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BMW Z4 Roadster Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 6
First production year: 2002
Engines: Gasoline
Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
 

2018 - Present

BMW has a long history of making roadsters all the way back to its roots. This is why it continued to make roadsters for driving pleasure. In 2018, the new generation of the Z4 was launched. Unlike the previous generation, which was available with a retractable hard-top, the new generation is available only as a roadster. Those who want a coupe will have to buy the 2018 Toyota Supra, which is almost identical but it has a fixed top. Unlike the Supra, the Z4 is available in three engine versions. The Z4 is available with a two liters engine either naturally aspirated or turbocharged, and t...

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gasoline engines:

  BMW Z4 (G29) M40i 3.0L 8AT (340 HP)

  BMW Z4 (G29) sDrive20i 8AT (197 HP)

  BMW Z4 (G29) sDrive30i 8AT (258 HP)

 

2013 - 2016

The second generation of the Z4 was introduced in 2009 and it was followed by a mid-life cycle impulse (LCI) in 2013. Along with some aesthetic changes, a new engine was introduced, while the other existing ones were upgraded to Euro 6 pollution norms. The Z-series of the German car-maker was launched in the mid-'80s with the Z1 roadster. It was followed by the Z3 and the mighty Z8. In 2002, the first generation of the Z4 was launched. The second generation for the Z4 was introduced in 2009, followed by the LCI in 2013. The Z4 E89 was offered with the retractable hard-top and elimina...

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2009 - 2013

With the first generation launched in 1994, BMW renewed the interest in the 2-seat performance convertibles. Offering luxury, balance and performance on the premium roadster market, the Z4 was the key to an engaging driving. For the 3rd generation, BMW combined both a coupe and a convertible into a single model, the Z4. Several improvements were made to enhance the ride comfort, offering an adaptive M suspension and electronically controlled dampers. In a range of three 6-cylinder powerplants, the flagship model was BMW Z4 sDrive35i that was equipped with a 3.-liter twi-turbocha...

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2006 - 2009

With an exterior look created by a Danish designer, the Z4 was fun to drive and affordable compared to other competitors in its class. Reaching its 4th generation, the Z4 came with a fresher design that appealed to many of the brand’s fans. The Z4 kept some of the references of an historical car, such as the large hood and the sloping roof. Not only the exterior was attractive, as the new engines boasted even more power, reaching 215 hp with the 3.0-liter power plant. The fuel consumption was also reduced compared to the previous generation of the engines. Available as a 2-seat r...

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2006 - 2009

BMW built part of its reputation on roadsters such as the 328, 507 or Z1. That is one reason why the 2006 Z4 M Roadster was very important in the constructor's lineup. The German car-maker decided to launch the whole pack of the Z4 when it was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in 2006. The new car was available as a coupe or a roadster. It was the last generation of the Z4 that featured the distinct, two bodyworks. The Z4 M Roadster shared some parts with other Z4 Roadsters, but not all of them. On the outside, there was a different front bumper with larger air intakes to cool t...

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2002 - 2006

The BMW Z4 arrived in 2002 to replace the BMW Z3 introduced in 1995. At first, the Z4 was only available as a roadster, however, in 2006, the German producer launched the coupe version. The Z4’s body dimensions were larger and its wheelbase was longer and wider. The suspension was also upgraded to be stiffer and the car was equipped with a sport package which firmed up the steering. Some of the Z4’s elements were borrowed from the BMW’s 3 series such as the multilink suspension which was more advanced than the one used for the BMW Z3. The steering no longer used the hydraulic pump and wa...

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