Spies recently caught the next-generation BMW Z4 around Munich and the biggest upgrade that stands out this year is a folding metal roof. The next-generation BMW Z4 will drop the fabric for a hardtop convertible following in the footsteps of the 3-Series convertible. Not to mention that rival Mercedes SLK is also a hardtop.
Rather than just concentrating on competing with the SLK, the Z4 will expand its horizons and will take on the Porsche Boxster with a range of high-output engines. Sources say a twin-turbocharged 3.0L 6-cylinder unit is a possibility. The Z4 is also expected to get diesel power for the first time. The M model is expected to get the new 4.0L V8 from the M3.
Production for the Z4 is likely to move from the U.S. to BMW’s plant in Germany as the automaker makes room for the BMW X6 in its South Carolina plant.
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