Before launching fully into what and what not the Z4 is, it is worth mentioning that its predecessors the Z1, Z3, and Z8 had plenty of novelty value, but none achieved commendable commercial success to survive beyond one model generation. For the the Z4, however, it has been successful enough to allow its maker to directly replace it at least twice.
In fact, it comes back after a four-year hiatus, and this time it will be better equipped to serve its sports-car mission. The base engine is a 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, which will come with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic.
There will be no manual transmission which will be rather disappointing. The Z4 is sturdy and stout, too, with BMW claiming that it is the stiffest open-top car it has ever built.
It records a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.2 seconds. The Z4 is proudly a two-seater and its cabin is one very intimate affair.
The driver-focused cockpit design ensures that center instruments canted slightly to the left. Two digital displays make the cabin look sleek and high-tech. The 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster can be reconfigured to show a variety of information and the second 10.2-inch infotainment display offers both touch and click-wheel interaction as well as Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto) and navigation.
An onboard Wi-Fi hotspot and a head-up display are both part of the optional Premium package. All Z4 models will come with low-speed automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and forward-collision warning. More advanced tech such as adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlamps, and a self-parking feature are optional.
As the sporty Z4 gears to land in showrooms in spring 2019, we are convinced of its great intentions to scale even higher. Not even time can stop this one!
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