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BMW teases us with what might be a Z4 Targa top silhouette

On August 17, BMW is set to reveal something that so many of us have been anticipating. So better save the date if you want to be one of the first ones to witness their surprise. And just a few weeks before they unveil it, they released a teaser of the car’s silhouette, showing only the shape of the convertible’s upper half - and it is already looking pretty sexy.

“The road will never be the same” is what captions the beautiful image. After the company posted this, the biggest question in mind is, what is it? There were a number of comments that came out after, some were saying that it is a convertible 8 Series. It could be, but the shape and size do not seem to fit. However, others suggest that it could be a Targa-top i8. Since we do not know the right answer to this question yet, we can do our own investigation to guess what this could be, or we could just wait until August 17.

August 17 is happening a few days before the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and it is quite common for automakers to unveil their new models days before events like these. Furthermore, BMW Designworks is just a couple of hours away from Pebble Beach, so we might actually see the actual car in the event. Remember that last year, the company brought out the fully restored 1957 507 that was once owned by Elvis Presley to the 2016 Pebble Beach event.

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2019 BMW Z4 Roadster makes its debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The new 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster has now been unveiled to the global public at the world renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the same place where BMW first revealed the BMZ Concept Z4 in 2017. The latest generation of the Roadster was unveiled in all glory in the form of the all-new 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition.

The sporty yet elegant proportions of the all-new BMW Z4 quickly betray its dynamic and sporting potential as achieved through a central sitting position for the driver, a perfect 50:50 axle load distribution, compact wheelbase, wide tracks and low center of gravity. It looks is defined by the BMW kidney grille with a mesh design and flanked by vertically stacked headlights. The looks of the latest BMW Roadster is also defined by long clamshell hood extending over the front wheels, large air breathers on the front wheel arches as well as by a characteristic spoiler integrated into the rear lid.

All of these visual elements are present in the new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition, which is also laden with a number of specific design and equipment features. Featuring a Frozen Orange Metallic body paintwork, the new Z4 M40i First Edition comes with an electrically operated textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect. These details are complemented by the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line and black exterior mirror caps, as well as a set of two-tone, double-spoke 19-inch light alloy wheels. The First Edition also makes use of Adaptive LED headlights.

Read the entire article 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster makes its debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

BMW finally gives us an official teaser of the range topping M40i spec

Two years ago, on around January 2016 was the first time we saw spy shots of the BMW Z4. And today, we still have not seen the actual vehicle in production version, but at least there are spy shots of the roadster depicting a camouflaged prototype. It definitely is no ordinary test vehicle as we are looking at the Z4 M40i, which will be the crown jewel of the range taking into account a full fat Z4 M will not see the light of production day.

As usual, the automaker isn’t giving us that much information about the car, but what we do know is that the range topper is going to be given a newly developed inline six engine that they promise to be extremely powerful.

Aside from power, the M40i will feature a great deal of other goodies, including an M sports brake system, new front axle, a lower sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, as well as a set of M lightweight alloy wheels shod in mixed tires. BMW engineers have also come up with an electronically controlled lock in the rear axle differential to ensure the Z4 will be a proper sports car.

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Mcchip-dkr unveils the Porsche 911 Targa GT3 RS

For those Porsche enthusiasts out there, you must know that the Porsche 911 lineup is wide enough that you can get a model or trim that fits your style and personality - these range from models like the basic 911 Carrera all the way to the high performance, all wheel drive Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet. But here’s one more.

German tuner McChip-dkr has built a powered-up Targa version of the 911. Just check out this example they modified. They were able to tweak the Targa body and gave it GT3 levels of power, which have previously been available only in a coupe.

They were able to do this by taking a 911 Targa 4 GTS as their base. McChip-dkr then managed to maximize the car’s output to 566 horsepower (422 kilowatts) and 498 pound-feet of torque (675 Newton-metres).

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Recently, Toyota developed its newest sports car range, the GR nameplate, which will make its way to Tokyo as production models. This will hopefully include the brand new Supra that Toyota has been developing with BMW. But together with these models will be the GR HV Sports Concept, which will make its very first appearance in public. It is a two-seater performance vehicle with a Targa roof similar to that of Toyota’s Le Mans prototype, the TS050 Hybrid race car.

The engine can be found up front, but it brings power to the rear wheels. There are some things about the GR HV Sports concept that will remind you of the TS050 Hybrid. For instance, the unique headlights upfront come with stacks of LED clusters where there are two horizontal units floating on top of three vertical headlights.

And that is not all, the design of the concept’s alloy wheels, as well as the spoiler, is also similar to that of the TS050 Hybrid. However, once you move on to the side profile of the car, it looks more like the existing 86. But then, it looks different up front and at the rear, also because it comes with a Targa configuration and not a regular fixed metal roof. It is also a little wider than the 86, and is 5mm taller. Speaking of the 86, Toyota once came out with a concept, which they called the FT-86. It was a convertible 86 that unfortunately never reached production stage.

