2014 BMW Z4 Roadster

The special project 2014 BMW Z4 roadster in special metallic orange finish represents a blend of high-end technology and beautiful proportions.

2014 BMW Z4 Roadster

Inside, the topless BMW features an orange trim-specific seats, stitching and accents.

The car is available in two versions: the first one, sDrive35i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter N54 engine boasting 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant of the BMW Z4 Roadster is mated to a 7-speed DCT gearbox. The second variation, Drive28i comes with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder boasting 240 hp and 260 lb-ft.

2014 BMW Z4 Roadster

The first BMW in Z4 lineup was presented 20 ears ago.

2014 BMW Z4 Roadster

Official press release

New BMW Z4 Roadster.

A roadster with character and sporting flair updated for the MY 2014

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 17, 6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST… The BMW Z4 Roadster represents the interplay of classical proportions and state-of-the-art technology. An updated version of the modern classic is set to arrive in BMW showrooms in time for spring 2013.

The new BMW Z4 represents a time-honored and yet contemporary interpretation of the traditional roadster concept. New exterior features, detailed interior refinements, the new Hyper Orange design package, as well as availability of the full range of BMW ConnectedDrive features all provide fresh impetus and lend the BMW Roadster even greater appeal and individuality.

The new BMW Z4 takes to the stage 25 years after the legendary BMW Z1 began the modern era of BMW Roadsters. That Roadster turned heads when it was unveiled at the 1987 Frankfurt Auto Show not only for its revolutionary door concept, but also thanks to its agile and responsive handling. With the BMW Z1 began the latest chapter in the history of BMW Roadsters – a tradition which stretches back to the 1930s and reached the first of many high points with the BMW 328 (winner of the 1940 Mille Miglia) and BMW 507 from 1955. The BMW Z3 and BMW Z8 triggered a fresh wave of excitement for the classic open-top two-seater concept in the 1990s. And they also paved the way for the first-generation BMW Z4 and its successor, the brand’s first Roadster fitted with a retractable hardtop.

Design: classical proportions infused with modern character.

The success of modern-day BMW Roadsters is rooted in the rigorous dedication of a concept, a process which has left its mark on both the design and the driving properties of each car and is clearly recognizable in the new BMW Z4. The sweeping hood, long wheelbase, low beltline and low-slung rear end play a more vivid and uncompromising part in shaping its appearance than is evident with any of its segment rivals. The low seating position just ahead of the rear axle gives the driver and passenger a particularly intense experience of the longitudinal and lateral forces working on the rear wheels. This sense of being “part of the car” also allows the driver to feel more in touch with the road.

The hardtop roof also blends seamlessly into the car’s form. As it closes, it seals a smoothly flowing roofline, while large window surfaces optimize all-round visibility and the feeling of space inside the car. Once opened, the two roof elements are accommodated, one on top of the other, in a compact package inside the Roadster’s trunk. The A-pillars – painted an understated black – also underline the low-slung silhouette of the new BMW Z4, especially when the roof is open. The optional BMW Individual hardtop – available in the two contrast colors, Jet Black and Titanium Silver metallic – provides a feast for the eyes when the roof is closed. The hardtop can be opened at the touch of a button while the car is moving at up to 25 mph (40 km/h) in an automated process lasting 19 seconds.

The distinctive four round headlights team up with the broad BMW kidney grille to form a roadster-specific interpretation of the brand’s signature face. The standard Xenon headlights of the new BMW Z4 have a slim design and extend well into the front wheel arches. They feature LED light rings which emit daytime driving light in the brand’s hallmark style. Added to which, the light sources now have a strikingly three-dimensional design which accentuates the intricate technology of the headlights. Cutting across the tops of the headlights are LED accent lights, whose metal insert bears BMW lettering. The integrated turn signal indicators have chrome-coloured surrounds, which lend further emphasis to the sophisticated character of the light units. Plus, a newly designed, tapered surround for the side indicators adds a dynamic sweep to the gills on the front side sections of the car.

Striking touches: new paint finishes, Hyper Orange Design package, a new alloy wheel and the M Sport package.

A total of 11 external paint finishes are available for the new BMW Z4, including the new Mineral Grey metallic, Glacier Silver metallic and Valencia Orange metallic, which can only be ordered together with the Hyper Orange package. This new aesthetic/design package lends the Roadster a lively aura; the interior, for example, boasts an energy-charged contrast of black and orange. The bespoke Alcantara door panel trim, like the lower section of the instrument panel, comes in orange. The black leather seats have contrast stitching in Valencia Orange and an accent stripe running down the central section of the backrests and seat cushions. This stripe is likewise orange and is flanked by two thin white lines. The door panel trim and lower section of the instrument panel can also be specified in black as an option. Another exclusive element of the Hyper Orange package is the metal weave trim strip, which can be combined with further decorative elements in high-gloss black for the door openers and the gearshift or selector lever. This new Design package replaces the previously available Citrus Yellow Package and is also available in combination with other exterior paint colors as an option.

