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The Next BMW Z4 Might Weigh a Lot Less Than its Predecessor

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The Next BMW Z4 Might Weigh a Lot Less Than its Predecessor

 

With its collapsible metal rigid roof, the heavy previous generation of the BMW Z4 was more of a cruiser than a sports car aimed at the Porsche Boxster. It is reported that the next, previously announced in a conceptual form yesterday, will be different from its predecessor. The magazine Automobile Magazine reports that BMW threw a folding hard surface for the Z4 and aimed at a weight of 3000 to 3200 pounds.

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The outgoing Z4 weighs over 3,200 pounds when equipped with a four-cylinder engine, and the choice of two additional pistons adds an additional 300 pounds. If the Automobile report is confirmed, it means that the next generation Z4 will have significant weight savings. BMW, apparently, keeps weight, avoiding heavy technologies, such as steering with a rear wheel and all-wheel drive.

For reference, Porsche says that both the standard 718 Boxster and Boxster S weigh about 3000 pounds - a bit less if you choose a manual, a little more with an automatic one. For comparison, the 340-hp Jaguar F-Type V6 weighs about 3,500 pounds.

The car reports that the Z4 will receive two variants of a turbocharged engine - a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 180 hp. in the model s20i and 248 hp. in s30i and 3,0-liter in-line-6 ​​power of 320 hp in the M40i. As we reported earlier, there will not be a full version of the M-version of the Z4, but BMW is considering a "Contest package" for the M40i, which will deliver 40 hp. A six-step manual with an eight-step automatic option will be available.

All this information is also good news for the long-awaited revival of Supra, which shares the platform with the Z4. The car said that the Toyota boss Akio Toyoda himself went to the new Supra in Germany and left impressed.

We hope that the information provided here will be confirmed. The 3.0-liter six-speed BMW, a six-speed manual gearbox at a weight of about 3200 pounds, is like a recipe for a good time for us.


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