Read the entire article Toyota finally unwraps the GR HV Sports Concept with Targa top

While BMW and Toyota have entered a deal to co-develop a sports car project, each company will be producing entirely different models. BMW’s CEO for Australia Marc Werner had spoken with Car Advice recently and this is part of what he said. The company as we know is busy preparing for the rebirth of the Z4 --- which will inevitably be known as BMWs ultimate driving machine.

During the talk, Werner has also revealed the reason why BMW joined up with Toyota for this project, saying that they have to achieve "economies of scale" especially with the decreasing demand for roadsters. He further explained why doing this alone will not benefit either company; that’s why the new Z4 will somehow share certain characteristics with the upcoming Toyota Supra. The product development for each vehicle type often costs about 2 billion in USD. It is rather sad how sales for the roadster segment have gotten worse in the last two years, he stressed.

The official name for BMW’s much awaited Japanese counterpart however was not yet been confirmed at the time of this writing. The joint project, which involves both Toyota and BMW, will also mean that both sports cars will be using the same platform.

Read the entire article BMW says looks and performance of Z4 will be very different from Toyota Supra

How come most of the coolest cars remain only in our imaginations? This week, BMW introduced the Z4 Concept at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and artists have already bombarded the internet with their own variations of the hot roadster - just like this BMW Z4 Coupe Concept. These artists are not just playing with the Z4 as a convertible, but as a coupe with a fixed roof as you can see in this X-Tomi Design rendering.

We already know that if the Z4 concept turns into a production car, it will most likely not include a metal roof. This means that if you are looking for a hard top version, then you will have to settle for a Toyota Supra instead. And speaking of the Japanese model, this rendering is a little close to what it is.

If you compare the rendering to the actual Z4 concept, you would notice that 80 percent of the design cues remain. This includes the mesh kidney grille, the vertically oriented headlights, and the M-style wheels. The biggest upgrade is that the rendering gets a fixed roof, making it look much sportier than it already does. Lastly, the artist gave it a matte red finish that makes it look even more aggressive.

Read the entire article Artist publishes rendering of a BMW Z4 Coupe Concept

This weekend at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the BMW Z4 Concept will make its first public appearance. The good news is that we will finally have a real idea of what the upcoming roadster will look like.

Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said that the BMW Z4 Concept is a representation of the company’s new design language from all perspectives. This ranges from the dynamic design of the fascia to the striking flanks, all the way to the rear end. The lines and the exchange that occurs between surfaces give it a sense of power.

This concept gets its design and inspiration from the older roadsters of BMW, except this one does not look retro at all. If you notice, this concept actually veers from the company’s traditional styling cues - starting from the headlights that are more vertically oriented. This is different from past BMW models that have a horizontally oriented head lights. Another element added to the Z4 is the new mesh grille, instead of its typical bar set-up.

Read the entire article BMW Z4 Concept unveiled ahead of 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

The increasing demand for sports utility vehicles has convinced many carmakers to jump into the craze. Porsche is definitely not new to the SUV game, as it has already been 15 years since it launched the Cayenne. In 2014, Porsche introduced the Macan. With the still surging demand for SUVs, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Porsche decides to launch another unit, this time a more compact crossover.

How would this new compact SUV look like? It might not be hard to imagine, considering that Porsche already has two SUV offerings. The German luxury sports car maker just needs to take the cues of the Cayenne and the Macan, and apply them in a more compact package. But a certain automotive designer Emre Husmen of Salzburg, Austria posted a number of images in his social account in Behance depicting a new compact SUV from Porsche.

Working as a transportation designer for KISKA GmbH with previous employment at Ford and Fiat, Husmen rendered an interesting concept of a new Porsche SUV. It is interesting since this compact SUV concept isn’t derived from the Porsche Cayenne or Macan, but from the carmaker’s world-renowned staple sports car – the 911. Much more interesting is the fact that Husmen’s creation isn’t just a typical 911, but the version with a targa top – the Porsche 911 Targa. As per Husmen’s word, his work is a 911 package in an SUV. Its name? Husmen baptized his new creation as the Porsche 911X Targa.

Read the entire article Designer imagines Porsche 911X Targa as a crossover with giant wheels

If you thought that last year was the year for the BMW fanboys, then you might want to reconsider this year's offer. 2017 is upping the game after the 8 Series Concept was spotted at the Villa d'Este recently this week. At Pebble Beach is where the BMW followers’ dreams will come true, in a sense. According to sources, the upcoming BMW Z4 from the German automaker can finally be previewed after having been clouded in secrecy. We will be expecting this year to be a BMW fest, and we can't wait.

