Pebble Beach world premiere: The new BMW generation roadster Z4 is designed to take on the Porsche 718 Boxster.

P90317029-lowResSportier, more aggressive and dynamic than the previous Z4 with the mesh kidney grille, low bonnet, large air intakes and swooping headlights. THE all-new BMW Z4 has been unveiled at the Pebble Beach, Monterey, California and thanks to BMW I got to experience everything first hand!

Here is everything you need to know about the mindblowing Z4!

 

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The BMW designer Calvin Luk, from Australia, has drawn the exterior of the new Z4. As his stylistic model he refers to the Z8 built from 2000 to 2003. The wide kidneys, the grid pattern in the radiator grill and the rather vertically aligned headlights are closely linked to the premium roadster Z8, just a fresher & newer look. The independent grill structure looks especially luxurious – according to Luk the pattern resolves in many small “airplanes”.

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The new roadster, which has been developed in conjunction with Toyota’s upcoming Supra, made its public debut in the US at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California, with global sales due to commence later this year.

BMW’s well-known kidney grille has been designed with a new mesh on the Z4; this is expected to filter into other BMW models. “It has the vertical bars of the BMW motif, but in a mesh form of mini aeroplanes. It’s reminiscent of the 328 Mille Miglia race car,” Calvin Luk, Z4’s exterior designer, said.

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The Z4 will make its European debut at the Paris show in September, when BMW intends to reveal more about its mechanical package ahead of right-hand-drive deliveries in early 2019. The initially revealed model is the flagship M40i M Performance First Edition, which uses a 335bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine.

For everyone wondering what exactly has changed to the previous model and want to go into detail, I suggest to visit the following website: https://www.motor1.com/news/263792/bmw-z4-side-by-side/

Chris Bruce, from Motor 1, has done a brilliant job comparing images with each other and showing detailed changed of the two rather different but brilliant designs. 
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The 718 Boxster rival has been designed and engineered from the ground up in a move aimed at reigniting buyer interest in roadsters in the face of dwindling sales over recent years.

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The Z4 will be built by Magna Steyr at its assembly plant in Graz, Austria, alongside the Supra.

BMW says the cars dynamic driving experience is achieved due to a combination of the central sitting position for the driver, the low centre of gravity, perfectly balanced 50:50 axle load distribution, wide tracks, and a compact wheelbase.

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Facts:

  • Despite increased dimensions, including a significant 70mm increase in width, the Z4 is also said to be around 50kg lighter than its predecessor, suggesting the M40i will weigh less than 1500kg. Its 3.0-litre engine is the same as that offered in a number of existing BMWs. With 335bhp and 332lb ft in the limited-volume M40i M Performance model, it propels the Z4 from 0-62mph in 4.6sec and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Official fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 39.7mpg and 162g/km respectively.

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  • The interior of the Z4 features a new driver-focused dashboard with technology taken from BMW’s latest saloon models. A digital instrument display and a touchscreen for the infotainment system have also been added, along with newly developed seats and a unique set of controls housed within a broad centre console. Among a long list of options are a head-up display and a Harman Kardon sound system, both of which are fitted as standard to the M40i M Performance First Edition.

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  • Powering the new Z4 will be a choice of BMW’s latest turbocharged petrol engines. Alongside the turbocharged 3.0-litre engine of the M40i, pictured in the leaked images, there will also be a Z4 30i which will use a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that produces about 248bhp.

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  • Both engines will come with standard rear-wheel drive and a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
  • A full-fat M version of the Z4 is not on the cards.

The Z4 shares parts with the upcoming Toyota Supra, following Toyota and BMW’s decision to co-develop a new sports car platform.

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The limited special edition of the roadster inspires not only with the agility, precision and dynamic handling characteristics that are so typical of BMW M Performance models, but also with particularly sophisticated design and equipment features, including a body paintwork in Frozen Orange metallic.

Thanks to BMW for the incredible event and for first hand insights to their brand new edition. Not only did they invite me along to the world premiere, but also to experience the Monterey Car Week as a whole, so stay tuned for a few more stories to come on this crazy exciting experience.

Yours, 

Laura Kukuk

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