• Nov 25, 2008
One of the vehicles that was teased in the run-up to the LA Auto Show, but never made it to the floor, was the redesigned 2009 BMW Z4. Rumors of the Z4's impending arrival have been circulating for months, and according to a source inside BMW, the automaker might reveal the restyled coupe and convertible next month.

Drivetrain choices will include either a naturally aspirated or twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, found in the 328i and 335i, respectively, with an M version packing the M3's V8 and a carbon fiber roof. In addition to new front and rear fascias, a lower roofline and a ducktail spoiler, BMW is expected to employ a handful of stylistic differences to separate the Z4 coupe from its folding hardtop sibling. For 2009, BMW is expected to drop the soft-top Z4 and only offer the folding hardtop.

The rumored Z2 is currently in the works and could be available in both coupe and cabrio variants, and equipped with some form of BMW's EfficientDynamics system. The 1-series-based two-door is expected to be powered by either a naturally aspirated or turbocharged 2.0-liter four, and there's also talk of a hybrid version utilizing BMW's eDrive system.

UPDATE: BMW has put together a Dexter-inspired teaser site for a new model set to be revealed in 19 days. We'll know what's up on December 14th.


[Source: GermanCarZone via BMWBlog]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      If this thing will use 1 series architecture, lets hope it goes on a serious diet before it goes into production. Being small isn't the key to being fun- being light IS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If BMW sticks to M's tradition of rev-happy engines this could be the best thing to happen to small roadsters since the S2000. Direct-injected turbo fours will do nicely on the base model. Where do I sign up?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not suer what is more impressive, the fact that nothing has really leaked yet on this car? The fact that few people care and hence no leak.

      Or the fact that this will most likely be a Cayman killer, at a better price, if pricing does not go up much over the current gen.

      And the Z4 coupe is one of the best looking cars ever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's the point of offering a coupe model as well as a folding hardtop for such a small market? Especially how well the Z4 Coupe *didn't* sell? (I don't think this is a phenomenon limited to BMW either- how often does one see a Porsche Cayman?)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Pretty damn often around my way. Just sayin'.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very often.

        From what I've been able to find, here are the production numers for the the Boxster and Cayman:

        Production 2005/2006
        Boxster: 14,383 Units
        Cayman: 16,297 Units

        Production 2006/2007:
        Boxster: 11,727 Units
        Cayman: 14,985 Units
      • 6 Years Ago
      I lost track of Mercedes nomenclature long ago. Now I'm losing track of BMW. What next? Porsche? Actually ...

      • 6 Years Ago
      The Alpina B7, as gorgeous as it is, is a tuner car, not a BMW factory product.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So RUF is a tuner??? Or is Shelby a Tuner?

        NO, they are not they are all a little different.
      • 6 Years Ago
      that is HOT
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe if the Z4 were a 2+2 convertible and the Z2 was a true two seater.
        • 6 Years Ago
        no I'd rather them be both 2 seaters but be like this

        Z2 = SLK class
        Z4 = SL class
        • 6 Years Ago
        WTF? Get a 6-series.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the weight on this next Z4 to be in the 3400-3600lb range. Now THAT would be rich!
      • 6 Years Ago

      The Z2 thing is a uncorfimed rumor. I really don't see it happen and those board-"sceptics" should keep cool until it's confirmed, or not, before they start BMW-bashing.

      The new Z4 – a beauty IMHO.
      The new fleet design is promising.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So what happens at "new model planning"?
      Engineers and product planners sit around to figure out how to make proposal heavier and larger and more complex? Who cares where the model fits in the line-up? Just as long as it can be optioned up to 40K-$50,000.
      Looks pretty good,tho. I hope it is not too heavy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the coupe keeps that roofline, I will kill myself..
        • 6 Years Ago
        I love the coupe. I think it's the most singular car on the road today. Too rare, though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Call me strange, but I've always loved the Z coupe roof line. I like the Z3 based M coupe too, but I didn't like the roadsters.
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