Exclusive: E89 Z4 information

The newest Z4 has been getting  someplay around the car world recently due to the numerous spy photos that have appeared. It has dropped its cladding and is now sporting some vinyl swirls.

Our sources have given us some clues to what the lines of the car will end up being and if you look closely the lines are there though muted. It will have the reverse of the CS broken shoulder line. The front line will go down towards the rear wheel arch and stop and above the rear wheel arch the rear character line will come down towards it but not intersect.

The car is going to be much more aggressively styled than the soon to be released 7 and takes many cues from the CS.Construction of the new Z4 will utilize lighter materials such as the full aluminium front end like the E60 and additional aluminium body panels. Even the folding hardtop will be a lighter steel than used in the E93 3er Cabrio.

Further information we have obtained indicates that I the E89 Z4 was at Geneva (VIP for the Swiss, “What you get in 2008 “) alongside the F01 in a back room. So it is essentially ready to roll and under going final testing. Indication are that BMW will be launching this car before the end of the year and in time for the holiday shopping season.

This new information also reveals that the Z will be optionally equipped with a dumbed down version of the DCT next; before it will be released to the 3er. The E89 will also debut a new and exclusive suspension system called: BMW Agile Drive. It is essentially a specialized adjustable dampening system, to combat the VAG magnetic ride. The E89 will also feature a new specialized rear differential; to be marketed as the Z-Differential. All of these technologies and an enhanced chassis and structure will make this version a driving machine once again, more in line with what BMW originally intended for this model line!

Others have discussed the possibility of a soft top fabric roof; sources indicate that there will be an available soft top for countries outside the US in combination with lower displacement diesel engines and the full range of Efficient Dynamics options (start/stop, regenerative breaking, etc.) to promote a lighter more efficient version of the sporty roadster. Our sources indicated this model currently is not destined for our shores (though the possibility of the soft top does remain as an option down the road).

For this reason the forthcoming Z2 is specifically going to be initially marketed at the US as it will feature a soft top. Think Z4 as the 3 series roadster and the Z2 the 1 series roadster. The Z2 will feature a smaller stature and a reduced weight. Our sources do indicate this will be the return to a BMW 4 cylinder in the US. The engine to be used in this application is rumored to actually be similar to the JCW 4 cylinder turbo from the MINI line which was co-developed with PSA not a 10k revving engine, but things may change and sources are not always able to see new developments years in advance.

BMW is shooting for the Boxster and Cayman with this rendition of the Z, let ‘s hope that they can pull it off. The E89 will be manufactured in Germany unlike the current US produced version.

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  • Barry

    I hope they can really compete with the Boxter/Cayman too. Even the Z4M got its butt handed to it by the competition. 🙁

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  • Jon

    Will be watching this development closely, and will be taking one for a drive when available. I do have a lot of trust in BMW to craft something interesting.

    All that being said think a Z2 tii hardtop or Z2M hardtop would be very interesting. Must admit though that I am not the biggest fan of folding roofs, they tend to add a lot of additional weight in the wrong place in a car.

  • Im part of the few I think who really likes the current Z. I think its a really sexy car and the coupe version is to drool over

  • Barry

    Do we know if they are building a coupe version. Or are they not doing it b/c of the folding hardtop.

  • Jon

    Illegalm your not alone on liking the current Z4, the Z4m is lust-worthy.

    I am very interested to see though if BMW focuses it a bit more with the E89. I can say I already really like what they have done with the belt-line of the E89, I do like the lines of the CS demo model belt lines. Think the big four I am waiting to hear is more about the Agile Drive, the Z-differential, if a Coupe will be offered, and finally looking forward to hearing more about the engines that will be available.

  • If a coupe is offered it will be delayed in release like the current model was. Our sources have not stated a coupe is in the works, but that is still a while out anyways.

  • Barry

    Ahh thanks Michael. That really works out for me. I plan on buying a Honda Prius fighter at the end of this year. Not too far later I will most definitely be looking at a performance BMW. It is going to come down to the Z4M with the E92 M3 motor or the M135i!!! Its going to be a looong wait until christmas to see what this looks like. 🙁

  • Chris B.

    I think we need the new 1er hatch to be the BMW that will relaunch the BMW 4 cylinder in the U.S. Not just some sporty little roadster that’s going to have limited market share.

  • Jon

    Thanks Michael, have been reading a multitude of things written about the E89. Would have to say the Coupe is hands down where my interest lays. Another thing that would be interesting to know is how the weight is going to come out, hopefully it hasn’t got to plump on weight.

    Another thing I have hopes out for is with the increase of fuel prices we will see BMW bring either the CSL or tii across the band. Think in many ways in these days of tightening fuel costs that developing low weight cars could be a better way to offer performance rather than just putting more HP into a car.

  • TMQ

    Hope they get the styling done right. The current Z4 is not a great looking vehicle.

  • TallyHo!

    Is the Z2 actually going to be produced? I will be in the market for a roadster next year, but I could easily wait one more year. I hope that it would different from the 1 series convertible in exterior styling.

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