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Six baby squirrels found in a BMW Z4 M

A rather and unique rescue occurred a few weeks ago at the Watkins Glen during the BMW CCA driving school, when the owner of a BMW Z4 M coupe found no more than six baby squirrels who were living in the vehicle’s airbox.

He pulled over the car after hearing some peculiar sounds coming from under the hood. He then discovered that the critters were crawling around inside, and the good news is that after the airbox was removed, all of the squirrels escaped without a single scratch.

Source: One Hot Lap via WCF

China-only BMW Z4 sDrive23i Flame Edition Revealed

BMW Z4 sDrive23i Flame Edition

You probably already know how important the Chinese market has become in the last few years for the major automakers and lately we’ve seen an extensive array of special edition models that have been a major hit. In the past BMW has launched plenty of such models, like the M3 Matte and Tiger Editions.

Now they’re back with a special version – Z4 sDrive23i Flame Edition. It is based on the Z4 hardtop roadster and features a 6-cylinder 2.5-liter gasoline engine that produces 204 hp, which is enough for a 0-62 mph time in 7.3 seconds. On the outside, this limited edition comes with attractive yellow paintwork and bespoke alloys.

BMW Z4 sDrive23i Flame Edition

Inside the cabin we find the seats which have been wrapped in leather and Alcantara with yellow accents. The same hue was used for the lower parts of the dashboard and the center panels that have been trimmed in Alacantara with yellow piping.

Source: BMW via Carscoop

AC Schnitzer BMW Z4 320d, Heading To Geneva

AC Schnitzer BMW Z4 320d

AC Schnitzer are going to be busy this year at the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show because aside from bringing their upgrade program for the 2011 BMW 550i, they will also present their tuning package for the Z4 320d. Dubbed Z4 99d, the car will have an engine that develops 190 hp (140 kW) and 420 Nm of torque.

With these muscles under the bonnet, the Z4 will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, onto a top speed of 235 km/h. Not only fast, but also fuel efficient and nature-friendly as the Z4’s fuel consumption will be of only 3.8 l / 100 km in the combined cycle and will have CO2 emissions of only 99.18 g / km.

AC Schnitzer BMW Z4 320d

In addition, comparing it to the standard version, the Z4 99d developed by AC Schnitzer will be 230 kg lighter.

Next week when the Geneva Motor Show starts we will be able to provide additional information about the AC Schnitzer BMW Z4 320d (Z4 99d).

NHTSA investigating power steering issues on BMW Z4 and Mazda3

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just announced that it will be starting two new investigations, both related to the power steering systems of the BMW Z4 and the Mazda3.

The specific models currently being investigated are the 2003-2005 BMW Z4 and the 2007-2009 Mazda3. It seems that while the systems may be quite different, they both are responsible for incidents. Three Mazda crashes and one BMW accident were reported, stemming from a loss of response from the steering system.

The Mazda3 did receive a Technical Service Bulletin (not a full pledged recall) last year, but it seems that the electro-hydraulic power steering system still has some problems.

The BMW Z4, on the other hand, uses a completely electric steering system, which, at high speeds or temperatures, may manifest some issues. As you can imagine, under such conditions, you want the car to be as responsible as possible.

The investigations are still underway, so a result is to be expected in the following weeks.


BMW Z4 gets stone statue treatment in China

We’ve seen some pretty interesting representations of cars over the years. The last memorable one being the BMW M3-shaped headstone that a fan got for his tomb.

Now, it seems some people in Beijing really love the BMW Z4. Why? Because a life-size stone statue decorates one of its boulevards.

As you can see, it’s not on a pedestal or something like that, instead just sitting there like any average parked car. Even more so, from a distance, you can barely tell that it is a statue and not a real car in a unique vinyl wrap.

But what really takes the cake is that the car has fully-recreated interior because, you know, if you’re going for the real-life look, why not make the stone carving that much more realistic.

Not a lot is known, but these images are enough to make us scratch our heads and think what will surprise us next.


BMW Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia limited edition revealed

BMW is really boasting its 70th anniversary from the famous win it recorded with the 328 model at the Mille Miglia endurance race. After revealing a restored 328 Kamm Coupe, the company has also announced a new limited edition: the Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia.

