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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, but more versions joined the lineup toward 2019.

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.

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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

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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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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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BMW 2002 Hommage Gets Racing Livery And New Wheels At Pebble Beach

BMW 2002 Hommage Gets Racing Livery And New Wheels At Pebble Beach

Pays tribute to the race-spec 2002 Turbo of the 1970s

At the 2016 Villa d’Este, BMW stunned the automotive world by unveiling the 2002 Hommage concept, an M2 coupe that was extensively modified into a modern interpretation of the classic 2002, the range-topping version of the "02 Series," built between 1966 to 1977. Three months later and the German company brought a new version of the concept car at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Having celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, BMW has released quite a few concept cars paying tribute to its iconic, classic models. And Munich is apparently enjoying all the publicity, which is probably why the 2002 Hommage got a minor makeover for Pebble Beach. That’s not a bad thing though, as BMW built many spectacular cars in the 1960s and 1970s.

So what makes this new 2002 Hommage concept special, you ask? Well, even though it’s basically identical to the first show car inside and out, it was modified to pay tribute to the race-spec version of the original 2002 Turbo. You see, the 2002 wasn’t just a successful road car. It also spawned various race versions, being racing in anything from rally events to track series such as the Trans Am, and the German Racing Championships, the predecessor of the current DTM.

To turn the 2002 Hommage into a modern interpretation of the 2002 Turbo, BMW painted in a two-tone livery that echoes one of the most iconic paint schemes of the 1960s and 1970s. Finished in bright orange with black accents on the upper side panels, engine hood, and trunk lid, the concept from Pebble Beach reminds us of the Jagermeister-liveried 2002s raced in both rally and track championships. BMW even went as far as to use a logo that’s very similar to that of the German liquor company, while the "Turbomeister" decals on the doors, fenders, and hood have the same font as "Jagermeister."

What’s more, BMW added bi-color 20-inch wheels in gold, another feature seen on the classic 2002 Turbo, as well as gold brake calipers, and gold headlamp detailing to recreate the yellow hue commonly found in the headlamps of racing cars back in the day. Everything else remained unchanged compared to the first 2002 Hommage concept, but I must say that this new version is a lot more spectacular to look at.

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2016 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R

2016 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R

At the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW unveiled the 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage, a concept car paying tribute to the 1972 BMW 3.0 CLS, also known as the "Batmobile." Three months have passed since then, and Munich unveiled a new concept vehicle on U.S. soil, this time around at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The study in question is dubbed the 3.0 CSL Hommage R, and it’s essentially the racing version of the previous concept.

The new coupe honors the racing success of the 3.0 CSL race car and also marks BMW’s 40th anniversary in North America. In this regard, the Hommage R is similar to the 2015 BMW Z4 GTLM race car the Germans introduced ahead of the 2015 12 Hours of Sebring. Both feature the blue, purple, and red livery of the original 3.0 CSL racer, as well as the same number 25 BMW of North America used when it won the 12 Hours of Sebring for the first time in 1975.

"All the details from the BMW 3.0 CSL are present in the Hommage model. And they are all there to be discovered in their original form. It’s a bow to the 1975 car," said Karim Habib, head of design at BMW.

Though the livery and the slightly revised aerodynamics are the only features that help the Hommage R stand out in terms of design, the racing concept received some cool features on the inside as well, including a race helmet visor that acts as a head-up display. Keep reading to find out more about that.

Updated 09/07/2015: Our man Jonathan Lopez took some pics at Monterey Car Week. Enjoy!

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2016 BMW Concept M4 GTS

2016 BMW Concept M4 GTS

The 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance hosted many car debuts, including the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and a couple of BMW concepts, one of which is the 2016 BMW M4 GTS. Showcased more than a year after the new 2015 BMW M4 arrived, the Concept M4 GTS previews the much-rumored M4 GTS, a high-performance, track-focused coupe built in the vein of the limited-edition, 2010 M3 GTS and its iconic forerunners, including the 1988 M3 Evolution and the 2001 to 2003 M3 CSL.

"While the BMW M4 Coupe embodies the ideal combination of motorsport genes and unrestricted everyday usability, the BMW Concept M4 GTS previews an emotionally powerful and exclusive special model conceived with an eye for trailblazing technology and a keen focus on the race track," explains Frank van Meel, president of BMW M Division. "Despite its outstanding track ability, it is still fully road-legal. This is racing technology for the road in the truest sense."

The carmaker didn’t say how long until the production version arrives, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it break cover by the end of 2015. Until then, let’s have a closer look at what appears to be a production-ready coupe.

