The BMW Z4M might not be dead after all. According to InsideLine, the M division at BMW is working on a proposal to develop a Z4M roadster.
“There are days when it hurts not to have one, but there was no compelling business case at the time when the decision was taken,” Albert Biermann, head of product development told Inside Line. “We are trying to make a case but there are so many factors to consider.”
When the Munich-based company announced the launch of a new Z4 Roadster, everyone wondered when and if a Z4 M version will follow. BMW quickly came forward, and unofficially crushed the dreams and hopes of their fans. With the economic crisis hitting hard every automaker, BMW felt there is no business case for a full-on M version of the Z4.
To alienate the pain, BMW started working on sport version of the Z4. Dubbed Z4 sDrive35is, the enhanced and faster “is” came to the market in 2010 with a 3.0L twin-turbocharged direct-fuel-injected inline-6 and 335 horsepower at 5,900 rpm/332lb-ft of torque.
The Z4 35is is using M-branded parts, both on the inside and outside the car.
Recently, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said the company is looking to use the Z4 GT3 in one of the US racing championships.
Furthermore, the Motorsport boss says BMW is now committed to “production car-based racing,” a new entry-level car to allow enthusiasts to progress from track days to racing. “We’d like to do a car that you could buy and run in 6-7 races for around €100,000 ($138,000).”
Could this be the Z4M?