The Regensburg assembly facility in Germany has churned out the gates more than 115,000 examples of the current generation Z4 roadster, but the time has come to put an end to manufacturing.
This second generation roadster (E89) is going into retirement after first being introduced to the world back in 2009 – the final unit pieced together was an sDrive35is that was clad in a spectacular Valencia Orange Metallic paint. This was BMW’s ultimate car outfitted with the inline-six turbo N54 3.0-liter engine which was also under the hood of the very spectacular and desirable 1 Series M Coupe limited series. The demand for open tops has plunged in recent years, so we’re pretty much ungrateful the Z4 production has come to an end, but at least BMW is hard at work developing the successor in collaboration with Toyota.
We’re just going to name the new model the Z5, with the codename G29, which is coming back to the more classic fabric roof top that will bring a loss of weight and a more spacious trunk. We’re hoping the official introduction will come no later than the second part of next year, with production to be hosted by starting 2018 in Magna Steyr’s plant in Graz, Austria – alongside the Toyota version.