to the German new outlet, the Z5 is set to go into production first, with the successor to the Supra to follow shortly thereafter. Furthermore, it was said that annual production would be somewhere around 60,000 units for each model.

As of now, BMW has confirmed that it had plans to start building a new model at Magna’s plant in 2018 but had yet to disclose which model. That said, it’s quite possible that the new Z5 will be the model that starts production in 2018. For now, the successor to the Supra remains unnamed, but expect it to start production in late 2018 or early 2019. Based on the spy shots of the Z5, we know that it will be a soft top roadster and will be rear-wheel drive. As for the Supra, we expect it to at least be a hybrid that uses technology from Toyota’s recent WEC developments. The proverbial cat is practically out of the bag for now, so stay tuned for more updates on the collaboration between BMW and Toyota.

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Recent Toyota-BMW Collaboration Will Bring Improvements To Both Companies

Recent Toyota-BMW Collaboration Will Bring Improvements To Both Companies

Making a new sports car can be risky business, but Toyota seems to have found a loophole. After seeing a good deal of success with the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ collaborative project, Toyota announced it was partnering with BMW to jointly create a duo of new hybrid performance vehicles, and thankfully, both automakers look like they will benefit from the other’s expertise.

Dubbed the “Silk Road” project, details on the new cars have been closely guarded, with only a few tidbits leaking to the general public. However, BMW is believed to be responsible for the chassis and ICE development, blessing the car with solid handling and an inline-six gasoline powerplant. Meanwhile, Toyota will take up responsibilities for the electrification and fuel-cell development, which makes sense for a company that offers models like the Prius and Mirai.

According to the Australian-based publication Motoring, the development is split into four parts: joint sports car development, fuel-cell technology, electrification technology and weight-saving technology. The platform will be derived from the 2015 BMW i8 due to its hybrid-drivetrain roots. Speculation includes the possibility of an aluminum space-frame chassis and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body.

Toyota’s version of the new sports car will sit above the FR-S as a successor to the legendary 1993-1998 Toyota Supra, while the new Bimmer will replace the Z4 with a possible designation as the Z5. 

It was recently confirmed that development is currently underway. Unlike the 2013-2015 Scion FR-S and 2014-2015 Subaru BRZ, which are essentially the same car with slightly different styling and badges, it’s expected that the Toyota/BMW joint collaboration will spawn two very different looking cars. The same frame-based platform will be utilized for both, but they will have different bodies.

Expect a global release sometime in 2018.

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2015 BMW Z4 - Driven

2015 BMW Z4 - Driven

The Z4 is the unsung sports car of BMW’s lineup. While the 2016 BMW M3 and 2015 BMW M4 snag all the current headlines, the 2014 BMW Z4 quietly soldiers on without much hubbub. The last time the Z4 had its limelight was in 2012 when BMW swapped the Z’s smooth, naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder for a turbocharged four-cylinder in the base 28i car. Before that, it was the Z4’s heavy refresh into its second generation in 2009, which included a more mature look and the addition of the convertible hard top.

Since then, not much has changed. Then again, not much needed to. Even in 2015, the Z4 still holds true to the classic design of a proper drop-top sports car: engine in front, drive wheels in back, rearward-mounted cockpit, and a good power-to-weight ratio. These are the same principles that made the Z4’s predecessor a success – the Z3.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the Z4 in the standard sDrive28i trim. And though it doesn’t directly compete, I couldn’t help compare the BMW to Mazda’s famed MX-5 Miata. Both offer a true roadster experience, though at very different price points and to different audiences.

Nevertheless, the BMW fulfills the role of a great top-down driver. That’s when the car really comes alive. But what’s it like to live with the Z4 on a daily basis? Glad you asked. Keep reading to find out.

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2015 BMW Z4 GTLM

2015 BMW Z4 GTLM

Introduced for the 2013 American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the Z4 GTE replaced the successful M3 GT, which brought BMW the team and manufacturers’ championships in 2010 and 2011. Compared to the Z4 GT3 it is based on, the GTE sports a less sophisticated aerodynamic kit, with simpler rear wing and diffuser, although it is significantly wider. The modifications were to make the Z4 suitable for the ALMS, which merged with the Grand-Am Sports Car Series to form the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in 2014.

