BMW Z4 Production Ended To Make Way For Its Successor BMW Z5

Sep 02, 2016 05:20 AM EDT | Mariechris Felipe

The last BMW Z4 had left the factory of the German car manufacturer this week. The decision to fully end the production of Z4 is beneficial as BMW plans to focus on its successor, BMW Z5, A sports car jointly developed with Toyota. 

An estimated 115,000 BMW Z4 has been sold to date before the last one left the factory in Regensburg last August 22. The last BMW Z4 was a special version. A sDrive35is , with six - cylinder engine sporting 340hp in Valencia Orange Metallic color.

The BMW Z4 E89 generation was the first BMW model have been completely designed by two women : Juliane Blasi (exterior) and Nadya Arnaout (interior). 

They began working on the second generation in 2006 and have it ready to be shown to the public for the first time in Detroit Auto Show a few months later, the latest generation of the BMW Z4 arrived in dealerships with a retractable hardtop that advocated the versatility of the two - seater that can be transformed from a coupe to a convertible. It won the Design Award of the Year.

That would be an important evolution to that of BMW Z4, as compared to the first generation of Z4 in which two body styles, a coupe type with closed roof, and a convertible type, with a canvas roof, are the only offers. That was s good step forward to be competitive against rivals Mercedes SLK and Porsche Boxster 718. But it seems that this is not enough for BMW. 

Everything indicates that the next step will be the arrival of a BMW Z5 , a new sports car which we still know very little except for the fact that it will be a collaboration between Toyota and BMW. Many rumors suggest that this BMW Z5 will get some ideas from Toyota Supra and have a high percentage of aluminum, which is a light material, and a hybrid mechanical. We'll probably know in a matter of months. 

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