With the Z2/Z1′s move to the FWD UKL platform, the return of the BMW Z3 (RWD) is currently being considered. The new Z3 would come in traditional soft-top and coupe versions and would be based on the F20 1-series generation’s modular platform.
But it doesn’t end there for BMW’s roadster lineup changes. The Z4 would be renamed the Z5 which would allow it to grow in size and for the smaller Z3 to slot in under it in the roadster lineup. The Z5 would utilize the F30 … CONTINUED
In case you missed it, the BMW Performance Parts Manager recent revealed that the BMW Performance Power Kit will soon be coming in two stages, for both the N54 and N55 motors. Stage 1 PPK will be software upgrade only and Stage 2 PPK will be software and hardware upgrades.
The BMW Z4 GT3 has been modified/upgraded for the 2011 GT3 race season, fine-tuning its aerodynamics for better performance and BMW’s ECU408 engine management controller, with the Power400 electronic control unit is responsible for controlling all the actuators. Gearshifts are now initiated using two paddles.
Check out the world premiere of the first upgraded 2011 BMW Z4 GT3 (team Alpina Watches), raced in the France GT Championship.
All auto manufacturer tries to keep new models they’re working on a secret. Yet, there are cars virtually everyone knows about based on speculation or inside information. One of these cars is the BMW Z2 roadster. The Z4 has long abandoned the niche the BMW Z3 was once designed for. So it’s only reasonable that BMW is looking to re-enter that niche again — a small and pure roadster, affordable, light, fun. We’ve reported earlier about BMW working on a Z2 offering such a package. There … CONTINUED
Reporting LIVE from the 2011 New York International Autoshow (NYIAS)! The show has officially kicked off its media days and we can tell you already this show is better with more variety of cars on display then usually seen at the NYIAS.
The BMW display was in its normal place with its typical hardwood floors and a wide array of vehicles on display. Of course, the really important vehicles on display at the BMW stand are:
New BMW 6 Series Coupe
New BMW ActiveE
BMW 1M Vallencia Orange
BMW Z4 … CONTINUED
Here are the first photos of the US bound turbo 4-cylinder Z4 sDrive28i, unveiled this morning at BMW of Manhattan, courtesy of Jalopnik.
BMW Furthers Commitment to Mobility in Urban Environments with plans to renovate its NYC BMW and MINI dealerships for a sustainable future, the introduction of the BMW ActiveE full-electric vehicle and lease pricing for use in major US urban environments, including metropolitan NY area, and the introduction of the Z4 sDrive28i, the first vehicle to mark the return of powerful, efficient and clean 4-cylinder BMW engines back to the US.
The exterior designer of the E89 Z4, Juliane Blasi, speaks about the design process and inspirations behind the beautiful E89 Z4 roadster. Clip features Juliane using sketching, clay modeling and a tape drawing to bring out the character of her design for the Z4 Roadster.
We have now posted live photos of the Design Pure Balance Z4 sDrive35is. The mineral white metallic plus cohiba brown interior is a classy and beautiful combination in person.
The AC Schnitzer 99d generates only 99g/km CO2 – that’s less than any standard BMW vehicle available at present.
And despite this, driving pleasure is guaranteed thanks to 190 HP / 140 kW. The 99d accelerates from 0 – 100 in an electrifying 6.9 s and has a top speed of 235 km/h – a vehicle with all the sporting genes, in fact a true AC Schnitzer. And with a fuel consumption of just 3.8 litres diesel per 100 km.
So how does this Concept Car by AC … CONTINUED
Available for sale in the Summer of 2011 is a brand new package from BMW for the Z4, furthering its individual cred. The package first and formost comes with the stunning Mineral White metallic exterior color that M3 owners have been raving about for some time now, and will maintain its exclusivity by only being available on the Z4 as part of this package. Alternatively, people purchasing this package can also choose any other normally available exterior color for the Z4.
On the inside, the leather stiched … CONTINUED
Among AC Schnitzer’s debuts at the Geneva auto show next week will be the AC Schnitzer Z4 99d (a 320d Z4).
The 99d packs 140 kW / 190 hp and 420 Nm of torque under its hood, dashing from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 235 km/h. Its weight has been reduced by 230kg over the factory Z4. What’s most impressive however, is the efficiency of this powerplant, with fuel consumption of just 3.8 L diesel per … CONTINUED
MWDesign reveals its “White Flame” E89 Z4 project featuring OEM and 3DDesign aero parts. The full modificaitons list includes: 3DDesign Front Spoiler, 3DDesign Rear Trunk Spoiler, OEM 3.5is M-Sport Rear Bumper w/ Custom Matte, Grey Diffuser Insert, OEM Gloss Black Front Brake Ducts, Alpine White Roll Bars w/ Cusotm Pinstriping, Custom Pinstripe Design on Side Bod Panels and Side Mirrors, H&R Sports Springs, Millitek 2x100mm Catback Exhaust System, Forgestar F10 20×9 F 20×20.5 R Toyo Proxes T1R 245/30/20 F 285/25/20 R, and Dinan Stage II … CONTINUED
BMW provides a video overview of its long roadster history – spanning the period from BMW’s first roadster in the 1930′s to the current E89 Z4.
Japanese tuner house 3DDesign has officially released its E89 Z4 M-sport product line. The aero kit package includes CF Addon Front Spoiler, CF Side Skirts, and CF Quad Rear Diffuser.
On the heels of the big BMW turbo 4-cylinder news yesterday, SCOTT26 has provided some dates for the switchover of certain BMW models from the current inline 6-cylinder to the new twinpower turbo I4 motor, as well as the end of production of the current 3-series, M3 and 1-series.
Here is the I4 switchover and end of production schedule (inside).
BMW ALMS star driver Tommy Milner piloted the Need For Speed Schubert Motorsport Z4 GT3 to a dominant 4-lap victory at the 24-hour Dubai race. Milner, who piloted the No. 76 BMW Z4 GT3 with BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus and team regulars Claudia Hurtgen and Edward Sandstrom, drove to a four-lap win in what was a trouble-free race for the quartet.
“The 24-hour race in Dubai is the first tough test of the year for all the teams, and we mastered this … CONTINUED
Mercedes pulling the wraps off their new SLK (R172) is reason enough for another photo comparison. This one is particularly interesting as BMW’s move to build the current Z4 (E89) with a folding steel roof makes it all the more of a natural rival to the SLK. Mercedes pretty much started the segment of hardtop roadsters by launching the first generation SLK in 1996.
The new SLK appears to incorporate design cues from the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG such as the muscular front fascia. Mercedes also advanced their … CONTINUED