Detroit 2009: BMW Z4 World Debut

BMW Z4 | January 11th, 2009 by 14

The 2009 BMW Z4 has been unveiled just minutes ago at the Detroit Auto Show. As expected, a large audience was present for the World …

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The 2009 BMW Z4 has been unveiled just minutes ago at the Detroit Auto Show. As expected, a large audience was present for the World Debut of one of the most awaited BMW vehicles in the last years.

Designed by a team formed mostly of female designers, the new 2009 Z4 is BMW’s bet for this year. As Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW’s Chief of Development, said, the new Z4 was designed with the US market in mind and mostly for the US market. Of course, Germany, UK, Italy and Japan will plan an important role in the global sales.


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Exterior Design

The new Z4 is everything you thought it is and MORE, the first impression of the car was elegance, classy and reinvented. From the flame surfacing to the two side creases coming from the back of the car all the way to the front, the Z4 sets a new standard for BMW and for any future competitor roadsters.

Another crease starts behind the door handle and moves up towards the A-pillar, where it starts to run through the hood towards the nose, outlines the inner edge of the headlight cluster and it ends at the lower outer corner of the front grille.

The central creases are sharper and ending before reaching the hood front cut line, forming a small V shape that surround the BMW roundel. As seen in the press photos, the BMW logo sitting on the bumper rather than a hood, it’s a nice touch and well integrated into the front design.

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The inner edges of the headlights are  pointy and sharp, with a bit of CS Concept in there. The front-end is all about the “new shark” and if you were worried about the front-grille being too large, don’t even sweat it. It is perfect for the wide front end without giving the impression of oversize.

The rear end is designed just any roadster should be designed: short but massive. The lid and the trunk with the integrated braking light are just some of those details that could not be overlooked.


Interior Design

Based on the CS Concept and the Z8 models, the new interior designed by Miss Nadia Arnaud is without any doubt the best BMW interior design to date. The driver-oriented dashboard makes its comeback as seen in the new 7 Series as well, and it is an upgrade from the flat dash found in the previous Z4.

The design is far from being cluttered, the control buttons have been designed with simplicity and usability in mind, without sacrificing the luxury element. The steering wheel seems to be the perfect size, with aluminum trim integrated within and “sportiness” written all over it.

There were two cars on display, my favorite, Deep Sea Blue and the Orion Silver. Which one do you think it stands out? The gorgeous Deep Sea Blue, a color that I would love to see on some M models.

That’s it for now, but I have more information that I acquired while talking to Juliane, Nadia, Manfred Porschenrieder and Adrian Van Hooydonk.

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14 responses to “Detroit 2009: BMW Z4 World Debut”

  1. Paul Milligan says:

    I like the design direction BMW is moving in for 2009 and on. The new 7-series and this new Z4 are great looking cars. I’m hoping the new 5-series looks as good.

  2. mpower says:


    Such a beautiful car,exterior and interior.

    BMW ! .

  3. Benny says:

    Great Pics! And tons of them! Thanks a lot :-)

  4. Gord says:

    Great looing cars, but I also liked the bangle era of bimmers.

  5. Lawrence says:

    Beautiful car, love the sexy curves that this car has. Cant wait to see the next ge. 3er. Oh, by the way, does BMW own Rolls Royce?, just curious.

  6. Brookside says:

    Deep in the photographs (wonderful job Horatiu) are photographs of BMW’s design braintrust; Bangle, Van Hooydoonk, Blasi and Arnaud standing around the car.
    Great to see the creative class acknowledged and in attendance.

    In the long run I think the car will be cited for it’s breakthru interior design that seems bound to influence the rest of the line, not to mention the legion of manufacturers who copy BMW’s design leadership.

    Can’t wait to see the car in person.

  7. Josh B says:

    Wow! looks great. BMW have pulled up their socks and are moving away from Mercedes-benz more and more with the new Z4 and new 7. Both are becoming more BMWish, a drivers car. I think BMW is even more of a driver oriantated car then Audi. BMW has brought the cool back into their range.

  8. roffle waffle says:

    why do they even bother with the golde one? not a good color (in pictures)

  9. miles says:

    wheels on the blue one look great!!!! love this car

  10. bunker says:

    She’s soooooo smokin’ hot.
    Thanks for the massive set of pics, Horatiu!

  11. Horatiu B. says:

    More photos to come guys, by tomorrow, you should have even MORE. Now I need to get back to Chitown. I ended up going back to the BMW floor after the crowds moved away and took some new photos. I also used a small HD camera to shoot some video, so that will be coming up to.

    Of course, the quality of the videos are not extremely great, some people moving in front of it, but it will give you an original idea of the car :)

    And yes, the car looks amazing in person, Adrian Van Hooydonk is extremely excited about it, spoke with him for a few minutes and Juliane Blasi explained to me the Z4 design for at least 30 min.

    Great people at BMW and very approachable.

  12. BTDH says:

    I was really looking forward to this car. The body and interior is amazing. However, I am disappointed in the silver 3.0’s standard gearshift. Apparently, the electronic ‘joystick’ gearshift is only available for the 3.5s.

  13. Brookside says:

    To appease potential Lexus owners who are considering the sporty switch….commonly known as “Golditis”- it afflicts many Lexus, and to a lesser extent, Acura owners.

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