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Next Generation BMW Z4: A More Dynamic Sports Car

Rumors | May 8th, 2012 by 11
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In 2015 BMW will introduce the next generation Z4. A BMW source told InsideLine that the 2015 Z4 will be more dynamic than the previous …

In 2015 BMW will introduce the next generation Z4. A BMW source told InsideLine that the 2015 Z4 will be more dynamic than the previous models by offering a more agile and sportier ride. Same source the change won’t be radical in order to avoid losing the fans of the current roadster.

The styling of the 2015 Z4 will go through changes, from the long hood found on the E89 Z4 to a shorter one.

The handling will be improved by creating a more balanced Z4 that takes advantage of the smaller and lighter four-cylinder engines. Last year BMW replaced the 3.0 liter six-cylinder powerplant with the smaller, more efficient and equally powerful N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. Therefore the weight distribution in the new model will be vastly improved.

An interesting tidbit is reported around the new design of the roadster. The creative minds at BMW are working under a new set of design guidelines that will give the cars a look that carries over the next 15 years. “The thinking here is that the longevity of modern cars means that older BMWs still have an impact on brand image. So they’re now designed with timelessness in mind, avoiding stand-out features that might age quickly,” says InsideLine.

Porsche Boxter is the competitor BMW is looking to overcome and the next generation Z4 might offer a great contender.

[Source: InsideLine ]

 

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  • LaMa

    the Z4 is a great car and no, its not a Boxster rival. There could be an //M model that takes on that role but the Z4 as a convertible roadster should go  against the MB SL now, which is selling strongly.
    The original Z3 was an upscale Miata, the current Z4 is more of a (not so) poor-man SL.
    I still like it and the fact that its a blop on its own, not the car’s fault. The market in that segment is not wide at the moment. a 55-70k usd convertible market is about all empty. Either 25-45k usd cars sells good or the 90k+ MB Aston, Jaguar, etc.
    The Audi A5 convertible is the close rival which is also a slow seller.

    • Fredyschiftan

      The z4 should loose weight, now with the powerful new 4 cylinder it could be a great chance to blow off Porsche Boxster , needs better handling and material .weight is the main issue.

      • mckillio

        It definitely sounds like the new Z will lose some weight.  The current N20 Z4 has the same 0-60 time as the Boxter and the Boxter is almost 400lbs lighter.  

    • Fredyschiftan

      The z4 should loose weight, now with the powerful new 4 cylinder it could be a great chance to blow off Porsche Boxster , needs better handling and material .weight is the main issue.

    • mckillio

      What do you mean this isn’t a boxter rival?  They msrp within $1k of each other.  And the base SL is more than twice as much as the base Z4.  And the A5 is definitely not a rival, it’s a 4-seater.  

    • Otto

       You certainly meant the MB SLK, not the SL. The SL has no rivals actually, since the Cadillac XLR and the Lexus SC are phased out.

  • LaMa

    the Z4 is a great car and no, its not a Boxster rival. There could be an //M model that takes on that role but the Z4 as a convertible roadster should go  against the MB SL now, which is selling strongly.
    The original Z3 was an upscale Miata, the current Z4 is more of a (not so) poor-man SL.
    I still like it and the fact that its a blop on its own, not the car’s fault. The market in that segment is not wide at the moment. a 55-70k usd convertible market is about all empty. Either 25-45k usd cars sells good or the 90k+ MB Aston, Jaguar, etc.
    The Audi A5 convertible is the close rival which is also a slow seller.

  • Giom

    I don’t like the idea of a shorter hood. That is one of the Z4 attributes I really like. It is going to be interesting to see what the BMWs of the next 15 years will look like. But from my pov, BMWs already have a timelessness in their designs (not the old X3).

  • http://www.facebook.com/rtcalo Ricky Calo

    The E85 was a blast to drive, light and low it hugged the road like a true BMW. It’s design was a little flaming but i liked it. The E89 is a chic’s car no doubt it’s heavy, luxurious, and good looking. A boulevard cruiser nothing more, BMW needs to get back to its roots.

  • bmw SUCKS

    Very funny. A sports car? The pathetic bmw has nothing in common with the term “sports car”.

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