In 2009, the E89 BMW Z4 came to market. The two seater roadster featured for the first time a retractable hardtop like the Mercedes SLK while maintaining its long hood and short overhangs. Now, the E89 Z4 is due for BMW’s usual life cycle impulse (LCI), or in other words, a facelift.
Minimally disguised prototypes are running around in Germany, an indication of a release in the next few months. Based on the recent spy photos, we can deduct that the changes are minor, mostly around the headlights, taillights, side mirrors and gills which we expect to follow a similar design as seen on the 6 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe.
The lights will feature brighter daytime running lights with white corona rings and the illuminated eyebrow at the top of the light unit. The side mirrors will also house the signal indicators, despite missing from the recent spy photos.
Inside, the driver and his occupant will enjoy the latest generation iDrive and navigation system, along with the a free-standing display that will replace the currently installed folding monitor.
Under the hood, the entry-level Z4 models will take advantage of the turbocharged four-cylinder engines paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission. We also believe that the Z4 sDrive35i model will use an updated six-cylinder 3.0 liter twin-scroll engine that offers lower fuel consumption as well. It remains unknown at the moment what BMW plans to do with its high-end Z4 sDrive35is model. The idea of a Z4 tuned by M and sold under the new M Performance Automobiles family sounds pretty appealing to us.
The BMW Z4 LCI will launch in time for the 2013 top down season.[Photo by Autoblog]