BMW's second-generation folding hardtop sports coupe enters its twilight years.
The E89 Z4 was lauded as a graceful grand tourer, but was sometimes dinged for not being a pure sports car in its reactions.
BMW's second-generation Z4 had a long life, only going out of production in the summer of 2016.
Sports cars typically sell in small volumes, so BMW decided to partner with Toyota for the next-generation Z4 to help with economies of scale.
Fixed rollover hoops were fitted to every Z4.
A power folding hardtop increased security and foul-weather performance at the expense of weight, cost and complexity.
This particular Z4 is finished in Estoril Blue.
This second-generation Z4 was codenamed E89.
The E89 Z4 received both four- and six-cylinder engines, with power always routed exclusively to the rear wheels.
Elements of the driver-focused cockpit harkened back to BMW's legendary Z8 roadster, and the 507 that inspired it.
A long hood meant the driver sat nearly over the rear axle.
BMW's trademark "Corona ring" headlamps are lit up here in distinctive fashion.
The Z4's hood is so long that the engine was actually able to be mounted in a front-midships arrangement.
The successor to this E89-generation Z4 is expected to go on sale in 2018 as a 2019 model-year offering.
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