Official "New Z4" design process pics

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Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by sp3ctre » Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:29 pm

Courtesy of BMW Press Office

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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by WLH » Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:37 pm

Nice... :thumbsup:
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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by Sceptre » Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:49 pm

Nice to see Mr Bangle there.

I thought he had left it to others to bastardize his beautiful original design.

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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by Breaker » Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:23 pm

Sceptre wrote:Nice to see Mr Bangle there.

I thought he had left it to others to bastardize his beautiful original design.
There were a lot of people who thought that of Bangle doing that to BMW when the first Z4 was out! :wink:
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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by Mr Whippy » Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:28 pm

It says Bangle is Head of design BMW Group on his image.

I guess his brief has been to tone it down. That will increase the wideness of the appeal of the car, but I also think it will reduce the strength of that appeal in any one individual. Ie, it's moved from Marmite to more like lemon cheesecake... if that makes sense :?

Good business for BMW, and good for the old car residuals I would say. It makes me want the old one even more as the new one fails to challenge it on visual drama for me however...
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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by Breaker » Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:32 pm

Wait to make comments until you see it and drive it! I've made rash statements like that before after only seeing pictures! :wink:

I've now decided to wait until I see one in the metal before I comment further. :)
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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by Sceptre » Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:47 pm

I like the Noble philosophy - If it looks right, it is right.

I do not think it looks right.

The new Z4, in my opinion, is a gluing of many motifs from the 6 series, 3 series, viper, and of course old Z4.

I think Bangle has certainly toned down the Marmite strength of this car in the hope of selling many units.

In short - I believe that if this was the first iteration of the Z4 then there would not be so many followers.

Did I notice that they have also not used the highest powered 3.0i available for this car? 258hp for the Z4 and yet 272hp for the 3 series! I hate it when a manufacturer cripples one model to let the next one have more of an advantage. Is this what we want?

I'm not saying this to 'protect' my thoughts on my current 1st gen Z4 - it's just what I feel.

Of course it will look great in the flesh, but I bought a Z4 for fun and it's looks when I look at it - Not for what my neighbors think. The New Z4 will be sleeker and futuristic whilst trying to be a Lexus SC420 more than an out right roadster.

Softer suspension for the comfy rides! It's a roadster - let it be that way. Reminds me of the guy who orders a double espresso - caffeine free!

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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by Mr Whippy » Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:21 pm

Breaker wrote:Wait to make comments until you see it and drive it! I've made rash statements like that before after only seeing pictures! :wink:

I've now decided to wait until I see one in the metal before I comment further. :)
Ah, of course... I can't comment on the :driving:

Just as a piece of automotive design, the current one is more stunning in appearance, I think the current Z4 will age very very well because you can't really see many other BMW design cues in it... it stands apart very nicely.
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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by Memo » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:21 pm

15 cm longer and 150kg heavier (for 3.0i)...
Elegant line, luxurious touches specially for the interior. very dangerous positioning I think the new Z would be in direct competition with the SL.
Does anyone know the price? Or expected price?

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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by Sceptre » Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:00 pm

Model Z4 sDrive23i Z4 sDrive30i Z4 sDrive35i
OTR Price £28,645 £32,660 £37,060
P11d Price £28,380 £32,395 £36,795
Power (hp) 204 258 306
0-62 mph (seconds) 6.6 [7.3] 5.8 [6.1] 5.2 [5.1]
Top speed (mph) 151 [149] 155* 155*
Combined fuel consumption (mpg) 33.2 [34.4] 33.2 [34.0] 30.1 [31.4]
CO2 emissions (g/km) 199 [192] 199 [195] 219 [210]
VED Band F F F
BIK % 27% 27% 31%

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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by paddy wright » Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:44 pm

better in design than in skin so far!
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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by rollingstone » Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:43 am

paddy wright wrote:better in design than in skin so far!
...speaking of skin, that young lady in the first two pics is rather a cutie. :)
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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by flyboyaj » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:14 am

X2!!!!!!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by BombayDuk » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:17 am

Converting the pound to dollar, what is the ballpark in the 3.0?

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Re: Official "New Z4" design process pics

Post by Rick Hunter » Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:40 am

rollingstone wrote:
paddy wright wrote:better in design than in skin so far!
...speaking of skin, that young lady in the first two pics is rather a cutie. :)
You were just hoping for some buttcrack, weren't you? :rofl: :poke: :fuelfire:
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