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 125 kW with a 2.2 litre displacement, 141 kW with 2.5 litres and 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 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 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 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 195 kW.
Production period: 2002–2008
Engines: 2.0–3.2 litres (110–252 kW), 4- & 6-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,091–4,113 mm/1,781 mm/1,268–1,302 mm