The Next BMW Z4 Might Weigh a Lot Less Than its Predecessor

With its folding metal hardtop, the heavy previous-generation BMW Z4 was more of a cruiser than an out-and-out sports car aimed at the Porsche Boxster. The next one, first previewed in concept form yesterday, will reportedly be different than its predecessor. Automobile Magazine reports that BMW has ditched the folding hardtop for the Z4 and is targeting a weight of 3000 to 3200 lbs.

The outgoing Z4 weighs over 3200 lbs when equipped with a four-cylinder engine, and opting for two additional pistons adds an additional 300 lbs. If Automobile's report proves true, that means the next-gen Z4 will see a significant weight savings. BMW is apparently keeping weight down by eschewing heavy tech like rear-wheel steering, and all-wheel drive.

For reference, Porsche says both the standard 718 Boxster and Boxster S weigh around 3000 lbs—a little less if you opt for a manual, a little more with an automatic. The 340-hp Jaguar F-Type V6 weighs around 3500 lbs by comparison. Read more about the Next BMW Z4 Might...

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19 Mar 2018