In 2009 BMW will launch a replacement for the Z4 Roadster, codenamed E89. It will remain a soft-top and will probably grow a bit. As well as freeing up more space for passengers and their luggage, this creates room for a rumoured Z2 baby roadster in the range - BMW’s MX-5 rival.

Beneath the skin, we hear there will be active steering, adjustable dampers and a new twin-clutch transmission along the lines of VW’s DSG box. The chassis will be much stiffer, to the benefit of ride and handling.

Expect four different engines:

  • 2.0-litre direct-injection four rated at 185bhp
  • 231bhp direct-injection 2.5-litre straight six
  • Turbocharged 3.0-litre direct-injection unit good for 321 bhp
  • A high-revving normally aspirated 4.0-litre V8 with around 450bhp

Source: CarMagazine

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