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2009 BMW Z4 Pictures

2009 BMW Z4 Pictures

2009 BMW Z4 Pictures

2009 BMW Z4 Pictures

BMW is currently working on a replacement for the Z4 Roadster. Codenamed E89, the new Z4 will be a conventional soft-top and will come as a competitor for the next generation Porsche Boxster and Mercedes SLK-Class. It will be priced somewhere around $40.000

The next generation Z4 will be about the same size as the current Z4, but will probably wear a less controversial design with a wider track and more dynamic proportions. The highlight of the new model is its high-tech structure—a combination of aluminum space frame and steel unibody construction.

The silhouette is recognizably a Z4, but the disguise is unusually thick, suggesting that the design might be more different than meets the eye under those same-again proportions. Some of the more unusual ’banana’ swage lines could be toned down, but the E89 model will still be aimed squarely at the Porsche Boxster and Mercedes SLK.2009 BMW z4

Next to the conventional soft-top model, engineers might also consider a modern folding hard-top configuration. The current machine shunned the fashion for the latter in favor of a rag-top design, and if the company goes down this route again, stylists will be able to retain the long-nosed proportions of the existing car. However, using a soft-top would be in direct contrast to key rival the Mercedes SLK, which has used a clever folding hard-top since its introduction in 1996.

Beneath the skin it will feature active steering, adjustable dampers and a new twin-clutch transmission (replacing the sequential M gearbox) along the lines of VW’s DSG box. The chassis will be much stiffer, to the benefit of ride and handling.

The 2009 Z4 will have three different choices of engines, and another one more powerful coming after. The first one is a 2.0-litre direct-injection with an output of 185 hp. The second one is a direct-injection 2.5-litre Inline-6 with a power of 231 hp. The third one is a Turbocharged 3.0-litre direct-injection rated at 321 hp. The more powerful one is a high-revving normally aspirated 4.0-litre V8 with an output of 450bhp.

Source: topspeed

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