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New 2019 BMW Z4 revealed at Paris Motor Show

The new BMW Z4 is set to arrive early next year, with the range comprising of three models - sDrive20i, sDrive30i and the flagship M40i Following an early prototype drive, the all-new BMW Z4 has had its public debut at the Paris Motor Show ahead of sales starting in March next year. The new roadster has been developed in a joint project with Toyota, although the two models to emerge from the shared process - the Z4 and the Japanese firm’s Supra - will be substantially different. BMW’s offering will be a convertible only; the Toyota will be sold as a coupe.

The car’s looks and proportions stick pretty closely to those previewed on a concept that was revealed at Pebble Beach in California event last year. There’s a particularly short overhang at the front end, and a visible decrease in wheelbase compared with the outgoing Z4.

Against the tape measure the new Z4 comes in at 85mm longer than its predecessor (at 4,324mm), 74mm wider (now 1,864mm) and 13mm taller (1,304mm). The images also confirm that this Z4 has a folding fabric roof (it opens in around 10 seconds), eschewing the aluminium hard-top of the outgoing generation on grounds of complexity, cost and weight. The new car’s total kerb weight is said to be around 50kg lighter than the car it replaces. The Z4 range is made up of three models: the sDrive20i, sDrive30i and flagship M40i. The entry-level models both use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 196bhp and 256bhp respectively – that’s a 13bhp increase over the outgoing model.