All-new two-seater will be wider, longer and come packed with techno-wizardry.

This is the new version of BMW’s Z4 roadster. It won’t reach showrooms until next May but, as these pictures show, it adopts the make’s latest design themes, taking them into a car that is longer and a touch wider than the current one.

It will also feature a retractable hard-top roof, a first for a BMW roadster. At the push of a button, the roof will raise or lower within 20 seconds. The car will also feature adaptive suspension, giving a choice of three settings, one of which lowers the ride height by 10mm.

BMW fits what it calls Drive Dynamic Control, which allows the driver to alter, depending on model, the throttle response and steering, ride comfort and dynamic stability control response.

There’s a choice of three six-cylinder petrol engines. A 3.0-litre twin-turbo produces 306bhp, while there are also two 2.5-litre units tuned to 204bhp and 254bhp respectively. All cars will have six-speed manual gearboxes as standard, although a six-speed auto is an option, while a seven-speed double clutch transmission can be specified with the 3.0.

The Z4 remains a two-seater but there’s more cabin space than before and, for the first time, a large storage compartment behind the seats. BMW’s iDrive system, which controls stereo, sat-nav and other minor functions, also makes a first appearance on the Z4.

Prices haven’t been announced, but we’d expect little increase over the £24,127-£31,430 asked for the current model.

Stephen Jury


December 15, 2008

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