The E89 Z4 was lauded as a graceful grand tourer, but was sometimes dinged for not being a pure sports car in its reactions.

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BMW's second-generation Z4 had a long life, only going out of production in the summer of 2016.

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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.

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Fixed rollover hoops were fitted to every Z4.

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A power folding hardtop increased security and foul-weather performance at the expense of weight, cost and complexity.

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This particular Z4 is finished in Estoril Blue.

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This second-generation Z4 was codenamed E89.

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The E89 Z4 received both four- and six-cylinder engines, with power always routed exclusively to the rear wheels.

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Elements of the driver-focused cockpit harkened back to BMW's legendary Z8 roadster, and the 507 that inspired it.

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A long hood meant the driver sat nearly over the rear axle.

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BMW's trademark "Corona ring" headlamps are lit up here in distinctive fashion.

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The Z4's hood is so long that the engine was actually able to be mounted in a front-midships arrangement.

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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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