BMW axed the Z4 around August 2016 and probably, in the latter part of this year, the automobile will be given a second lease with the same label. To the surprise of everybody, a concept will be shown at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance that is scheduled on August 16-20, and we are counting down the months before we can see how the roadster will transform into what will be known as the 3rd gen.

Produced under the "G29" moniker, the new roadster is conceived under the collective work between BMW and Toyota, with the Japanese automaker set to unveil its own version of the car, likely resurrecting the legendary "Supra" codename and released as a coupe. Prototypes of the said vehicles have been spotted various times, albeit in camouflage, so it’s very hard to decipher. However, the recent batch of spy photos did provide us some preliminary tech details of the revived Z4.

Read the entire article BMW Z4 (G29) Concept, a joint project with Toyota, will be unveiled at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Don’t you just love it when individual artists come up with their own perspective or design of current models in the market? Well, the latest rendering you might be interested to see is by X-Tomi Design. They came out with a CGI of how the 2018 BMW Z4 looks underneath its camouflage.

The CGI reveals the roadster in a nice shade of blue, almost like a navy blue that adopts the Bavarian company’s current style philosophy. Though it looks a little similar to the rest of the lineup, the Z4 was designed with a more prominent set of kidney grilles, positioned between two familiar looking headlights. The hood has been sculpted and the front bumpers come with large air intakes that make it look somewhat sportier.

Looking at the rendering, the design will make you think that there is a powerful engine under the hood, with the front quarter panels’ large vent - adding to its already aggressive styling. The rear fenders have been designed to look more muscular with a large set of alloy wheels that look perfect with the design. To finish off the exterior, the retractable hardtop had been replaced with a simpler soft top which had been folded in the CGI.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW Z4 looks pretty good in the latest rendering

For those wondering what name BMW will be calling the replacement for the Z4, well this one will truly surprise you. When BMW first said that it will be replacing the Z4, there was a lot of discussion on what the name of the name model would be with many expecting it to be called as the Z5. Co-developed in a partnership with Toyota, the brand has dispelled any such notion when it comes to the name.

According to an interview with Auto Guide, CEO for BMW North American Ludwig Willisch has confirmed that this upcoming sports car will not be named as the “Z5” and added that it is a name that was made up by other people. He added that it would likely carry over the name and when pressed for a possible name, Willisch said that it may be called as, surprise, surprise, the Z4.

In the same interview, Willisch was also asked what will be powering this two-seater and if it will have a straight six-engine. He answered though that everything will be open to various interpretations. While it may be called the Z4, this would not necessarily refer to the number of cylinders, he continued. Given this answer, there is the likelihood that the new Z4, which is expected to have a fabric roof, will have an inline-six engine and thus become part of the small units with four-cylinder engines. Auto Guide also asked Willisch if the upcoming model will have the xDrive set-up, to which he replied that even he was not sure if it will indeed be offered. He did confirm that the brand was not closing the possibility of a hybrid version.

Read the entire article BMW will keep the Z4 moniker for its future sports car, not going for the Z5

Mazda has finally introduced the MX-5 RF retractable fastback at the 2016 New York Auto Show. This latest iteration of the MX-5 remains fully able in providing a dynamic and enjoyable open-top driving experience.

However, Mazda is offering this experience on a new dimension that is accessible to a wider range of drivers. The new Mazda MX-5 RF is powered by either the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engines. Power is transmitted to the wheels either through a quick-shifting six-speed SKYACTIV-MT transmission and an MX-5 RF- exclusive six-speed automatic gearbox.

This new Mazda MX-5 RF comes knocking with a fastback styling featuring a smooth roofline sloping down to the rear. Moreover, its distinct rear roof and retractable back window allow it to offer a unique convertible feeling. Interestingly, a driver could easily deploy or employ the power roof with just a push of a button even while the MX-5 RF is moving at speeds of up to 10km/h.

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People will always look for a Porsche 911 that has an all-wheel drive option. They get that and more with the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4. The new cars’ sporting attributes are significantly involved. They also get the best in comfort from the new generation 911 models.

These feature more fuel efficient yet also more powerful turbocharged engines. Aside from a powerful performance, the new Porsche 911 models also have new features to ensure safety for the drivers.

Since the Porsche 911 can be used for both racing and casual driving, it features Porsche’s proprietary Porsche Active Suspension Management chassis. The PASM chassis lowers the car’s riding height by ten millimeters. The upscale Carrera 4S versions can even include real axle steering, which is offered as an option.

Read the entire article Porsche boasts exceptional performance in new AWD 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4

BMW is eyeing to roll out a successor to its Z4 roadster before the end of the decade, development chief Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News Europe. The carmaker could share development costs with Toyota as partners. The carmakers have a cooperation deal that includes a common sports car architecture, collaboration on powertrain electrification and pooling of r&d on lightweight technologies.

