After seven years, production of the E89 BMW Z4 appears to have come to a stop, according to Bimmer Today. The second-generation roadster marked the end of its production run at the Regensburg plant with a Z4 sDrive35is model, finished in Valencia Orange Metallic.
In total, around 115,000 units of the second-gen Z4 rolled off the assembly lines to compete against the likes of the Mercedes SLK (now known as the SLC) and Porsche Boxster. However, the E89 wasn’t as popular as the first-generation E85 Z4, and was never offered as an M performance model.
With the end of Z4 production, BMW could be poised to introduce its replacement, possibly called the Z5. The new roadster has been spied undergoing testing on several occasions, and will adopt a rear-wheel drive platform that comes courtesy of a BMW-Toyota joint development. Said platform will also be used in Toyota’s new sports car that is said to adopt the ‘Supra’ nameplate.
Further details on the upcoming Z5 remain scarce at the moment, but it is rumoured that BMW’s range of turbocharged petrol engines will likely be offered, with electrification being another possibility. Expect lightweight materials to be incorporated in its design as well, including carbon-fibre and aluminium.