BMW Z4

First drive: 2019 BMW Z4 M40i in Portugal

First drive: 2019 BMW Z4 M40i in Portugal

Roadsters aren’t the big-volume players in BMW’s line-up, but this genre has thrown up some of the Bavarian marque’s most iconic models over the years, dating back to the timeless 328 (1936-40) and sublime 507 (1956-59). In more recent times, we’ve had the offbeat Z1 (with its unusual vertically sliding doors) and the beautiful Z8 that served as James Bond’s ride in the 1999 blockbuster The World is Not Enough.

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2019 BMW Z4 arrives in 3 trims

2019 BMW Z4 arrives in 3 trims

Countless rumours, speculation and spy shots later, arrives the 2019 BMW Z4. The roadster revealed its face at the Pebble Beach in its most powerful M40i guise which was later followed by the lesser sDrive20i and sDrive30i models.

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Video of the week: BMW Z4 GT3 assembly in 600 hours

Video of the week: BMW Z4 GT3 assembly in 600 hours


The special-order BMW Z4 GT3 is a fixed-roof racing car offered by BMW to anyone ready to cough up US$ 400,000. The only problem is, in true IKEA style, you end up overpaying for something that comes in self-assembly-required boxes. Swedish racing team, Team West Coast Racing, bought the Z4 GT3, powered by a 480 hp 4.0-litre V8, and took 600 hours to finish building it, over 25 days.

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Long-term update: 2006 BMW Z4 wrap-up

Long-term update: 2006 BMW Z4 wrap-up


Since my last report, much has happened with the “Z.” Besides getting a job in Abu Dhabi which called for multiple trips in the week to Abu Dhabi and back to Dubai, I had taken the car twice to Fujairah, became airborne with the car (almost becoming airborne myself!), and eventually selling it where it was shipped to Iran in June 2010. As a petrolhead, it was a fun experience to keep it always waxed up, hearing the deep exhaust and induction noise and most of all, driving with the roof down. An added minor benefit of having blue xenon lights is that traffic seems to get out of one’s way much faster.

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Comparo: 2010 BMW Z4 vs 2000 BMW Z3 M Roadster

Comparo: 2010 BMW Z4 vs 2000 BMW Z3 M Roadster


We’ve had in our possession a 2000 BMW Z3 M Roadster since the beginning of 2008. It is as close as limited-income people like us can get to owning an exotic car without selling off kidneys and limbs. But in the past decade, the Z3 was replaced by the Z4, and then came a second-generation Z4 in 2009. So for a few days in 2010, we had in our possession a BMW Z4 sDrive30i. Ironically, the new mid-range Z4 now costs as much as the M Roadster used to cost a decade ago. So is a regular Z4 really at the same level as an M-tuned Z3 of the past?

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So we got a 2010 BMW Z4 sDrive30i

So we got a 2010 BMW Z4 sDrive30i


So we finally get our hands on the all-new BMW Z4, if only because we now have friends within BMW. We suspect our tester, with 12000 km on the clock already, is really a 2009 rental model, but for the purposes of this preview we’ll refer to it as a 2010, to avoid appearing outdated. Remarkably, the car looks to be in perfect shape, which can’t be said for most test vehicles we get from Infiniti. Maybe the German firm is now concentrating on durability more than the Japanese themselves?

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