Based on the recently revealed top-of-the-range Z4 sDrive35is, this special edition will boast unique features like a coat of matte Polaris Metallic paint, a blacked out front grille, a set of 19-inch wheels finished in Dark Chrome as well as an M aerodynamic kit. On the inside red contrast stitching is present, as well as a lot of Mille Miglia badges, both on the interior and exterior.

For those who forgot the impressive performance of the top Z4, it outputs 340 HP from the 3.0-liter inline six cylinder unit, which is coupled to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.

Only 99 models will be made, so you’d better hurry up if you want to own such a special Z4.


BMW Z4 GT3 presents its track-ready self

BMW Z4 fans were treated at the end of last year with two very big surprises: the announcement of the sDrive35is model, which unofficially supplants the need for a dedicated M-car, and the promise of a Z4 GT3 race car, which will be offered to professional teams.

Now, the Bavarian company decided to finally unveil the first pictures of its GT3-spec roadster. In case you forgot, the powerful 4.0-liter V8 under the hood of the race car was taken straight from the road-legal M3, and optimized with things like a Type-408 ECU or a Power400 control unit, so that its output is now around 480 HP.

A racing six-speed sequential gearbox was added, sending power to the rear wheels. Race teams will also be able to enjoy things like ABS or central-locking wheels, and for those of you planning to race in hot environments, air conditioning is an optional extra.

BMW will be offering the Z4 GT3 for €298,000 (around $407,000), and you’ll be able to race it, as the name implies, in all GT3-spec competitions.


BMW announced Z4 GT3 track car with M3 V8 engine

Great news for all the professional racing teams, as BMW has just announced that it will be releasing a special edition of its Z4 roadster, dubbed GT3, specifically targeted at racing competitions.

What does this new model have that recommends it for such a goal? Why the massive 4.0-liter V8 engine from the M3, which can pump out around 480 HP, and, up until now, wasn’t even believed to fit into the smaller body of the Z4. The most powerful edition of the Z4 up until now was the sDrive35is model, which was recently unveiled and is pictured above.

Teams which are interested in the new track car will find a wide array of systems which were already tested on the BMW M3 GT2 racing car, as well as a full set of customizations in compliance with competitions like the FIA GT3 or many 24-hour endurance racing championships.

The price for such a model? A “measly” €298,000 (around $427,000). But while this prohibitive price does mean it is aimed at professional racing teams, this doesn’t stop fans of dreaming about a special, road-legal Z4 GTS edition, as the Bavarian company did release such a thing for the M3 model.


2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is is the M-badged roadster you’ve been waiting for

BMW‘s entry in the roadster market, the Z4, has reached a whole new level with the latest generation, which gathered praises from many respected journalists. But even though the regular models were pretty quick, the Bavarian company has now announced the Z4 sDrive35is model, which, in lack of a better description, is the M-badged roadster you’ve been waiting for, except it won’t feature the M in its name.

But it will feature it in its highly customized 3.0-liter twin turbo engine, which can now develop 340 HP, in the European version, and 335 in the US one. Torque numbers have been upgraded to 450 Nm, and can even reach 500 Nm thanks to a special overboost button (hopefully that button will be in the gear knob).

The roadster will have a Launch Control system, which will take it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, and keep on going to 250 km/h (155 mph). The engine will be coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and provide a fuel consumption of around 9.0 liters/100 km (around 26.1 mpg US), and will emit 210 g/km of CO2.

This new high performance Z4 will be offered with the M Sports Package, which includes a new, properly aggressive front bumper with wider air intakes finished in matte aluminum, a set of 18-inch light allow wheels, with 19-inch ones optional and a new rear bumper which accentuates the tailpipes and features a two-piece diffuser.

Expect the new BMW Z4 sDrive35is to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) and to appear on the European and US markets in spring, 2010.


Joy is BMW campaign inspires Romanian artist to create BMW Z4 out of origami paper cranes

We’ve covered BMW’s newest marketing campaign “Joy is BMW” by revealing the ads that highlight the Bavarian carmaker’s newest attitude towards its customers by rewarding them with the best driving experiences on the market.