Following a competitive maiden season in 2013, the Z4 race car received a chassis update in 2014 and went on to score six podium finishes in the GTLM class of the USCC with Team RLL. BMW placed fourth in the manufacturer’s standing, below Porsche, Dodge and Chevrolet, but above Ferrari. Having received a slightly revised aero package for 2015, the Z4 finished the 24 Hours of Daytona second in the GTLM class and fifth overall. With the 12 Hours of Sebring just around the corner, BMW unveiled a special livery for one of the two cars, to celebrate 40 years since winning the famed endurance race for the first time.

The car in question will hit the track March 21st with Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner, Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler behind the wheel.

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BMW To Unveil Special 40th Anniversary Z4 GTLM at Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

BMW To Unveil Special 40th Anniversary Z4 GTLM at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

2015 is a special year for BMW of North America, which celebrates 40 years since it began operating in the U.S. Additionally, March 2015 marks four decades since BMW Motorsport scored its first victory on U.S. soil, at the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring. To celebrate these key milestones in the company’s history in the U.S., BMW announced it will join this weekend’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance with a series of events and historic vehicles, as well as special racing livery for the Z4 GTLM race car.

Arguably the main star of BMW’s anniversary party at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, the special Z4 GTLM will break cover wearing a livery inspired by the 3.0 CSL race cars of the mid-1970s. Even though the teaser only shows a covered Z4 between two classic racers, it’s safe to assume the livery will mirror the paint schemes of the 3.0 CSLs flanking it, meaning a white body with the traditional blue-purple-red stripes of the company’s M division. 1975 12 Hours of Sebring winners Brian Redman, Sam Posey, and Hans Stuck will be on hand for the unveiling of the car that will then travel to Sebring for this year’s 12 Hours endurance race.

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BMW Wants to Replace the Z4 by 2020

BMW Wants to Replace the Z4 by 2020

The BMW Z4 has been in a holding pattern since its newest generation arrived in 2009, and this looks to continue through the decade. This is not because so many people love it that BMW fears changing it. Instead, it’s because roadster sales have always been slow, and recently they have become even slower, thanks to an 11 percent slide in Europe and a 13 percent slide in the U.S. Additionally, the emergence of China as one of the key automotive markets has further slowed things, as folks in China seem to prefer privacy when driving, something a roadster obviously doesn’t provide.

Despite declining sales, BMW plans to continue offering a roadster, but its plans to release its Z4 replacement have been put on the back burner, as BMW’s chief engineer told Auto News that it hopes to have the Z4 successor in place by the end of the decade. The likely reason for the delay is that this will give BMW the chance to share the development costs with Toyota, in accordance with the joint sports car agreement the two companies came to.

So, if you were counting the days leading up to the release of the new BMW Z4, you may want to stop now, as it looks like we are in for quite a long ride.

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BMW Z1, Z3 and Z5 in the Works

BMW Z1, Z3 and Z5 in the Works

BMW appears to be in the process of turning the spotlight to its Z Series after a report by Motor.es suggests that the German company wants to reignite the lineup to create three new models wearing the "Z" badge. According to the Motor.es report, BMW is considering fielding an entire lineup of Z models, covering three separate units that will be differentiated from one another in some form or capacity.

The smallest of these new models is the Z1, which we haven’t seen since 1991. The new Z1, which will be built in both coupe and roadster versions, is expected to use BMW’s UKL1 platform, the same platform used by the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the new Mini Cooper. This makes sense because it’s going to help Bimmer cut production costs knowing that it has a modular architecture that is versatile enough to tweak depending on the model using it. The new Z1 is also reportedly getting three- and four-cylinder engines to go with a front-wheel-drive system.

Moving to the Z3, it appears that BMW is juggling with the idea of developing the sports car to be a direct competitor to the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. Like the Z1, the Z3 will also be offered as a coupe and a roadster and will be characterized by a lightweight design to take advantage of the bevy of powertrain options the company plans to give it, including three-, four-, and six-cylinder engines.

The other big news surrounding the new Z3 is that it will reportedly be built in collaboration with Toyota’s own development of the second-generation GT 86. We haven’t heard this news before so it definitely has us intrigued about the possibilities of the new GT 86 getting some form of input from BMW.

