New Z4 is fine... but is that enough?

Don’t worry – it’s been a long time com­ing, but they haven’t messed it up

Top Gear (UK) - - THE TEN -

The jour­ney from con­cept to pro­duc­tion isn’t al­ways an easy one, and our im­me­di­ate hunch is that the BMW Z4’s was par­tic­u­larly fraught. From a clean, sim­ple and so­phis­ti­cated show car, this is the third-gen Z4 you’ll ac­tu­ally be able to buy.

Does it look a bit like an old Merc SLK in its pro­por­tions, or is that just us? Ei­ther way, this First Edi­tion – a Z4 M40i – gets a 335bhp 3.0-litre straight-six turbo, driv­ing the rear wheels via a pad­dleshift gear­box and an M Sport dif­fer­en­tial. The Z4’s not al­ways been es­pe­cially adept at han­dling, but giv­ing this MkIII ver­sion a bet­ter go at tak­ing down the Porsche Boxster is 50:50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion – the driver and pas­sen­ger placed right in the mid­dle – and some elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled dampers. The Z4’s re­turned to its roots with a reg­u­lar soft-top too, which should make it lighter and more ag­ile than the fold­ing hard-top car it re­places.

This First Edi­tion comes in the same Frozen Or­ange paint as that con­cept, with its de­but at the same place – Pebble Beach. The rest of the range and more in-depth tech­ni­cal de­tails will be re­vealed at the Paris Mo­tor Show in Oc­to­ber.

Out goes the fold­ing hard-top, in comes a fab­ric roof – Z4 re­turns to its orig­i­nal re­mit...

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