• Dec 13th 2008 at 8:30PM
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Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2010 BMW Z4

BMW will unveil the all-new Z4 roadster at the Detroit Auto Show next month, but there's no need to wait for the show in Motown to see the car in non-spyshot form, as all the Euro-spec details were officially released when the clock struck midnight in Munich. We're into the new bodywork, which is pretty voluptuous compared to the preceding model, with a hint of 507 lineage evident in the car's lines. Follow the jump for the rest of the skinny.

Up front, wide double-kidney grilles establish an aggressive face. Out back, the tail is cleaner and more elegant than the current car's, featuring simpler, wraparound taillamps with attractive lighting effects. The biggest change of all, of course, can be found in the roofline. As was the case in the 3 Series, the soft top has been retired in favor of a retractable metal roof. There's a subtle "double-bubble" effect evident when it's in place, and its use reportedly improves outward visibility with the top up. 20 seconds is how long you need to wait for it to raise or stow.

European models have three engine selections, and the Z4 employs BMW's ridiculous new naming scheme, as first seen on the X6. The Z4 sDrive23i is probably Euro-only, powered by a 2.5L inline-6 making 204 horses via a six-speed manual or automatic. Next up is the Z4 sDrive30i, which features the normally-aspirated 3.0L I6 we're all familiar with. Here, it makes 258 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque. That's enough to get it to 62 mph in 5.8 seconds (with the stick). Fun times. the sDrive30i also comes with either a 6-speed manual or automatic. Those of you looking for the ass-kicker Z4 want the sDrive35i, which gets the excellent twin-turbo 3.0L and 306 horsepower. 0-62 takes 5.2 seconds with the manual tranny, but you shave a tenth off that if you opt for the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Inside, the cabin is refreshingly simple with attractive wood accents, slick-looking new HVAC controls and a straightforward cockpit layout. iDrive has now made its way into the Z4, but it's the new, allegedly more intuitive version that was first introduced in the new 7 Series. The LCD display sinks into the instrument panel when not in use.

So, best Z3/Z4 yet? Probably. We'll crawl all over it next month in Detroit, after which we'll be impatiently awaiting some real seat time, which ought to be a kick.

[Source: BMW]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a Z4 trying to be a Z8. Not that that's a bad thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a good looking car but it's inferior in design to the first Z4. This looks like a boulevard cruiser...comfortable, spacious....soft.

      The first one had character. It made it very clear what it was...a handling machine with crafter bodywork.

      In essence...the first Z4 was an athlete, this one is a business man.

      Either way, I'd way the Audi TT/TT-S or the SLK. No contest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Obviously this is a polarizing "loveit/hate it" design, which is good in a way.

      I think it takes design cues from the iconic BMW 507 and reinterprets them for the 21st century.

      The shape of the windshield, the side windows, side vents and h/t as well as the character line on the side all echo the 507.


      The rear could be better but it's a vast improvement on the clumsy rear of the current Z4. I'm anxious to see this car, it could find a place on my drean roadster list.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, not a bad looking Chrysler. Better than the Sebring, for sure!
      • 6 Years Ago
      well, I like it, better than the 1 series at least.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it reminds me of a mini 6 series...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats one ugly sucker. Bet many suckers will pay 60-65k for them too....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thats one ugly sucker. Bet many UGLY suckers will pay 60-65k for them too....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't like the front. Reminds me of a Chrysler Crossfire.

      Kidney grill looks idiotic. Whole front is a fire and miss. Sides lack the sculpted front end of the current model back the wheel arch on the new model's back tire is sexy (like a Cayman). In fact, rear 3/4 view is the only view that's good!

      Trunk's a mess.

      Regardless, what's the weight now as the Z4 is no longer a light, fun car if they're adding an idiotic hardtop to it? 3500 lbs? 3600 lbs? Shame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interior suck!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen. Superb styling by BMW designers and a true rolling sculpture. Oh my God that is gorgeous!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Huge improvement. It no longer looks like it's been in an accident.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the most coherent and complete BMW design in the Bangle era. even thinking about buying one now...
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