BMW Z4 and the BMW E89 Chassis

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One of the top car manufacturing companies is undoubtedly BMW. With new research and manufacturing techniques brought to the table by the company, it created a top-notch chassis that catered to better GT cars than most models present in the market. BMW Z4 made use of the chassis BMW E89. This chassis made it possible for the BMW Z4 model to compete against the top brands. It provided a convertible look on the BMW Z4 which was said to compete with the Mercedes SLK. The BMW Z4 was unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show.

Transmission and Brake technology

The BMW Z4 makes use of a double-clutch gearbox that allows the user to have a 7-speed transmission experience. As for the 23i and the 30i versions of the BMW Z4, these models have a different version which includes the standard 6-speed manual transmission.

The thing that made the BMW Z4 what it is today is the braking system that caters to different standards including the Normal and Sport modes. As for the design of the hand brake of the BMW Z4, the mechanism is powered by electro-mechanic operation. This guarantees efficiency among its users.

The thing with the BMW Z4 design is that it prioritized safety above anything else. In fact, the design included Cornering Brake Control and belt load limiter. These additions provide peace of mind and reliability to the BMW Z4 design. With four airbags to cushion high-impact collisions, this goes how safe passengers and the driver can be with the BMW Z4. Since the BMW Z4 is expected to run at high speed, the creators of the GT car managed to create two roll-over bars that will protect people inside in case the car would flip during an accident.


In Early 2006, Juliane Blasi and Nadia Arnaot made changes to what the BMW Z4 looked like. After the planning stages, the Z4 now has a retractable top.

This gives the drivers the best of both worlds between coupe and roadster versions. Made of a two-piece lightweight aluminum hardtop that can fold in 20 seconds, this is one of the best changes made for the BMW Z4.

Race Versions

There are different race versions of the BMW Z4. The BMW Z4 GTE and GT3 are two different types of successful variants for the Z4. Experienced in the Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship, both cars have further spiked the popularity and the prestige seen in the Z4 and the brand in general.

There are also other derivative versions of the BMW Z4 present in the market. In fact, one of these versions is known to commemorate the BMW 328.

The 75th anniversary of the BMW 328 made the company unveil a modification of the Z4 in the 2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Lastly, there is also the collaboration made by BMW with Zagato to create the BMW Zagato Roadster.

Cars evolve and improve through the years. There are different influences that made the BMW Z4. What stood out is the fact that it actually became the origin of many supercars. Thanks to the BMW E89 as a platform to kick start everything, this made the changes possible.

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