New interior additions to standard specification include high-gloss black surrounds for the central air vents and the iDrive control system’s folding Control Display, which comes as part of the optional navigation system. Elsewhere, exquisite Fineline Anthracite wood has been added to the selection of interior trim strips available as an option for the new BMW Z4. The BMW Z4 sDrive28i, BMW Z4 sDrive35i and BMW Z4 sDrive35is are offered with Kansas leather trim. The range of light-alloy wheels includes a newly designed V-Spoke 18-inch wheels combined with staggered front and rear tire sizes.

The engaging character of the Roadster as a driver’s tool is given particular emphasis by the optional M Sport package, which includes Adaptive M suspension, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M aerodynamics package with large air intakes in the front wing and a rear bumper inlay painted Anthracite metallic. Bringing an extra dose of sporting flair into the interior, meanwhile, are features such as sports seats, an M leather steering wheel, M driver’s footrest, M door sill finishers and an anthracite-colored roof liner. The Aluminum Carbon trim strip, M leather gear lever knob and grey dials for the instrument cluster lend the finishing touches to the interior ambience. The new BMW Z4 sDrive35is comes with a model-specific version of the M Sport package.

Engines: BMW TwinPower Turbo technology in three output levels
The BMW Z4 will continue to be available in the US with one four-cylinder and two inline-six powerplants. Their most significant shared feature is BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which ensures an exceptionally effective balance between driving pleasure and fuel consumption throughout the range.

The BMW sDrive28i features BMW’s award-winning TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four cylinder engine, which produces 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It powers the BMW Roadster from 0 – 60 mph in 5.5 seconds with the 6-speed manual (5.6 with the 8-speed automatic) and returns EPA mileage estimates of 22 mpg city/ 34 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the manual and 24/33/26 for the 8-speed automatic). The BMW Z4 sDrive35i features BMW’s N54 TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline-6, producing 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. It goes 0 – 60 mph in five seconds flat with the7-speed DCT (5.1 with the 6-speed manual) with EPA mileage estimates of 19 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined with the manual and 17/24/19 for the 7-speed DCT. The top-range Z4 sDrive35is features a higher-output version of BMW’s venerable N54 producing 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and the 7-speed DCT. The top model goes from 0 – 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds without a penalty to the EPA mileage estimates.

Extensive comfort-enhancing equipment.

The new BMW Z4 delivers the driving pleasure customers have come to expect from the brand, fulfilling the desire for both sporting ability and comfort. Drivers can use the standard Driving Experience Control switch to select a configuration to suit the situation at hand and satisfy personal preferences. COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes can all be called up using the rocker switch on the center console. As well as adjusting the responses of the engine and DSC stability system, the different modes also alter the shift characteristics of the automatic gearbox, the responses of the Servotronic function and the mapping of the electronically controlled dampers, if these items are specified. These modes allow the driver to choose from a selection of distinctive and clearly differentiated set-ups for the car.

Other items of equipment fitted as standard are Xenon headlights, automatic climate control, a heated glass rear window, the Soft Close Automatic function for the boot lid and runflat tires with a tire pressure monitor. The standard Z4 sound system includes CD player, AUX-IN socket and 11 loudspeakers. Customers can also choose the optional Premium Sound System with higher output and 14 loudspeakers. The optional navigation system enables high-resolution map graphics – complete with 3D view – on the 8.8-inch iDrive monitor. The navigation data for the system is stored on an in-car hard disk, which also provides 12 GB of capacity for personal music collections.

The range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive has also expanded once again. The new BMW Z4 can be equipped with features such as High Beam Assistant and Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear of the car. If the navigation system is specified, the ConnectedDrive Services options allow use of internet-based information and entertainment services inside the car. This system must be fitted to enable access to the BMW Online portal and apps using the Control Display and iDrive Controller. The Real Time Traffic Information function is also on hand, supplying the driver with congestion warnings and diversion recommendations in real time. Apple iPhone owners can use BMW apps, for example, to receive web radio stations, display Facebook and Twitter posts on the monitor and ask for them to be read out. BMW Apps also enhanced safe, convenient access to music streaming services like Pandora, MOG and Aupeo as well as Stitcher. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the new BMW Z4 also includes BMW TeleServices, BMW Remote Services, Concierge Services and enhanced Automatic Collision Notification with automatic vehicle location and accident severity detection.