BMW is trying to update the car in a cost-effective manner since global demand for two-seat roadsters and coupe has been dropping. “If you look at the volume … we have to realize that these segments are shrinking,” Froehlich said, noting that the body type is not popular in China, which is currently the largest auto market in the world.“

The unpopularity of such in China could be attributed to the preference of customers for privacy, which could be compromised when in a vehicle an open top. Likewise, driving in an open top is not preferable in many of China’s cities, no thanks to the issue of poor air quality.

Read the entire article Successor to BMW Z4 may come before 2020

In order to mark the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, Porsche unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) the all-new 911 (991) Targa 4 GTS. For those who don’t know, it is the first time we see a GTS version of the Targa and as expected, the vehicle promises to deliver open-air fun with a targa top.

Under the hood, there is a 3.8-liter boxer engine that generates 430 hp and 440 Nm (324.5 lb-ft) of torque at 5,750 rpm. Bolted to a PDK transmission, the 911 (991) Targa 4 GTS is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds), while top speed is in excess of 300 km/h or 186 mph.

Despite the impressive performances, fuel consumption ranges from 9.2 to 10.0 l/100 km, same as for the 911 Targa 4S. When it comes to design, the 911 (991) Targa 4 GTS features smoked bi-xenon headlights that feature the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels with central locks, sport design door mirrors as well as the “GTS” signature on the doors.

Read the entire article 2015 Detroit Auto Show: Porsche introduces the 911 (991) Targa 4 GTS

Scion announced that at the 2014 SEMA Show it will bring the head-turning targa top FR-S. Built by Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs, the Scion FR-S T1 comes with a two-tone finish that includes a black targa and a custom Azzuro California Blue.

As you can see, the vehicle arrives with a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper, enlarged front and rear fenders, new side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and central exhaust system as well as a stylish boot lid.

Moreover, the vehicle features a Greedy street turbo kit, KW coil-over suspension and an OEM Audio+ System 400 complemented by a Pioneer AVIC-8000NEC head unit. The design is completed by 19-inch forged wheels, which hides the Wilwood Big Brake Kit with custom nickel-plated finish.

Read the entire article 2014 SEMA Preview: Scion FR-S T1 is a head-turning targa top by Cartel Customs

Things are getting more and more interesting when talking about the Nissan 370Z successor. According to the latest reports, the new Nissan Z will get smaller but powerful models that will carry Mercedes-Benz technology as well as an impressive design.

If the current version was developed mainly for the United States and Japan, the successor will become a global sports car. As a result, the convertible version will receive a retractable hard-top, but a new model will also arrive with a targa top or a t-bar roof.

The decision to introduce a targa version is that is that Nissan wants to reach a wider section of potential customers.

Read the entire article Next-generation Nissan 370Z will go hybrid, receive a targa version

In order to celebrate the 1-2 victory in the opening round of Super GT, BMW announced that it is introducing in Japan the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit. Limited to just 60 units, the sDrive 20i GT Spirit Edition is based on the Z4 sDrive 20i featuring the M Sport Pack and comes with several design elements that make it special.

Besides the Alpine White colour, the 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit features the well-known M stripes on the front end, a black kidney grille, 19-inch M light alloy wheels and a new rear air diffuser featuring a black paint finish.

Inside, the seats are wrapped in leather and Alcantara and highlighted by the new orange stripes. In addition, there is a new set of aluminum pedals, a Metal Weave interior trim and door sills wearing the M logo.

Read the entire article 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit Edition launched in Japan to celebrate Super GT victory

Few days ago, Jalopnik said that Porsche will unveil a 911 (991) Targa Turbo at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The recipe was quite simple: a standard Porsche 911 (991) Turbo featuring the awesome roof found on the 911 (991) Targa. Immediately after reading about a more powerful version of the Targa, I began to feel like a kid waiting for Christmas to get its PlayStation 4.

The bad news came today from our friends from Autoblog who asked Nick Twork a.k.a. Porsche North America Product Communications Manager if the rumors, about a new version of the 911 Targa, were true. The answer cam quickly: “Totally false.” Still, there are some good news as Porsche will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show the 911 (991) RSR racecar as well as the 919 Hybrid, its new LMP1 race car.

We already told about the Porsche 919 Hybrid that it will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection V4 engine which has an unusually wide V angle. Porsche will compete with the new 919 Hybrid at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and try to end Audi’s winning spree. Regarding the 911 Targa Turbo, you will have to stick with the current offer, the 911 (991) Targa and Targa S models.

Read the entire article Porsche dismisses rumors about the 911 (991) Targa Turbo! Will show the 919 Hybrid, 911 RSR!