Originally Posted by nicknaz
Scott26 thanks for the info.
For what it is worth, I wanted to say that as a E89 Z4 35i owner I really wish there was an all out M version with the V8, LSD, weight reduction, and suspension tuning that is about agility at all cost. There isn't a good 2 seater for me to "ladder up" to within BMW, and I'll likely have to go outside the brand for my next car.
Also, I think my wife's F30 335 is spot on for a car that is 95% commuting and 5% canyons / performance driving. The in cabin tech is great, and the option 704 suspension is nice for a street car. I'm good with compliance as long as the wheel control is still there.
Thanks for sharing your info with the community.
Many within the company wishes for an M Z4 but unfortunately the market is small. It is possible to do a limited model like the 1 Series M Coupe but there is no decision to do this.
There was the plan to absorb the Z4 iS into the M Performance line but this fell through in the final hour.
We will shortly be presenting our collaboration with Toyota for a new interpretation of a new highly focused sports car first as a concept. The production car will be called the Z5 which allows us to align a new UKL (FWD) based Z1 with equivalent MINI sports car along with a mid sized Z3 (the name is coming back) which again could be aligned with Toyota. Although for some markets Toyota might use Lexus branding.
The Z5 Roadster will feature exterior and interior design from BMW, as well as BMW engines. Toyota will supply optional hybrid technology and BMW will supply CFRP in its construction. A coupe will follow.
The new "Z" design is influenced by the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Car.
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