The market launch of the new BMW Z4 is scheduled for spring 2013.

BMW Z4: Roadster heads into the future with enhanced appeal and individuality.

New exterior features, detailed interior refinements, a new equipment package and a new entry-level engine variant allow the BMW Z4 to make an even more attractive and innovative case for itself in Detroit. Three new body colours are available exclusively with the Design Pure Traction option, which is also new. Meanwhile, black and orange tones create a particularly absorbing contrast of colours in the interior.

Additional scope for individualisation is provided by new 17-inch and 18-inch light-alloy wheels and the optional M Sport package. And there is also the arrival of a new model variant to report; the BMW Z4 sDrive18i is powered by a 2.0-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology developing 115 kW/156 hp. This new entry point to the Z4 range can also be ordered with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The selection of driver assistance systems and BMW ConnectedDrive mobility services available on board the BMW Z4 has also been expanded. If the Professional navigation system is specified, the ConnectedDrive Services option enables use of internet-based information and entertainment services inside the car.

BMW i3 Concept Coupe

The German auto-manufacturer BMW revealed technical and design details of the new BMW i3 Concept Coupe. This vehicle extends the BMW „i” range consisting of all-electric models.

BMW i3 Concept Coupe

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The newest member of the “i” brand shines with its state-of-the-art design. The main highlight of the zero-emission car is the three-door architecture. The car features a carbon-fibre body that leaves an impression of lightness, transparency and aerodynamics.

 

BMW i3 Performance

The i3 is an all-electric version of the BMW eDrive technology. The concept is powered by an electric motor with a maximum output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft). The powertrain is linked to a single-speed transmission. The motor is combined with a lithium-ion battery placed under the floor. The low centre of gravity adds to the sensationally agile nature.

The range with an all-electric drive depends on driving style. Drivers can opt for three driving modes – COMFORT, ECO PRO and ECO PRO+. The ECO PRO+ offers maximum driving range but the speed is limited to 90 km/h (56 mph).

The BMW eDrive system allows the eco-friendly car to cover a distance of around 160 kilometres (100 miles) on a full battery charge.

BMW i3 Concept Coupe

BMW i3 Exterior

The BMW i3 Concept Coupe features elegant dimensions – it is 3,964 millimetres long, 1,768 wide and 1,555 high. The wheelbase is 2,570 millimetres long.

The panels surrounding the wheel arches, doors and rear sidewalls are finished in Solar Orange metallic shade. It forms a contrast with the high-gloss black finish on the bonnet, roof and boot lid, lower edge, as well as some detail on the front and rear apron. The impressive appearance is completed by contrasting touches of Frozen Grey matte for the kidney grille.

The i3 is fitted with 20-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design and tyres measuring 155/60 R20 at the front and 175/55 R20 at the rear.

BMW i3 Concept Coupe

BMW i3 Interior

The occupants are able to enjoy the spacious cabin. The easy access thanks to the lack of a B-pillar is combined with long doors with frameless windows and an improved visibility for the passengers in the rear compartment.

Customers are able to choose an individual styling and materials for the interior. BMW designers offer a premium materials such as fine leather, wood, wool and other renewable natural materials.

BMW i3 Concept Coupe
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The sporty three-door car is equipped with a hi-end displays, as well as innovative infotainment and communications functions, and a navigation system. There are 6.5 inch (16.5 centimetre) display on the steering column, another one 8.8 inches (22.4 centimetres) in the centre of the dashboard and a central information screen.

BMW i3 Concept Coupe

BMW i3 Concept Coupe
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BMWs and Audis – most targeted by thieves in Europe

BMW and Audi models are amongst the most targeted brands by car thieves in Europe. Insurance companies report that in top 10 vehicles that never return to their owners are three BMW and 3 Audi models. Learn more about desirable cars.

BMW Z4
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BMW Z4

The BMW Z4 roadster is a sports two-seater. It is a little bit pricey compared to its rivals. The premium-priced model is refined and luxurious. The Z4 is offered in 2.5i, 3.0i and 3.2-liter variants, with 184 horsepower, 225 hp and 330 hp respectively. In 2012, the German auto builder launched a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the sDrive28i model. The drivetrain generates much power combined with better fuel economy.

BMW Z 4
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BMW 7-series Sedan

The BMW 7 Sedan is preferred by thieves because of the state-of-the-art technology, efficient peak performance and comfort. It is a must have vehicle for the people that want elegance and power.