This campaign also contained a competition among artists from Romania, which challenged them to bring to life this interesting concept. One Alexandru Mirea had a truly unique approach to this, and chose to recreate his favorite model, the BMW Z4, by using paper.

Fine, what’s so special about making a paper car? Well how about decorating it with over 4,000 paper cranes made through the traditional Asian craft of origami? Alex, after spending 15 days and in 5 pulling all-nighters, managed to create a life-size replica of the hot Bavarian roadster. Midway through the assembly, he decided to recreate a more interesting scene, by making the car seem like it is sliding and accents the speed through the rear of it, which seems to disintegrate.

Overall, this is certainly a unique take on BMW models, and one which will leave a mark on many people. Hit the jump to see the video of how the assembly process went, and if you want more details on the build, you can check out this document, but it is in Romanian.


AC Schnitzer releases first tuning kit for the new BMW Z4

The Frankfurt Motor Show saw not only a lot of new releases in terms of cars, but also in terms of special tuning packages from the largest companies in the old continent. One exception, however, was reputed AC Schnitzer tuning house, which opted to reveal its first kit for the new BMW Z4 in a more silent way.

But when we’re talking the improvements the team did to the new Bavarian roadster, then silent is the complete opposite. The experts at AC Schnitzer decided to tackle the 3.5i version, out of which they managed to pull 360 HP, thus taking the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds, and up to a dizzying 286 km/h (177 mph).

In terms of style, the company also respected its reputation, outfitting the new Z4 with a new front spoiler an chromed grille, as well as a rear spoiler and new exhaust tip finishes. In the inside, chrome was inserted with a lot of taste around the central console, the iDrive system and the pedals, in order to give a sportier feel.

For a first attempt, AC Schnitzer lived up to the expectations, but perhaps we might see something more outrageous in the future from the tuning house in regards to the new Z4 from BMW.


Video: The 2009 BMW Z4 in Spain

This video was recently released by BMW and shows exterior, interior and driving footage, probably taken during the recent test drive days that took place in Alicante, Spain. The video’s 10 minutes long and unfortunately there’s no music (except for the engine “symphony”) so some of you might find it dull. Still, we liked it and we hope you do too. Enjoy!


The new BMW Z4 officially unveiled

After last week we saw two leaked photos of the new BMW Z4, this weekend, the German carmaker officially unveiled their new sports car. When it will go on sale, the new Z4 will be available with three engines, an entry level 2.5 liter developing 204hp (152 kW) and 250Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, a 3.0 liter (258hp (192 kW) 3-liter engine with 210Nm (228 lb-ft) of torque) and a top of the line 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged unit that delivers 306hp (228 kW) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque and takes the Z4 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds.

A premiere for the Z Series is the use of a new retractable hard-top, which opens and closes in 20 seconds. Of course, this means that the car is heavier, but to deal with that, BMW has fitted the Z4 with an Adaptive M Suspension system (ride height can be raised/lowered by 10 mm with three configurations available), plus the Drive Dynamic Control function, available for the first time on the Z4.

The new BMW Z4 will make its world debut at next month’s Detroit Motor Show, when BMW will also probably announced the dates when the car will go on sale.

Check out more photos and a video after the jump. (more…)

2010 BMW Z4 brochure leaked

Last week we showed you a photo of the new BMW Z4 caught in a BMW showroom somewhere and now, thanks to our good friends from BMW Blog, we’ve got another goodie for all the car’s fans. This official brochure was leaked and we can get a look at the car’s rear (though it’s a scan, the quality is pretty good). Hmm, that makes us reconsider a little our previous position, because the car looks very good here. Some influence from the 6 Series, but that’s very promising, we must admit.

Source: BMW Blog


Photo of the new BMW Z4 gets on the web

If BMW managed to keep some mystery around its latest car, the new BMW Z4, all that is gone now, because the first photo of the car without any camo broke loose on the web. The car was photographed in a showroom (no idea where) before its official unveiling, on December 15th. We’re going to wait for the official photos and info about the car, but we don’t really like it. We had the chance to test drive the current generation, we really loved it, but this one, though the photo’s quality is not that great, doesn’t look that good. But let’s wait for more stuff on the car.


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