Say goodbye to BMW Z4, no longer manufactured
A few days ago, the last BMW Z4 left the assembly line in Spartanburg (USA). It was on August 22 last, to be exact, and it was a Z4 sDrive35 is. Incidentally, the Z4 has already disappeared BMW online configurator. Even so, there are still some units in stock.
The disappearance of the Z4 also means the death of inline 6 – cylinder twin -turbo N54 that equipped the BMW Z4 sDrive35is, an engine that until 2010 saw several versions 35i of BMW, as the X6 xDrive35i or 335i, which also gave life to 1M Coupé .
The BMW Z4 was born in 2002 at the Paris Motor Show (such as E85), as a substitute for Z3 and Porsche Bosxter rival, Audi TT and Mercedes-Benz SLK as.It was never as luxurious as the Mercedes-SLK or as practical as the Audi TT, but its precise dynamic performance and agile rival ranked it as the Porsche Boxster.Only finishes, slightly below the Porsche, detracted attractive in this segment.
In 2009 came the second generation Z4, the E89 , in the form of a coupe-cabrio.His set-point not as radical as in the E85 and the retractable hardtop made it a direct rival to the Mercedes-Benz SLK and therefore no longer the Porsche Boxster.And although more powerful versions, such as the Z4 sDrive35is could compete fearlessly with the Porsche Boxster, the Z4 had already lost that little point of radical roadster and so communicative.
And now that? Logically, we all think of the expected arrival Z5 – if that is his name developed in collaboration with Toyota . What it makes us wonder if equip a hybrid propellant. There are also rumors about a four-wheel drive. We’ll know in a few months.