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2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept: A New Realm for the Z Model

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept: A New Realm for the Z Model

BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Side - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Side – BMW – EuroDrift

In August 2017, BMW revealed the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance. From front to rear, the new BMW Z4 displays an aggressive styling. This combines with a low suspension to make this an extremely sporty-looking car. The front and rear of the 2018 Z4 seem to be similar to the 8 Series Concept. The new Z4 has the usual twin-kidney grilles plus massive air intakes.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear Angle - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear Angle – BMW – EuroDrift

Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, & Z4 M40i

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

As with BMW’s other models, the Z4 is expected to be offered in quite a few options. The model lineup will probably contain the following options: Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, and Z4 M40i. The 2018 BMW Z4 sDrive20i will sport a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor producing 180 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. In the Z4 sDrive30i, the same 2.0-liter engine should produce around 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Lastly, the Z4 M40i should have the same in-line six motor as the 340i producing 320 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. Unfortunately, there will be no true BMW Z4 M model.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Overhead Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Overhead Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

“Trio of Large Air Intakes”

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front Air Intakes - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front Air Intakes – BMW – EuroDrift

BMW states the “trio of large air intakes are a nod to the powerful engine further back”. On the front end, large air intakes create an aggressive, angry appeal. These large air intakes are beneficial to the engine as more air flow will reach the actual intake system of the vehicle. As usual, BMW proudly displays its kidney style grills of which it has become known for. On the rear, the styling attempts to give it a wider feel creating the overall sensation of a low, long, and wide vehicle.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Exhaust & Taillight - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Exhaust & Taillight – BMW – EuroDrift

iDrive, Infotainment, & Two-Tone Leather

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Interior Perspective - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Interior Perspective – BMW – EuroDrift

On the interior, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept has the standard infotainment system as well as the iDrive controller. To complement this, a two-tone interior welcomes the driver and guests. In the base model, BMW is installing 6-speed manual transmissions. For an upgrade cost, the Z4 can arrive with the 8-speed ZF Auto Box transmission. On the exterior, the new BMW Z4 will arrive with 17” standard wheels and have optional 18” and 19” wheels.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Dashboard - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Dashboard – BMW – EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Two-Tone Seating - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Two-Tone Seating – BMW – EuroDrift

MSRP Expected to be $50,000 – $60,000

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Overhead - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Overhead – BMW – EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front – BMW – EuroDrift

Overall, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept was built to impress the crowd at Pebble Beach. With its new styling, the Z4 increases its appeal on the worldwide market. The MSRP should be similar to the previous Z4 model ranging between $50,000 and $60,000. This sports car has a reasonable price tag which will allow people with the dream of having a sports car to do so. In the end, the new BMW Z4 should be on the market as a 2018 or 2019 model.

 

BMW to Debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018

BMW to Debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018

What Vehicle Will BMW Debut?

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front – BMW – EuroDrift

“Suffice it to say that this new model will certainly be an emotional addition to the BMW range.” – BMW Statement During Press Release

In 2018, BMW promises to debut an “emotional” vehicle at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Thus, many people are pointing towards the official Z4 model release. In August 2017, BMW brought the Z4 Roadster Concept to the Pebble Beach Concours show. On top of the possible Z4 debut, BMW will also display the new 8-Series. Both cars are part of the new line-up that will hit markets for the 2019 model year. But, there is also no guarantee which car BMW will debut at the show.

The ‘2019’ BMW Z4

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Side - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Side – BMW – EuroDrift

For the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018, there is speculation of a Z4 debut. If this is the case, it will most likely be a 2019 BMW Z4 due to the August timing. The BMW Z4 Roadster Concept officially debuted at Monterey Car Week last year. The expectations are that the Z4 will be offered in an inline-4 and inline-6 engine. The inline-4 starts around 180 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. As per the inline-6, it should sport around 320 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. At a price of $50,000 to $60,000, this car will be an impressive, affordable car. Although, in the end, the Z4 does relate closely to the new Toyota Supra. That car won’t hit market until next year.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Interior Perspective - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Interior Perspective – BMW – EuroDrift

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a high-end luxury show at the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. The event is held at the lodge with its prestigious location and rating. Each year, manufacturers bring new cars to display while spectators bring their finest collectible vehicles. General Admission Tickets start at a whopping $325 prior to August 1, and $375 beginning August 1. From there, prices only increase with the next level equating to $825 per ticket. Obviously, this event caters to the wealthy as the base tickets cost more than a Beyoncé concert.

BMW Expects to Impress the Spectators

2019 BMW Z4 Concept – Interior Exterior and Drive – CAR TV – YouTube

Overall, BMW expects to ‘wow’ the Pebble Beach spectators this year. While the 8-Series will be on display at the show, many still wonder what BMW will also bring to the table. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is no joke, so BMW will hopefully make an impressive debut. The ‘2019’ BMW Z4 is a great option for a victory at the show. Many people have been waiting for the revival of the Z4, and no one will be disappointed with this design. In conclusion, time will only tell as the debut will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear Angle - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear Angle – BMW – EuroDrift

German Automobile Reliability After 50,000 Miles

German automobile manufacturers pride themselves on innovative design. Their vehicles have some of the newest technological features on the market. However, “new” often means “unproven.” Historically, consumers have found that those “new” features came with a host of problems. Older model German cars were plagued with reliability issues. Fortunately, today’s models seem better engineered.

