Next generation BMW Z4 to be sportier more agile
When you think of the best driver’s cars in the world, the BMW Z4 certainly isn’t the first car that comes to mind. In fact it may not even be on the list. But BMW is planning on changing all that according to a report by Inside Line. They say that “well-placed company insiders” have told them that the next generation BMW Z4 will be more dynamic than previous BMW roadsters. The successor to the current Z4 is due out around 2015.
The challenge for BMW will be to make enough changes to the Z4 to improve it, without alienating buyers who’ve come to appreciate the long hood and compliant suspension. The automaker is attempting to make the next BMW Z4 more agile and sportier to drive like the Porsche Boxter and the Nissan 370Z. But both of those cars have shorter hoods that allow for better weight distribution, while the longer hood of the BMW Z4 will have to be shortened.
To make that possible, BMW will use their N20 engine that is currently offered in the sDrive 28i that offers smaller displacement, but better efficiency and still yields more power and reduced weight according to the report by Inside Line. The smaller engine will allow engineers to shorten the car which will improve the handling characteristics and also improve visibility. While the current BMW Z4 provides plenty of open-air fun on an open road, it still lacks the true sports car performance through tight curves on a two-lane road.