Z4 No Longer Just a Fancy Miata


I finally saw a newer Z4 on the road the other day. At first glance, the tail lights looked more like a 6 series, but I quickly realized it was the new Z4. See, the last time I took note of the new Z4, it was in featured in a blog in the "baby boomer beige" color. It had instantly made am impression on me that it was no longer a sports car, but just a luxury convertible. I would like to say that the old adage,"you never get a second chance to make a first impression," does not apply to the automobile.

I first notice how much smoother and sleeker it is overall. It still has some very nicely chiseled lines, but they don't interrupt the body like on the previous model. I am particularly fond of the sweeping character line that starts with the curve of the bonnet, and dives towards the rear wheel to meet with the muscular, yet sexy wheel arch. The lower line between the wheels angles up nicely, and helps accentuate a slight coke bottle curve behind the front wheel. Above that, the vent gets thinner and pointer, yet still looks like  it serves a purpose. The BMW roundel no longer serves as a turn signal. It was clever, but is too clunky for this Z4.

I can't forget to mention the retractable hardtop. It's not incredibly obvious that it's a convertible. Not many do that well. Whether it fools you or not, the roof line, shape and proportions are so undeniably classic, that I can't help but compare the silhouette to a Jaguar e-type or a Ferrari GTO 250. Too soon? Okay, maybe I got just a little too excited.

There's not much that I don't love about this new car. And, in nearly every way, I think it is superior to it's predecessor in design and sex appeal. Unless it's in beige.


Casey said...

Something that has changed in phases with timing and styling is the position of the cabin along the front-to-back plane. The market seems to be trending towards "futuristic" styling which puts the cabin forward. for example, my 2007 Civic Si. I feel like the front axle is directly under my ankles. I really like that the cabin on this Bimmer looks like you're sitting on the rear axle. It's classic (front engine) sports car design, but still has fantastic edges and lines.

Butch said...

I can see where you see the e- type Jag, what with the long nose and roof line. BMW has done a good job at making the car look strong with what Casey mentions in how the rear seems to be right underneath you. You get the impression that when you get on it the car will squat and go.

I also see Mercedes in the roof. Not sure which one but MB seems to have a certain look that until now I haven't seen again.

I would also agree that the Z4 is more of a luxury two seater because you just don't seem to see them at weekend events.