2010 BMW Z4 Expected
MUNICH, GERMANY – For 2010, the BMW Z4 will feature a longer nose, a longer decklid with spacefor a retractable hardtop, and sheetmetal sculpting along the lines of the3-series and 1-series on which it’s based, according to www.caranddriver.com.Under the hood, experts expect to see a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinders, whichis in the current 1- and 3-series, in roughly the same respective 225- and300-hp potencies, with a choice of six-speed automatic and manualtransmissions. Other markets will get different choices, including at least onefour-cylinder and possibly a diesel to compete with Audi’s new TT diesel.
Thenext-generation Z4 will not continue to be built in the U.S. at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg,South Carolina, but will be consolidated with3-series production in Regensburg, Germany. The U.S. plant will be devoted to SUV production,with the X3 moving from contract assembler Magna Steyr in
Austria in the 2010–11 timeframe tojoin the X5 and the all-new X6.
An Mversion of the Z4 will be part of the story eventually, likely bringing with itBMW’s new seven-speed M DCT Drivelogic double-clutch manual transmission thatis slated to replace the unloved seven-speed SMG automated manual in today’s M5and M6, according to www.caranddriver.com.