The successor to the BMW Z3, created under the auspices of chief designer Chris Bangle, continues the concept of short overhangs, relatively long wheelbase, long hood, short tail. The result is a sporty vehicle, an expressive-dynamic roadster with one objective: creating driving pleasure with direct contact to the road and a connection to the driving environment, with no sacrifice of comfort and state-of-the-art features. That’s why there’s a choice of high-quality materials for the interior. The soft top has a heated glass rear window, making it durable and suitable for everyday use.
Initially, the BMW Z4 is only available with an inline 6-cylinder engine. It produces 170 hp (125 kW) with a 2.2 litre displacement, 192 hp (141 kW) with 2.5 litres and 231 hp (170 kW) with a displacement of 3.0 litres. A chassis featuring MacPherson strut suspension at the front combined with a multi-link rear axle deliver a driving performance that catapults the roadster to the top of its class in terms of dynamics and agility. From 2005, a new entry-level model is available with a 4-cylinder engine which provides 150 hp (110 kW) with a 2 litre displacement.
In the 2006 model update, the car is given reworked bumpers which, together with the new LED taillights, create an even more dynamic look. The much more dramatic innovation, however, is in the sports car’s power: The new 6-cylinder engine, the N52, delivers more efficiency and performance. Even the smallest engine, for example, generates 177 hp (130 kW) with a 2.5 litre displacement. What’s more, the M variant is now available. The engine comes from the BMW M3 (E46), which generates an output of 343 hp (252 kW) with a displacement of 3.2 litres. This powerhouse also drives the newly introduced coupé. In contrast to the BMW Z3, the vehicle is a hatchback and is also available with a 3.0 litre engine and 265 hp (195 kW).
Engines: 2.0–3.2 litres (110–252 kW, 150–343 hp), 4- & 6-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,091–4,113 mm/1,781 mm/1,268–1,302 mm