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BMW Z4

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Z4
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A small sports car produced by BMW from 2002–2016.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's BMW Z4 page on 11 October 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The BMW Z4 is a rear-wheel drive sports car by the German car maker BMW. It follows a line of past BMW roadsters such as the BMW Z1, BMW 507, BMW Z8, and the BMW Z3. The Z4 replaces the Z3. First generation production started in 2002 at a plant in Greer, South Carolina, of BMW US, with both roadster and coupe versions of the car. When launched, it won Automobile Magazine "Design of the Year Award". Starting with the 2009 model year, the second-generation Z4 is built at BMW's Regensburg, Germany plant as a retractable hardtop roadster. In 2009, the BMW Z4 II won the Red Dot Design Award.

First generation (E85; 2003–2009)

The first-generation BMW Z4 was designated the E85 in roadster form and E86 in coupé form. It was designed by Danish BMW-designer Anders Warming.

Second generation (E89; 2009–2016)

The vehicle was originally announced on 13 December 2008. The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Credited as "the first BMW designed by two females," the E89 body was styled by Juliane Blasi, with Nadya Arnaout designing the interior. This time a coupé-convertible with folding hardtop, the Z4 (E89) was built in Regensburg alongside the (E93) 3-Series Cabrio, likely due to the U.S. plant needing more room for SUV production.

The Z4 moved upmarket, dropping the small four-cylinder base engine. In late 2011 BMW reintroduced a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder powerplant with twin-scroll turbo (N20 engine variant).

Z4 production ended in June 2016. The seven-year age of the 2009 E89 update was called "...ancient by modern production car standards."

Speculation abounds regarding a Toyota-BMW joint venture to create a replacement for the Z4 and a new standard bearer for the long absent Toyota Supra. Rumors include a "Z5" moniker for the BMW sibling, a hybrid drivetrain, and a cloth convertible top.


Photographs

BMW Z4 Coupe Subject:  BMW Z4 Coupe
Source:  Image*After
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BMW Z4 Coupe Subject:  2014 BMW Z4 Coupe sDrive35i
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2014
Additional Info:  Window Sticker
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BMW Z4 Coupe Subject:  2014 BMW Z4 Coupe sDrive35i
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2014
Additional Info:  Window Sticker
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BMW Z4 Coupe Subject:  2014 BMW Z4 Coupe sDrive35i
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2014
Additional Info:  Window Sticker
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BMW Z4 Coupe Subject:  2014 BMW Z4 Coupe sDrive35i
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2014
Additional Info:  Window Sticker
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BMW Z4 Coupe Subject:  2014 BMW Z4 Coupe sDrive35i
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2014
Additional Info:  Window Sticker
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BMW Z4 Coupe Subject:  2014 BMW Z4 Coupe sDrive35i
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2014
Additional Info:  Window Sticker
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BMW Z4 Coupe Subject:  2014 BMW Z4 Coupe sDrive35i
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2014
Additional Info:  Window Sticker
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BMW Z4 Convertible Subject:  BMW Z4 Convertible
Photographer:  Alexandre Brondino
Location:  Versailles, France
Date:  2020
License:  Unsplash
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
26 September 2002GSI Makes Repeatability Measurements a Snap.Geodetic Services, Inc.
9 May 2004Another Great Marketing Idea StolenFreedom Laser Therapy
20 August 2012BMW Zagato Roadster - official pictures Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
18 December 20122013 BMW Z4 revealed - spot the difference Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 2006Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2003 BMW Z4, 2-door convertible
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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