Our spies have snapped the next BMW Z4 testing in Germany
14 October 2008

These latest spy shots of the 2009 BMW Z4 caught testing in Germany clearly show that the new two-seat roadster will be getting a folding metal roof in place of the current car’s fabric item.

The next Z4 will make its debut at the LA motor show in November before going on sale in the last quarter of next year.

Aimed squarely at the Audi TT, the new Z4 will come with a comprehensive range of engine, all common to 3-Series on which it’s based.

We’re expecting that line-up to include a twin-turbo 3.0-litre petrol six and the mighty 4.0-litre V8 from the M3. Sources inside Munich also confirm that, for the first time, BMW is almost certain to make a diesel-powered version of one of its ‘Z’-cars, aimed squarely at the Audi TT TDI.

 

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The diesel motor is likely to be the exceptional 204bhp version of the 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel that is fitted to the 123d Coupe.

The new Z4 will also benefit from BMW’s EfficientDynamics programme, boosting fuel economy and cutting emissions. This is likely to include stop-start and a part-time alternator.

Our pictures of this lightly disguised Z4 show more of its body than we’ve seen before. The looks have been toned down compared with the current car - particularly around the front-end, which is neater and more elegant than its predecessor.

As a result BMW will be hoping for more success with this Z4, which never managed to match the Z3’s peak sales figures in the UK.

The outgoing Z4 peaked in 2004, when BMW shifted 4800 to British buyers – less than half the number of TTs that Audi sold. The current model’s ‘awkward’ styling alienated many buyers, particularly women, who didn’t take to Chris Bangle’s outlandish design.

 

Will Powell

 

 

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14 October 2008

This looks a step in the right direction, and in addition to the TT, might deal a blow to SLK and Boxster / Cayman sales too. Never said this for a few years, (and I won't mention the B word), but well done BMW. Just keep the I-drive out of it and continue to offer a manual option please.

PaulJ

14 October 2008

BMW reckon is was Chris Bangles design that alienated women from the car. I disagree.

I would suggest that it more related to the entire design of this car, particularly the long phallic bonnet, which has been carried across on to the new car.

Think about the various vehicle designs that appeal to women. Traditionally (and of course I am generalising) they are short nosed neat and tidy cars. Cars such as the Nissan Figaro, Audi TT, VW Beetle and the like.

I ended up in a similar discussion with my mum a couple of years ago whilst she was looking for (her words) "a girly car". After going through several options, the short list ended up with typically short nosed neat cars.

As a thought, I tried the same with some female friends and my wife, all of whom pretty much came up with the sort of answers.

Think about it, traditionally, how many women choose Corvette's, Z4's and TVR's when they are looking for their ideal car? Not many.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

14 October 2008

Does this mean the end of the Z4 Coupe then? Or will they continue with it as a separate model, much like the 3 series Coupe and 3 series convertible?

14 October 2008

Is it just me, or does this just look like a mild evolution of the current design?

The overall shape looks identical to the current model.

14 October 2008

Diesel :-(

15 October 2008

Like it so far, neat, elegant and well balanced and the engine options sound good.

Now all they have to do is make sure that the transmission is manual and works and isn't a clunker like the Z4's, keep the traction/stability control discreet so it doesn't get in the way like the Z3's and can we get rid of that awful electric steering please.

15 October 2008

i couldnt agree more

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