The end of production of the current Z4, which wears E89 chassis designation, also means the last car to be fitted with BMW’s twin turbocharged N54 six-cylinder engine, which has been replaced with both the twin-scroll N55, and later B58 engines in the rest of the BMW range.
German website Bimmer Today reports the final car was a flagship Z4 sDrive35i S, finished in the Z4’s Valencia Orange hero colour.
Over 115,000 units of the current generation car have been built between 2009 and 2016, following from the previous generation Z4 built between 2002 and 2008, which itself took over from the Z3 line introduced in 1995.
The Z4’s successor is expected to move to the Z5 name with the next generation vehicle, with chassis development shared with Toyota and its rumoured Supra.
Although still to be confirmed the Z5 looks likely to concentrate on higher performance, offering a more focussed engine and chassis package compared with four-cylinder entry-level versions.
While information about Toyota’s new sports car keeps surfacing on a regular basis, details of the new Z5 are more closely guarded, although where the Toyota version is set to offer a turbocharged Lexus V6, BMW is set to stick with its own six-cylinder engine.
The alliance between Toyota and BMW may also see a jointly developed hybrid system added to one of both of the new sports cars, with a focus on boosting performance rather than environmental benefits.
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