Our friends at Worldcarfans are reporting that BMW has no plans for a new BMW Z4 M, based on the recently unveiled roadster. Even though a BMW spokesperson confirmed the report for iMotor.co.uk, we’re keeping this at a rumor level. But, the confirmation rumor is pretty much similar to what we have been saying for the past few months: BMW has no plans, SO FAR, to build a motorsport version of the new E89 Z4.
BMW blames the current economic situation on the decision of axing the Z4 M, but it also places a big question mark next to the upcoming BMW X5 M and X6 M. Sure, BMW has approved these models at least a couple of years back, so this could explain the need to release them next month.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXLm4kl73jE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
BMW Z4 fans will have to settle for the high-end sDrive35i model, along with a M Sport package and in the future, the upgraded twin-turbo 3.0 liter engine from the 7 Series. Sure, the M Sport Package will be similar to the ZMP one recently released for the 1,3 and 5 Series and it includes upgraded Sport Suspension, aerodynamic package, M Sports leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, M gearshift level, M footrest and many other gimmicks.
But, let me leave you with this, typically an M model is released a year or two after the “regular” cars are available, so in the next couple of years, many things might change. If indeed 2010 will be a recovery year with companies starting to report profits again, plans might and will change, and a Z4 M could make the cut this time.
In the mean time, let’s enjoy this: