BMW is already working on the next generation Z4, and we can now confirm you that the launch is near by. Why? Simple: because the Spartanburg, South Carolina facility that makes the current Z4 will stop producing them next month.

The future Z4 is codenamed E89, will have the same size as the current Z4, but will probably wear a less controversial design with a wider track and more dynamic proportions. The highlight of the new model is its high-tech structure—a combination of aluminum space frame and steel unibody construction.

The 2009 Z4 will initially have three different choices of engines. The first one is a 2.0-liter direct-injection with an output of 185 hp. The second one is a direct-injection 2.5-liter Inline-6 with a power of 231 hp. The third one is a Turbocharged 3.0-liter direct-injection rated at 321 hp. After the launch, a 4.0-liter V8 making 450bhp will be available.

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