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    New BMW Z4

    New BMW Z4

    Feast your eyes on BMW's all-new sports car: the Z4. Due to go on sale at the end of next year, the Porsche Boxster rival is being given a fresh look, with a bulging bonnet hump, larger twin kidney grilles and wide stance.

    The original 'flame surfacing' styling, pioneered by former BMW design chief Chris Bangle, is still present, but it's been toned down with a simpler, more athletic shape.

    And the newcomer has a big trick up its sleeve: a folding metal roof. This retractable steel top will be similar in design to that on the company's latest 3-Series Convertible, and will be offered alongside a traditional soft-top model. The Z4 will also feature a new range of powerful engines, including a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six. There's also the possibility of diesel power - which would be a first for the range.

    A flagship M model could get the new 4.0-litre V8 from the M3 - although most versions will still be sold with four-cylinder and normally aspirated six-cylinder petrol powerplants. BMW's new seven-speed SMG DCT twin-clutch transmission will also be available in the roadster for the first time.

    All models will benefit from the manufacturer's Efficient Dynamics programme, which uses stop/start technology to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.

    Under the skin, the platform is shared with the latest 3-Series, so the rear-wheel-drive Z4 will continue to offer sharp handling.

    Re: New BMW Z4

    OMG, BMW did the impossible, the new one is uglier than the old one, especially the front. The old one's front looks like a pig's nose and this new one looks like a parrot with a deformed beak.

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    It's like everybody's driving Disneyland characters around nowadays.

    Cars have to have this "personality" of an aggressive snake or reptile in order to appeal.

    Let's just hurry up and go all the way and have a _REAL_ Batman-looking car. I think the public is now stoopid enough for it.

    Re: New BMW Z4

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    trev0006 said:
    New BMW Z4

    And the newcomer has a big trick up its sleeve: a folding metal roof. This retractable steel top will be similar in design to that on the company's latest 3-Series Convertible, and will be offered alongside a traditional soft-top model.




    Good thinking to keep the canvas top for those who want to travel light. Metal folding should be at least 100kg more.

    Re: New BMW Z4

    I think it looks great.

    Re: New BMW Z4

    We'll get used to it after a few months... It isn't bad all.

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    Moogle said:
    We'll get used to it after a few months... It isn't bad all.



    Yeah..., you're probably right. I was in a bad mood above.

    Nevertheless it bothers me that cars today tend to have "faces" of aggressive animals. Maybe I need psychoanalysis.


    Re: New BMW Z4

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    MMD said:
    Quote:
    Moogle said:
    We'll get used to it after a few months... It isn't bad all.



    Yeah..., you're probably right. I was in a bad mood above.

    Nevertheless it bothers me that cars today tend to have "faces" of aggressive animals. Maybe I need psychoanalysis.





    Don't worry... Porsche will always keep their passive frog face intact.

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    I think it is hot!

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    Concerning the front end, could it be I'm wrong and they're going more toward "Fabulous" and away from "Aggressive Reptile?"



    Re: New BMW Z4

    Is this a BMW drawing or some trashy rendition? Looks like @ss,IMO.

    Re: New BMW Z4

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    trev0006 said:

    And the newcomer has a big trick up its sleeve: a folding metal roof. This retractable steel top will be similar in design to that on the company's latest 3-Series Convertible, and will be offered alongside a traditional soft-top model.



    To even offer the option of a folding steel roof proves yet again that BMW haven't a clue about building sports cars.

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    dreamcar said:
    Quote:
    trev0006 said:

    And the newcomer has a big trick up its sleeve: a folding metal roof. This retractable steel top will be similar in design to that on the company's latest 3-Series Convertible, and will be offered alongside a traditional soft-top model.



    To even offer the option of a folding steel roof proves yet again that BMW haven't a clue about building sports cars.



    Like the rumors were for the 3-series convertible, but there won't even be an option for soft-top.

    Re: New BMW Z4

    Great looking car !! I had a shot in the 'old' M Z4 a rocket on wheels IMO.

    Regards,

    Mark

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    Official photoshoot/videoshoot for the E89 press release will take place this weekend in Australia. Hopefully someone will spot it and post up some pics

    Re: New BMW Z4

    This photoshop is good approximation, but still isn't accurate...

    Re: New BMW Z4

    Some new photos from hot-weather testing:





    Re: New BMW Z4

    It seems much bigger and has more of a road presence. Look forward to seeing the real thing. Presume it won't be shown till Frankfurt next year.

    Re: New BMW Z4

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    ezzie said:
    It seems much bigger and has more of a road presence. Look forward to seeing the real thing. Presume it won't be shown till Frankfurt next year.



    I have seen prototype in Munich and looks lower, wider and more muscular. Lenght is similar to current one..

    Official pictures will be showed in November or December this year, while official presentation will be in Geneva next year. After Geneva motorshow (in April) new Z4 will be deliverable

    Re: New BMW Z4

    Proportions look very interesting.
    It look like it will be the last real roadster.

    Re: New BMW Z4

    Good to know it will be available earlier.

    Re: New BMW Z4

    Really ugly... I agree it's uglier than the previous model. I think that BMW needs to check the designer of the Z4 production... This car's getting worse and worse as the models change...

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    Apparently 8MW M's CEO has announced that there wont be a M derivative for the new model. e89 z4 production is also being moved from NA to europe thus making it more expensive and less feasible to produce an M version.

    Re: New BMW Z4

    Wow they should release that last balck one with all the holes in it - would be quite a head turner! Duh!

    Re: New BMW Z4

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    Georgie997S said:
    Really ugly... I agree it's uglier than the previous model. I think that BMW needs to check the designer of the Z4 production... This car's getting worse and worse as the models change...



    I can't understand people who judge a car and say its ugly based on photoshop or heavy camouflage prototype...

    Re: New BMW Z4

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    ezzie said:
    Good to know it will be available earlier.



    Press release: 5.11.

    Re: New BMW Z4

    And a few photos:










    Re: New BMW Z4

    looks promising...

    Re: New BMW Z4

    WOW! BMW's got a design department in desperate need of decapitation.

    That hideous camoflage "styling" makes the actual uncamo-ed car seem even uglier. Is that even possible???





    Re: New BMW Z4

    WOW !! love the wheels on the last pics's 3 series estate !



     
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