If you thought that the addition of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four would suffice as a mid-cycle refresh for the charming BMW Z4 roadster, think again. We've driven – and enjoyed – the new four-pot mill that speaks to both performance and efficiency, but as evidenced by this latest set of spy shots, some minimal tweaks are indeed in store for Bavaria's little droptop.

And minimal they are. The only camouflage to be found on this prototype are on the headlamps, taillamps, and spaces where the side indicators would normally reside. For its mid-cycle enhancement, BMW will be incorporating the side indicators into the mirrors, and the camouflage at the fore and aft light clusters suggests that some new lamps will be incorporated into the design. Don't expect too much to change at the rear, but up front, BMW's "angel eyes" will likely take on a similar (read: squarer) shape akin to what's available on the new 3 Series, trimmed with LED eyeliner.

We won't rule out the possibility of some powertrain tweaks or perhaps even some massaging to the front fascia, but until we have any sort of hard evidence, rest assured this German roadster won't be changing too much in its current lifecycle.


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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      one of the few truly great looking bmws. don't mess it up!!!
      AE86
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is hands down the best looking BMW on sale right now
        Teleny411
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AE86
        I'm no fan of its hefty weight, (ditch the hardtop please) but I agree with you on that one. It's the only BMW these days with any stylining panache.
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        AE86
        • 2 Years Ago
        Myabe in base form... but fully decked with the beefy front/body work and bigger wheels it looks nice
      Apoc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully they also "facelifted" the folding roof. So beautiful with the top down, so ugly with the top up.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad the car has morphed into a very expensive GT. Long gone are the days of the relatively affordable Z3.
        Teleny411
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        yeah the z3 wa a classic, even the 1.9. The z4 is not.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      If only it had an S54 :'( and also less weight.
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      guinnessfanatic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd hardly call it "little" anymore. And as pointed out elsewhere: No manual option, not a roadster. BMW is just selling it's soul more every day....
        Matt Hannah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guinnessfanatic
        There's a manual available on both the 28i and 35i...
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      Trimmed with LED eyeliner" Lol this makes BMW sound like there for B-itches Lol
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      Toyota ft-86
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who is disliking all the comments?
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