Last but not least is the oft-rumored BMW Z5. It’s no secret that BMW wants a sports roadster to compete against the likes of the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes-AMG GT. The Z5 could become that car. Motor.es touched on some rumors we discussed back in July 2014, including the joint development of the sports roadster by BMW and Toyota and the German’s plan to introduce the Z5 as a replacement model to the Z4.

Turns out, the Z5 will reportedly carry the same classic proportions attributed to the Z Series, including the long hood and the large headlamps that will be attached to the front kidney grille. The Z5 will also be offered as a coupe and roadster and will reportedly feature four- and six-cylinder engines with power numbers ranging from 270 horsepower to 400 horsepower. A top-of-the-line, 500-horsepower hybrid model is also part of BMW’s plans for the Z5.

Most importantly, the BMW Z5 is the first car of the BMW-Toyota partnership that will hit the market, possibly around 2017.

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BMW Z4 Successor Will Get Six-Cylinder Engine, Not Hybrid

BMW Z4 Successor Will Get Six-Cylinder Engine, Not Hybrid

Imagine this, you’re driving down a twisty, winding road, in a convertible BMW with the top down, wind in your hair and in your ears, and the sound of…nothing because you’re driving a hybrid. Sounds pretty awful, right? Well don’t worry because BMW isn’t making a hybrid convertible, at least until the i8 goes topless. BMW has officially stated that six, inline cylinders will drive the upcoming Z4 replacement. This is good news. The Bavarians have always made wonderful I-6 engines; with smooth, buttery powerbands and lovely, growling exhaust notes.

The engine in question, code named B58, will be a 3.0-liter, turbocharged I-6 that will put out around 335 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with an estimated curb weight of around 3,084 pounds, and you’ve got one hell of a convertible sports car. Rumor also has it that this car will be developed together with Toyota and its upcoming Supra replacement. Based on the success of the Toyobaru twins and all of the success BMW’s had developing sports cars, I cannot see this car being anything other than fantastic.

This is a whole new line of engines from BMW. It’s in the same “Efficient Dynamics” engine family that its newly released, 1.5-liter, three-cylinder and 2.0-liter. four-cylinder engines are from. This engine is also rumored to debut in the upcoming 7 Series replacement, and should trickle down into the 3 Series and 5 Series cars shortly after. It’s also good to see Bimmer sticking with six-cylinder engines. Many automakers have been ditching sixes for turbo-fed fours, and while the turbo fours pack quite a punch, they lack in emotion and excitement compared to sixes. So while the Z4 might eventually get the familiar 2.0-liter turbo four as well, it’s refreshing to see BMW also offer an I-6.

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Next BMW-Toyota Sports Car Could go Hybrid

Next BMW-Toyota Sports Car Could go Hybrid

The return of the Toyota Supra is inching closer and closer to reality. You probably can’t tell by reading this, but you can imagine us doing our happy dance now that more details about the sports car are coming to light. MotorTrend has the latest on the Toyota-BMW collaboration and sources close to Toyota have told the auto site that the all-new Supra will be a plug-in hybrid.

We’re not surprised about this news, especially in today’s world where hybrid technology has become universally embraced within the industry. MotorTrend’s sources also indicated that the new Supra will use a BMW-sourced, turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. This powertrain will then be combined with the Japanese automaker’s new super-conductor hybrid technology.

This kind of setup isn’t exactly new to Toyota, as the company has already tinkered with a similar package on the Yaris Hybrid R Concept that was first introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Toyota even took it a step further when it used this system in the TS040 Hybrid race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month.

So what does this all mean for the new Supra? For one, it’s going to be vastly different from its predecessor, which featured a turbocharged, 3.0-liter engine the last time we saw it. That model was good for 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. This time around, the new Supra’s hybrid engine is expected to be slightly more powerful, with an estimated output of somewhere north of 400 horsepower.

It’s not that big of an increase but the improved efficiency should do wonders in making the Supra a more pleasurable ride.

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The Next Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 will Share Platforms, May Arrive in 2017

The Next Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 will Share Platforms, May Arrive in 2017

The news about Toyota and BMW building cars together isn’t new, as the two companies finalized the partnership in January of 2013, but thanks to the Nikkei Asian Review, we’ve got some rumors as to what the two companies have been working on. Those plans revolve around the next-generation BMW Z4 and a revival of the famed Toyota Supra.

