RIP BMW Z4. We Will Miss Everything About you But Your Steering

Bimmertoday has the scoop on Z4 production ending last week with the very last E89 being a sDrive 35is. We’ve historically reviewed the current Z4 positively at BimmerFile but have always stopped short falling in love with it. The problem of course is the vagueness in the front end and the lack of steering feel. It’s a shame given the sDrive35is being basically the closet thing we’ll ever get to a 1M convertible.

Over the course of the 7 year production cycle BMW sold 115,000 globally. It’s follow-up will likely be called the Z5 and will move slightly upmarket.

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  • Nick Dawson

    A total production of 115,000 in seven years – that’s less than 16,500 a year. No wonder G29 – the Z4 replacement – is being co-developed with Toyota. There is not enough profit to go it alone with those sort of numbers. It’s understood that G29 will be a Roadster only this time, with no clumsy folding head, and that the new Supra – Toyota’s version – will be a fixed head Coupe only.

    • SockRolid

      Good luck to BMW and Toyota. Not sure that the high-end roadster market is a nut they can crack though. Benz owns the high-end luxury convertible market. Which leaves room for only a few other boutique roadsters at the high end: Aston-Martin, Maserati, Porsche, etc.

      So, if the rumors are true, BMW/Toyota will probably need to impress the world with advanced technology. Probably some kind of CFRP components as in the i3/i8 and G11 7-Series. And probably some kind of hybrid engine technology. Again, good luck with all of that.

  • SockRolid

    “We’ve historically reviewed the current Z4 positively at BimmerFile but have always stopped short falling in love with it.”

    Same feeling here. It’s why I got an S2000 instead of a Z3/4. I can only buy a new car that I am obsessed by. I was obsessed by my former ’93 Rx-7 and about the current S2000, but not any BMW Z car. I even drove a friend’s M Roadster and yes, it was fast. But still – no “wow.”

    Got a used 540i a long time ago, since I don’t need to feel any obsession to buy a used car. But now there’s a new obsession: the M2. I’ll replace the old 540i with an M2 some time next year, whenever my allocation comes up. (Still going to keep the S2000 though.)