BMW says that they are going after the Porsche Boxster with the newly designed BMW Z4, but can they live up to the claim?
BMW, or Bavarian Motor Works, is a multinational automaker headquartered in Munich, Germany. Although BMW is known worldwide for their cars and motorcycles, it also manufactured high-tech jet engines until 1945. Nonetheless, when it comes to combining design, power, and performance with luxury, BMW is the first brand that comes to mind. However, not all models are doing as well as they should. For example, the Porsche Boxter has been eating away at the Z4 sales for decades, so BMW needed to make a change.
BMW and Toyota have been toying with a strategic partnership since 2011, but only recently have the announced which models would they be designing and building. The first cars to share the same platforms are the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4. BMW has kept the looks and specs of the Z4 a secret for a few years, but recently it has allowed some auto-journalists to drive and rate it. Their reviews of the new Z4 have been nothing short of outstanding.
The exterior of the new Z4 is futuristic. The smooth curves and angles scream power and agility. The grill is fierce-looking with massive air intakes, and the long hood is reminiscent of an American muscle car –yet still looking European. Air intakes placed everywhere that they can, creating an aerodynamic feel never seen in other Z4s. If it is not the looks of the Z4 that will
make you buy it, it is the promised handling that will push you over the edge.
Before we get into the handling of the Z4, we must understand the powertrain and drivetrain of the vehicle. Although the Z4 is not going on sale until March of next year (2019), it will be revealed starting this autumn in Pebble Beach, followed by a reveal of its specs at the Paris motor show. However, there are some that have given educated guesses into what engine(s) BMW will equip with the Z4.
According to Autocar,
“BMW’s decision to equip the Z4 with the same rear axle as the M3 and M4 suggests its hardware will be compatible with the 425bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six-engine of those models or the 365bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder powerplant from the M2, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.”
The new BMW Z4 can finally be called a proper sports car. Whatever that you thought about the previous Z4 should be thrown entirely out the window. This newly designed model behaves and handles, unlike any Z4 before it. According to some reviewers, the ride is nice and stiff with an adaptive dampening system. This system depends on multiple sensors and accelerometers to automatically dampen or stiffen the front and rear suspensions –controlling the movement of the car for excellent handling. There are still a few more enhancements to be made before the car is finally revealed, but so the feedback has been excellent.
Since BMW is keeping the Z4 under such tight wrap, we are going to have to wait until this August to see what the interior will look like. But, we can safely say that it will have all of what BMW is known for and more. So, will the BMW Z4 give the Porsche Boxster a run for its money? Leave your comments below.
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