The Nikkei reports the two cars will share the same platform, manufacturing processes, and parts procurements. The two sports cars, however, won’t be sharing the same body style and will be sold under their respective brands. What’s more, these two cars could debut as early as 2017.

The report speculates whether Toyota would be able to adopt the same carbon-fiber-extensive construction style BMW has recently adopted, citing cost as the limiting factor. However, with the falling cost of carbon fiber and its exploding popularity, the material might be within Toyota’s reach. This is especially true for such a specialized sports car as the Supra.

The Nikkei report lacks further juicy details about the partnership or its planed products, but news seems rather certain. The 2017 date is still tentative, but the possibility still remains.

As far as powertrains, it’s anybody’s guess as to what will be found under hood. Perhaps BMW will provide a TwinPower, inline six-cylinder or maybe each automaker will supply its own powerplants. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, with BMW and Toyota partnered together, the future looks bright with the addition of two exciting sports cars.

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2014 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit

2014 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit

There are a lot of special-edition BMW models in Japan. Don’t ask us why that’s the case but something about that market really speaks to the Bavarian automaker. We’re admittedly jealous about this fact, more so now that another special-edition Bimmer — a Z4, no less! — is headed to the Asian.

It’s called the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit and it looks downright gorgeous. The model is exclusively earmarked for the Japanese market as BMW’s way of celebrating the BMW Sports Trophy team’s one-two finish in the Super GT series. Care to guess what car the team was racing in? Yep, a BMW Z4 GT3.

That’s the reason why BMW has allocated all 60 units of the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit for Japan at a price of 6.090 million yen — close to $60,000 as of 7/8/2014. No other country will get these cars, which again is making us really jealous. Care to spare a few here in America, BMW?

The list of modifications for this special-edition Z4 are limited to cosmetic upgrades, some of which actually pay homage to the Z4 GT3 race car. The Alpine White body is the same as the race car with the tri-color M graphics also making an appearance in the front section of the Z4.

Those are just the start of the exclusive touches given to this particular Z4. There’s plenty more in there that really brings out the best in this special-edition model.

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2007 BMW M Coupe with Full Carbon Fiber Body Kit for Sale on Ebay

2007 BMW M Coupe with Full Carbon Fiber Body Kit for Sale on Ebay

Now here’s something you don’t see every day. A full carbon-fiber, widebody BMW M Coupe race car for sale on eBay. Built from a 2007 Z4 M Coupe by Fall-Line Motorsports, the track-ready vehicle replicates the official motor racing kit offered by BMW back in the day when the first-generation Z4 was still in production.

The factory racing package was priced at $300,000 in 2006, aimed at customer teams, and was eligible for the events like the Nurburgring 24-Hour race or the German Endurance Championship. With minor tweaks, it could even been entered into the American Le Mans Series.

The vehicle in question might be a replica, but don’t let that intimidate you, because it was developed by a team that has plenty of experience with the U.S. racing scene. In fact, the race-spec M Coupe has seen a great deal of track action before being serviced and listed for sale.

Of course, it can’t be used in any contemporary racing series, but it can provide loads of weekend fun on any of the tracks across the United States.

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Toyota Will Build Supra Alone; Will Co-Develop The Next BMW Z4

Back in 2013, BMW and Toyota signed an agreement that was supposed to bring only good things for both parties: a new supercar, improved hybrid-technologies and better cars. Well, the bad news is that this agreement will not affect the next-generation Supra, as it will remain an in-house-developed sports car.

What Toyota will do however will be to help BMW develop the next-generation Z4. The consensus believes that BMW will design and build the body of the next Z4. using lots of carbon-fiber and aluminum, while Toyota will offer its next-generation plug-in hybrid technology to the sports car.

Of course, this will not be the same as the current hybrid technology used in Toyota models, as that won’t fit in the tiny Z4. Instead, both the future Z4 and its Toyota cousin will likely share a sub-2.0-liter engine with a new, more compact hybrid system from Toyota.

Despite heavy changes, it is believed that the next BMW Z4 will be priced similar to the current generation.

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2014 BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design

2014 BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design

The BMW M3 and the M4 Coupe are understandably getting all the attention today, but BMW is quick to point out that those aren’t the only two models that it’s proudly showcasing.

