The BMW Z4 is on its way out, BimmerToday reports, with the flame-surfaced roadster slated to exit production this month. The second-generation Z4 has been built since 2009; the first-gen model took over for the Z3 in 2002. The current car smoothed out the design of the Z4 that debuted in '02 and was offered solely with a power-retractable hardtop, unlike its predecessor that was offered as a coupe and a soft-top convertible.
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Powered by a range of inline-four and inline-six engines in various world markets, the Z4 battled a fairly limited group of competitors, including the Porsche Boxster and Cayman and the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.
The debut of the 1-Series, which sought to rekindle warm and fuzzy memories of the BMW 2002, offered a compelling (and more affordable) alternative to the Z4 in the U.S. market, even though the 1-Series had been on sale in Europe and elsewhere since the early 2000s in a wider variety of bodystyles. Some felt the 1-Series and the 2-Series had lessened the case for the Z4 in recent years, especially given the steep $50,000 starting price for even the Z4 28i powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four (good for 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque).
What will replace the Z4? Given BMW's ever-growing lineup, it remains to be seen whether there will be two successors or only one, but recent rumors point to a tie-up with Toyota that could also result in a reborn Supra. (The mystery roadster, which may or may not be badged Z5, has already been spotted testing, but it is not expected to debut until 2018, at the earliest.)