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BMW Z4 set to stay convertible, coupe unlikely

The BMW Z4 is to remain a roadster for this generation.

BMW has watered down prospects of a Z4 coupe for the new generation, which has just launched in soft-top convertible form.

When asked about a future Z4 coupe, BMW designer Calvin Luk told CarsGuide that he was “not sure” if the company would make one for this generation.

“I personally have always been a roadster person. I’m not sure why but perhaps it’s what I saw a lot in terms of the Z heritage all the way back to the 1930s race car [the 328]. I love the roadster because I can feel everything. It feels like you’re flying almost. It’s really exciting to me, as opposed to being insulated.”

The previous Z4 coupe was produced from 2006 until 2008. The previous Z4 coupe was produced from 2006 until 2008.

Contrary to what you might expect, the platform-sharing new Toyota Supra could actually be what rules out a coupe Z4, despite the Japanese cousin being a coupe itself. CarsGuide understands that a key element of differentiating between the two products was to split the bodystyles between the two. 

“The wheelbase, the dimensions, the size were set by BMW. BMW engineered the platform and we also designed the Z4 in tune with the classic roadster theme that goes with the Z car heritage.” 

“While I can’t comment on how Toyota designed their version of the car, we designed it to be a roadster with the classic roadster dimensions from the start.”

The M Coupe was sold in Australia in limited numbers. The M Coupe was sold in Australia in limited numbers.

The Z4 went on sale in Australia this month with three available variants priced between $84,900 and $124,900 plus on-road costs.

BMW previously made a Z4 coupe from 2006 until 2008, and the later generation of Z4 was only available with a folding hardtop convertible roof. Before the Z4, BMW also built a Z3 coupe that Australia saw in limited form as the M Coupe. 

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