BMW 7-series Sedan
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The 7-series sedan is famous with its exclusive appearance featuring adaptive LED headlights, a striking kidney grille slats and chrome accents, and large air inlets. Inside, the passengers are surrounded by high-end design, based on fine materials and finishing. The comfortable ambiance of the 7-series Sedan inspires with a feeling of spaciousness, and hi-tech innovations. One of the highlights is the Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound system offering a crystal-clear tone.

BMW X5

Another BMW flagship – the X5 is one of the most targeted by thieves. The BMW X5 Is the synonym of efficiency and performance for many Europeans.The vehicle is offered with a four diesel and petrol engines.

All four powertrains feature the latest generation of BMW EfficientDynamics technology.

The BMW `s eye-catcher features a long wheelbase, short overhangs and powerful contours that complete its sporty appearance.

Audi TT

One of the most popular cars amongst thieves is the iconic Audi TT. The smallest and lightest Audi model features potent performance with its 211 turbocharged horsepower engine.

The Audi TT Coupe exterior is highlighted by front Xenon plus headlights and LED daytime running lights, and an adaptive rear spoiler.

Audi TT Coupe
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Fisker Latigo CS

The Fisker Latigo CS is a variation of the BMW M6 or 650i. The German car has received a new custom bodywork and hand-made interior. Fisker designers use lots of aluminum, steel and carbon fiber to individualize the model.

Fisker Latigo CS

The Fisker Latigo CS is more elegant than the original. Inside, the cabin is covered in a genuine Italian leather.

The two-door Latigo CS features the same proportions, as the original BMW model. It also keeps the basic interior.

Fisker Latigo CS
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The Latigo is based on the 500-hp BMW M6 but a 648-hp example is also available.

The makeover costs $95,000. The tailor-made package is available for only 150 Bavarian vehicles.

Fisker Latigo CS
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Vorsteiner BMW GTRS3 Matte Blue

The Vorsteiner BMW GTRS3 Matte Blue is fitted with a special tuning package based on the 2010 BMW M3. The standard BMW now takes an evil look from the new body and aero modifications.

The US tuner used a complete replacement carbon fiber front bumper with modular replacement splitter, extended front fenders, extended side skirts, rear quarter panel fender arch extensions, and a wide-stance rear bumper with integrated carbon diffuser. The vehicle is equipped with twin 7-spoke forged wheels.

As an option buyers can order a stainless steel quad exhaust system, vented carbon hood, and a trademark TRS lightweight boot lid upon request.

Only 100 units of the Vorsteiner BMW GTRS3 will hit the market.

The widebody is without a doubt a very popular program from Vorsteiner. This matte blue version from Taiwan is just one of the examples of how great an E92 can look with these components.

It features the full GTRS3 widebody program and Vorsteiner V-308 3-piece forged aluminum wheels.

Image Credits: © Vorsteiner Group.

Vorsteiner V-MS BMW 5 Series

The Vorsteiner V-MS BMW 5 Series is one of the latest modifications of the Us company. It features a new front spoiler, rear diffuser, F10.

There are eleven variation of the 5 Series available:

  • 528i Sedan
  • 528i xDrive Sedan
  • 535i Sedan
  • 535i xDrive Sedan
  • 550i Sedan
  • 550i xDrive Sedan
  • ActiveHybrid 5
  • 535i Gran Turismo
  • 535i xDrive Gran Turismo
  • 550i Gran Turismo
  • 550i xDrive Gran Turismo

Image Credits: © Vorsteiner Group.

German brands are finalists in 2012 World Car of the Year

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One month before the ceremony “World Car of the Year”, it is obvious that a German brand will get the prize.  The finalists have been announced at the Geneva motor show, and the top three are: BMW 3-Series, Porsche 911 and Volkswagen Up!. The winner will be chosen at New York auto show in April.

The Porsche 911 uses a six-cylinder boxer engine that offers efficient fuel consumption and optimized performance. The shape features a longer wheelbase, wider front track, and lower roofline. The body of a new Porsche Carrera 911 is a blend of aluminum and various types of steels. The Porsche 911 is also a finalist in the World Performance Car of the Year category.

The mini-sized Volkswagen Up! is a small urban family car. It is available in three body styles: a 2-door hatchback (4 or 5 seats), a 4-door version; and a long-wheelbase 4-door wagon (5-7 seats).

 The third nominee in this category is BMW 3-Series sedan.  The previous-generation BMW 3-Series took the award in 2006.