“Higher-ranking brands don’t go on the fritz nearly as often, or in the same manner, as their under-ranked German counterparts.” –  John Lincov, Consumer Reports, 2011

Even though newer model German cars perform better than their older versions, they are still expensive to service. Mercedes and BMW rank as the top two most expensive cars to maintain. In particular, the repairs to the German BMW 328i and Mercedes-Benz’ E350, can cost almost twice as much as their luxury counterparts. (1)

 

Audi’s Latest Models Win Reliability Award

Audi’s greatest issues revolved around engine and transmission problems. Although Audi’s overall quality was notably high compared to other German brands, many people were content to bypass them based on their reputation. Indeed, if you looked at the bulk data, this seemed smart. However, even in the past, there have been a couple of shining stars in the Audi lineup.

Without a doubt, the popular models such as the A4 and the Allroad were plagued with problems. The Audi A4 was noted for its powertrain and engine issues. The Allroad took flak due to powertrain and transmission issues. Older A4s are noted for excessive oil consumption. The worst model year for the Audi A4 was 2002 with engine failure occurring, on average, by 76,000 miles. Past 50,000 miles, the Allroad often succumbed to valve cover and cam tensioner leaks.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Audi’s Q7 and A8. If you sift through years of reports, malfunctions in the A8 are few. Though the First Generation Q7 did have some electrical problems, later model-years did not.

Audi listened to consumer complaints from the past and has attempted to address the issues. A newer model Audi earned one of the top five spots in Consumer Reports’ 2015 Auto Reliability Survey.

At one time, potential owners may have had reason to balk at the prospect of owning an Audi, but newer models are better designed and more reliable.

 

BMW Does Well with Lower-Priced Models

Like Audi, the reliability of BMW over the years depends on the model being examined. Overall, BMW’s quality compares with other German vehicles. Some models seem plagued problems, and others have stood the test of time.

BMW produced both the lowest rated BMW 745i and the highly popular BMW Z4. The 745i showed a high instance of powertrain and engine issues while the Z4 had virtually none. Accordingly, people traded in more low mileage 745is towards other models compared to the industry average.

There is a correlation between longevity and lower sticker prices. The less expensive BMWs contained fewer electronics. Consequently, it is possible that there is a direct relationship between reliability and the use of mechanical over electronic parts.

 

Mercedes-Benz Ranked #1 for Longevity

Public perception of Mercedes-Benz vehicles tends to be positive. Most owners report they’d buy another, and it’s not uncommon to see older models on the road. On the surface, Mercedes appears reliable.

Of the German cars, Mercedes ranks as number one for longevity. Historically, they show the highest number of high-mileage vehicles in use when compared to their German counterparts. Mercedes also boasts the highest rating for overall manufacturer quality of the German brands. However, the numbers are a bit different when Mercedes is compared to non-German brands.

Something to note is that the United States government organization that tracks vehicle safety issued more recalls, and filed more complaints about Mercedes than other brands during the last decade. It seems that, with Mercedes, you roll the dice and hope for the best.

 

Porsches are Expensive to Maintain

Porsche wins all sorts of awards for its new cars. However, a different story emerges when you look into their historical data. Of all the German manufacturers, Porsche had the lowest number of traded-in vehicles carrying over 180,000 miles.

A recent study of British consumers which analyzed the reliability of cars between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, rated Porsche the second least reliable vehicle on the road. The study calculated the average repair cost of a Porsche to be just over $1000; quite a hefty fee for the average consumer.

The verdict: Porsche produces well-built, high-performance vehicles that are very expensive to keep on the road.

 

Volkswagen Ranked Lowest of the German Brands

Volkswagen’s reputation precedes itself; it’s very common to hear phrases like “money-pit” and “disaster” thrown around. Based on the data from the last decade, one can understand why that is so.

Actually, Volkswagen was pretty close to Mercedes on the number of trade-in vehicles carrying over 180,000 miles. That would indicate that people keep their cars for a long period. However, there are also a large number of complaints regarding engine and transmission problems. Notably, the Passat and Jetta showed mostly engine complaints including several instances of engine failure due to oil sludge. Those repairs cost upwards of $2000 each.

Volkswagen received the lowest rating for overall manufacturer quality of the five German manufacturers. In 2014, when J.D. Power surveyed owners of three-year-old vehicles, they found significantly more reported problems in Volkswagen than other brands.

Based on the data available, Mercedes and Volkswagens seem to have the longest life spans. All German brands are expensive to maintain and have a history of engine and transmission problems. Out of them all, Audi seems to have their act together and now holds the top spot for reliability.

So why do people continue to purchase older model German vehicles? Most of these brands enjoy an almost “cult-like” following. Their luxury vehicles seem prestigious, and people who own them don’t seem to mind the high upkeep.

 

References

https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/the-most-and-least-expensive-cars-to-maintain-by-maddy-martin

http://www.cnbc.com/id/41831956

http://www.reliabilityindex.com/

http://www.jdpower.com/ratings/industry/automotive

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/guide_to_car_reliability/index.htm

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