The next-generation BMW Z4 roadster is slated to arrive in 2015, and according to new reports, it's going to be a more dynamic machine. Well, slightly more dynamic, since the Z4 will still need to squeeze into the triangulated space between better driving chops and not looking too different than the current car. Buyers may want a better driver's car, but they also want a timeless design that will still look good in 15 years.

Inside Line reports that the next Z4 will have a shortened hood and the lighter, N20 four-cylinder engine – as is found in the Z4 sDrive28i – which will mean better weight distribution. But with BMW aiming to ensure its cars maintain their image for 15 years, we look forward to seeing how engineers and designers collaborate on a harder car that won't be, in any way, too hard.


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      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reincarnate the Z3 coupe. That thing was absolutely sick.
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      A good driver's car and a beautiful design aren't mutually exclusive. In fact in most cases they aren't even on a continuum where you have to sacrifice one for the other. Its possible to make a timeless design that still has low weight, good weight distribution, and a stiff chassis. And one of the most important dynamic factors - the chassis/suspension tuning - has nothing to do with the appearance.
        benjammin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        Case in point: Aston Martin Vantage Stiff chassis, great engine, and one of the best looking timeless designs in automotive history
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW is confused about this model. Is it a roadster or grand tourer? Luxury or performance oriented? They wanted to move up market from the Z3 which was a great seller and was more hardcore than most of the competition. They should go back to the Z3 formula of small displacement and reasonably priced Miata fighter to bad ass fire breathing M versions.
      Chris Goldrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      From what I'm reading about the electric power steering, it sounds like all of the next BMWs need to be more dynamic.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris Goldrick
        The electric steering I have used was really numb, and the effort was a light as the ponderous Ford LTDs of the 1970s. But apparently that is what the US driving public likes.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to hear, the first generation model was way ahead of its time and a nice alternative to the Porsche Boxster and SLK. Hope they bring back a naturally aspirated engine for the base model
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its a shame that the current model doesnt handle near as well as the previous model. The current Z4 is one of the better looking BMWs to date with sleek lines, and a long low wide shape. It has gobs of acceleration but unfortunately its handling it numb. If they can just fix the handling the Z4 will be a great car again (should make it lighter too to accomplish this goal).
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      will always be a chick car
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      If only they could make the next one look more like the Z3 and less like the Z4...
        jvshenderson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
        Disagree. The Bangle Z4 turned old and ugly really quick (as soon as the novelty wore off) but I think the current Z4 is very beautiful. Now if they could make it drive like the Z3 (simple, light, well balanced)...... But unfortunately that's not the direction that most of BMW's product lines are going.
        futuramautoblog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
        I strongly disagree with a notion last Z4 turned old, ungly, too busy, unbalanced. It has a very classic propotion (long~~ hood with big axle to dash ratio, short deck), good volume on the right places with fresh surfacing details. I wouldn't say it's beautiful or is a perfect design, there are lots to like and appreciate about Z4. Also, there was something raw and very british about it, especially the Z4 Coupe, which is destined to become classic (just like the Z3 coupe model)
      clearwater
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW Z series has always been the ugliest convertible on the market.
      Sasha Selipanov
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...15 years my a$$, their cars look old after 15 minutes of looking at them.
      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only BMWs that will still look great in 15 years are already over 20 years old.
        futuramautoblog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        10 years ago, while handsome, everything in their line up was truly coma-inducingly boring! Let's be honest, while handsome (once again) there was nothing exciting about teutonic, straight forward German design. Go take a look at new 3. It's hardly boring. There are a lot of interesting design details to talk about everywhere! (save the rear fascia though..)
        futuramautoblog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        Nah... I don't buy that. There are plenty of great offerings that will still look good in 15 years.
          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          @futuramautoblog
          Of their current crop, the E92 M3 is about the only thing they've got that's easy on the eyes. Everything else is either coma-inducingly boring or horrendously ugly. 10 years ago, their entire lineup was attractive, save for the then-new Bangled 7-Series, which began their downfall in design. 11 years ago was their peak in design, as everything they had was quite a looker.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Non-retractable hardtop of GTFO.
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