A special-edition BMW Z4 is also getting some love ahead of its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. The model is called the Pure Fusion Edition and while it lacks in any kind of noticeable exterior changes, it does showcase the company’s new Pure Fusion Design equipment package, which is all sorts of incredible if you’re the type to enjoy your luxury with plenty servings of sportiness to go with it.

That, essentially, is what BMW is trying to sell with the Z4 Pure Fusion Design. You get your sports car in full blast and add a special interior that has more leather than you’d expect.

Kudos to Bimmer for killing two birds with one stone. It’s cars like this that can really draw interest back to an aging model, like the Z4.

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2014 BMW Z4 By MB Individual Cars

2014 BMW Z4 By MB Individual Cars

The BMW Z4 lineup has remained change-free since its 2010 redesign, but this doesn’t mean tuners have lost interest in the 2014 Z4 roadster.

MB Individual Cars from Augsburg, Germany is one tuner with plenty of interest in the Z4, and it developed a pretty bad-ass for the sports roadster. The kit is mad entirely from carbon fiber and is limited to only 25 units that will be released in early 2014.

This Z4’s body is coated in a slick Mineral White, with the exposed carbon-fiber components that make up this kit. These components include the front spoiler lip, kidneys and air inlets, side-view mirrors, direction indicators, swords in the side sills, rear spoiler lip, rear diffuser insertion and some small swords for the lateral parts of the rear apron.

MB continued by adding in a set of wheels and interior improvements, but the tuner is also considering offering some engine upgrades in the near future.

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Video: History of BMW Roadsters

Video: History of BMW Roadsters

BMW’s illustrious history began during World War I when the now-successful luxury car-builder developed fighter aircraft-engine. At the end of the WWI it switched to developing motorcycles, then in 1929, BMW bought its way into the car industry when it purchased the Dixi Car factory and started developing automobiles — some of its best were elegant roadsters.

The first roadster to roll out of Bimmer’s factory was the 315/1, which was based on the 315 saloon. From here, things evolved to the 328, which was one of the most successful roadster ever developed by BM and won the Mille Miglia in many times and the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans.

After the WWII, BMW was in great trouble and it needed a car to rescue it, and BMW thought that car was the 507. It was indeed a great car, with one of the most gorgeous design languages in the era and a powerful engine under the hood. However, because of its high price — $10,500 — the 507 was almost responsible for putting the BMW into bankruptcy. Only 252 units were ever developed, despite BMW’s 5,000-units-per-year projection.

Next BMW started to develop the Z series, with the Z1 being the first model. What is very cool about the Z1 is that the doors drop down into the door sills so you can drive it with no doors. Next we had the Z3, Z8 and the current Z4. The black sheep of the family was the Z3, which never really looked or felt like a BMW.

Check out the video (above) to get a closer look at Bimmer’s history of roadsters.

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Auto Club Revolution Puts Your Digital Butt in the New BMW Z4 sDrive35is First

Auto Club Revolution Puts Your Digital Butt in the New BMW Z4 sDrive35is First

BMW has promised us the revised 2014 (2013 in the Euro market) BMW Z4 and its most anticipated version, the sDrive35is, sometime in the spring of 2013. Well, spring has officially sprung and we have yet to hear a peep from BMW regarding this revised model.

Fortunately, the folks over at Eutechnyx, the company that bring us the free online racing game “Auto Club Revolution,” have developed a special relationship with Bimmer and have permission to sneak the digi-version of the Z4 sDrive35is into the game a little early. Preorders for the car started today (April 11th) and it will set you back about 356 VPR on the game, which translates out to roughly $3.50 if you buy the credits. The Z4 is set to be released on the game on April 24th.

What’s more, the first 200 buyers to preorder it will get access to the car on the 17th, giving them a full week of drop-top-racing fun before everyone else. Now is the time to buy too, as “Auto Club Revolution” is having a flash sale through the 16th, which gets you up to 50 percent off of all the available cars.

If you’re not too sure if the Z4 is for you, you can see it in action in the above trailer.

You can download the game to your PC here. If you already have the game, you can preorder you digital Z4 sDrive35is here.

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2013 BMW Z4 GTE

2013 BMW Z4 GTE

BMW recently took to the famous Daytona Raceway to introduce their latest race car that will compete at the 2013 American Le Mans Series: the BMW Z4 GTE.

