Does BMW Need a New Z4 M Coupe?


As readers by now know, we love the now extinct Z4 ///M Coupe. We have even gone as far as saying it is the ultimate modern ///M. If it was not for practicality more of us enthusiasts would have them parked outside of our homes, but sales suffered and BMW has shied away from discussing making an ///M of the newest drop top Z4.

From the outside it looks like BMW has no interest in building another Z4 ///M, stating poor sales numbers are probable as past efforts have shown. There is one glaring issue that may force BMW to build this car they rather not discuss- they will have no high performance model in that pricepoint once the E9X M3 is set out to pasture in 2012, and a two year gap until the next M3.

Z4 M Coupe

With BMW Motorsport building and racing hard top Z4s throughout Europe, BMW seems to be showing their hand- using these race cars as preemptive marketing. Will there be enough of an interest to offer a Z4M? Will the new 1M be enough of a test case for the enthusiast market to see if we will put our money where are mouth is to allow BMW to build such a car? That is still up for debate, but we believe BMW is working on something to fill the gap in the lineup for 2012. Will it be the return of the Z4M? All we know for sure is that it will definitelypiqué our interest.

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  • goat

    That’s my fave bmw sports car as well… I even liked the gen1 “clown shoe” when it came out and still do. The interior too is fantastic with all those chrome-trimmed guages in the centre console. i always saw it as what mazda should be doing with the miata – a proper fixed-roof coupe version of their lightweight sturdy RWD roadster.

  • r.burns

    …although even the Z3 was a lot heavier than the stock Miata

  • 03Beastcharmer

    If they put the S65 engine in it, I might trade in my E86 M Coupe. If it’s the 1M engine I’ll keep my ///M Coupe 😀

  • JonPD

    I would love to see BMW forced into a E89 M, to me this is still the quintessential ///M product for me. A sports coupe. Seems to me that there has been some news that there is a very limited run on the S65 so I would have to imagine that adding a Z4 run with the motor would be great.

    The S65 with carbon fiber fixed roof. Actually I might be alone in this but I would adore a widebody version. I believe the E89 race car is hands down one of the sexist beasts to ever go around a track and would love to see them develop a road going version of it!

  • Michael Kull

    I owned a Z4m and sold it i miss it so much, more than any of my ex girlfriends. I think it was the most exciting& dynamic looking car ever built, it had masculine lines and a real presence that distinguished BMW contemporary progressive design.

    I would happily be your first customer in Melbourne Australia.

  • mellowmcs

    It would be nice but I don’t see it happening. Well at least not within the price range I want it to be in. If they can pull it off for 45K, I would be game. However, seeing that the current Z4 3.5i starts wayyyy north of that, I don’t think they can pull it off at that price.

    I still have my E36/8 M Coupe and it is irreplaceable to me. It is one car I plan on holding on to til I die.

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