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One-Off BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition Fetches $825,000 at Pebble Beach Auction

One-Off BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition Fetches $825,000 at Pebble Beach Auction

The unique i8 hybrid sports car German automaker BMW built for the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance fetched $825,000 during Gooding & Company’s annual Pebble Beach auction. Sold ahead of the official vehicle U.S. sale date for about six time the sticker — set at $135,700 — the i8 Concours d’Elegance has set a record that’s likely to stick around for a few years.

Proceeds of the i8’s sale will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which raises funds for Monterey County youth. The foundation is known for awarding grants for arts, athletics, environmental sciences, educational organizations and community programs.

The winning bidder takes home a one-of-a-kind BMW i8 finished in a bespoke, Individual exterior color, and fitted with custom upholstery and trim accents. More importantly, he gets to drive the hybrid sports car long before it reaches North American dealerships.

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2015 BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition

2015 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition

The new BMW i8 is the brand’s most innovative and technologically advanced model yet. This plug-in hybrid combines efficiency with sports car performance, futuristic looks, and plenty of BMW luxury. Perhaps the first thing to catch consumers’ minds is the raw technology behind this design. This plug-in hybrid setup combines a 1.5-liter, inline three-cylinder, gas engine with two electric motors for motivation. In July 2014, BMW announced that it will auction off a special Concours d’Elegance Edition i8 to build upon the excitement about the model.

Things get a little tricky when adding the i8’s powertrain together. A six-speed automatic transmission drives the rear wheels, while an electric motor powers the front wheels through a two-speed automatic. An additional, smaller electric motor provides additional power to the rear wheels but mostly acts as a generator to top off the battery.

Confused yet? The bottom line is that this all works in harmony to create 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. BMW claims a 0-to-60 time of only 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. A BMW-like 50/50 weight distribution ensures amazing balance and handling.

While all of this is enough to get excited about, BMW wants to take luxury and customization a step further with a special Concours d’Elegance Edition to be introduced and auctioned off at the Pebble Beach Auto Show in August 2014.

Updated 08/18/2014: The i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition sold at auction for a whopping $825,000.

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BMW Raffling Off a 2014 428i at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

BMW Raffling Off a 2014 428i at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The 2013 running of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance just keeps getting better with every passing hour as we approach the start of the show. BMW has just announced that it will be at Pebble Beach in full effect with the 2013 Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupè, which will make this the North American debut for this concept, and a BMW 507 Roadster, which only made its way to 250 lucky owners through the late 1950s.

While those two tidbits of information are awesome in their own right, the big news has something to do with a slightly newer model. Yes, the all-new 2014 BMW 428i will make its way to the Concours and BMW will actually be raffling off the brand-new coupe. That’s right, one lucky spectator will have a free 428i with the Sportline Premium Package in tow delivered to his or her home in January 2014. The estimated value of the total package is about $50k.

Tickets are available for purchase by calling (831) 455-4712 or by downloading the entry form here and emailing, faxing or mailing the form. The raffle tickets are $100 each and you do not need to be in attendance to win the vehicle. Simply check off the "I will NOT be present" box on the form or alert the operator you speak to on the phone that you will not be in Pebble Beach. Only 2,000 raffle tickets will be offered, so you had better get to sending in your forms or dialing your phone.

To boot, the money collected from the raffle will go to supporting abused, neglected and abandoned children by way of the Kinship Center.

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2012 BMW Zagato Roadster

2012 BMW Zagato Roadster

When BMW and Zagato teamed up to introduce the BMW Zagato Coupe at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este a few months ago, nobody had any inkling that the two companies had more than just one project up their collective sleeves.

Needless to say, all of us were once again caught by surprise when BMW released a teaser photo of another concept collaboration with Zagato, which made its debut at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

We weren’t about to assume what this new concept would be, but we easily made out the image of a BMW roadster, which lead us to think it could be a roadster version of the Zagato Coupe we saw a few months ago.

Well, we were right about it being a roadster version of the BMW Zagato, but what we weren’t expecting was for the new Roadster to carry many characteristics that were all its own. This isn’t just a drop-top version of the Zagato Coupe, this is a whole new level of awesomeness mixed with the superb styling characteristics of BMW and Zagato.

UPDATE 09/10/2012: BMW has unveiled a new video featuring BMW’s Head of Design, Karim Habib, as he explains the design concept behind the Zagato Roadster. Enjoy!

Hit the jump for full details on the BMW Zagato Roadster.

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