Racing under the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the Z4 GTE has some pretty high expectations to live up to. After all, it’s predecessor, the M3 GT, was one of the most successful race cars to compete in recent ALMS history. It last won back in 2011 and only lost the title last year to the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R.

So with a year to stew over surrendering its crown to Chevy, BMW is raring to get the 2013 ALMS season started with the Z4 GTE.

As expected, the racecar was built with racing regulations in mind, although if it performs the way its departed brethren used to, so there shouldn’t be any problems scoring some points and gaining some wins.

The real question is if it can return to the top of the ALMS podium, a step currently occupied by the C6.R.

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Next BMW Z4 May be Built on Toyota GT86 Platform

BMW and Toyota recently signed an agreement that will bring the two companies new fuel-efficient technologies and at least two new sports cars: a new-generation Z4 sports car for Bimmer and a new-generation Supra for its Japanese partner in crime.

Rumors suggest that both the new Z4 and thenew Supra will be built on the same platform as the GT86 sports coupe. If these rumors turn out to be true, it will mean that the next Z4 will be a much more dynamic handling car than the current generation – not that the current generation is a slouch.

It has been also rumored that BMW is preparing a new V-6 hybrid system that will deliver about 400 horsepower, which is pretty big boost over the current 335 horsepower delivered by the most powerful Z4 version: the sDrive35is.

The new generation BMW Z4 is set to be unveiled in late 2015 as a 2016 model, so we will find out in a few years.

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BMW Launches M Limited Edition Models in Australia

BMW Launches M Limited Edition Models in Australia

The Land Down Under is fixing to get an infusion of M awesomeness after BMW’s Australian division launched a series of limited-run M Sport models as part of the company’s "Festival of M".

That’s really great, made even more so by the fact that the M Sport lineup will feature a number of models, each coming with their own unique modifications. The biggest of the bunch is the X5 M Sport Limited Edition and BMW Australia decked with a bevy of new components. The M Sport body kit is obviously fitted into the SUV, as was a chrome M Sport tailpipe finisher, bi-xenon headlights and a set of 20-inch M double spoke alloy wheels. Looking at the photo of the SUV, though, there doesn’t appear to much of a difference from the standard model.

Meanwhile, the interior is dressed up too, at least to a certain extent. There’s the M leather-wrapped steering wheel with gearshift paddles and electric seats. Other components include a Navigation Professional package, an automatic tailgate, a rearview camera, voice control and anti-dazzle exterior mirrors. This one isn’t exactly our cup of tea, at least compared to what the other M Sport limited edition models.

The next two are the 5-Series and Z4, both of which will receive an M Sport package that includes an M Sport suspension, a new aero kit, a leather steering wheel, a set of bespoke 18-inch alloys, blue leather-piped velour floor mats, chrome-plated "Limited Edition" door sill finishers, an anthracite headliner for the coupe, and blue-stitched upholstery. Now this is more like it. The mixture of aesthetic and aero upgrades is definitely right in our wheelhouse. If you can get aftermarket performance upgrades on that Z4, then you really have something there.

Finally, the 1-Series and 3-Series Coupe and Convertible have received M Sport Plus packages, comprising of an aluminum glacier silver interior trim with glossy-black kidney grilles. The 3er, in particular, also has new sport seats, black exterior mirror caps, and stainless steel foot pedals.

If given a choice, we’re definitely rolling with the Z4 M Limited Edition. Its program is comprehensive enough without being too tacky.

Check out the price list of all M Limited Edition models after the jump.

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2014 BMW Z4

2014 BMW Z4

While we are all waiting for the next-generation Z4, it looks like BMW has slid in a refreshed version for the 2014 model year for good measure. The model has been caught testing in many times and now it will be making its world debut in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show.

BMW’s decision to update for the current generation Z4 Roadster shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone. First, the current-gen Z4 has been on the market since 2009 and secondly, a final decision on a third-generation Z4 is still to be made.

Of course, the updates on the 2014 Z4 aren’t very impressive; in fact, the U.S. market will be the only one not receiving the biggest update — a new entry-level model that features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. Other updates will be limited to the exterior, and will include updated LED headlights and two new set of wheels… That’s pretty much it!

Updated 12/18/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 12/26/2012: BMW has unveiled two very cool video for their new Z4 Roadster set to be revealed in Detroit. The new video show the car in action, but also a few exterior and interior design elements.

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