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Is The 2019 BMW Z4 Super Sexy Or A Giant Misfire?

Photo: Raphael Orlove / Jalopnik
Photo: Raphael Orlove / Jalopnik

The 2019 BMW Z4 had the unfortunate luck of images leaking at least three times, which means most people had already formed their opinion of its new design direction before the car was even revealed. But now it’s here, so does it look good or did BMW overdo it?

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Back in June, we caught our first real glimpse of the new production Z4 with leaked patent drawings, and you commenters really tore it a new one when real photos of the car leaked on Bimmersport earlier this month. But now it’s actually here, so let’s take a look and reevaluate what BMW has done here.

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Most people are making a big deal about two things. The first is that BMW has vertically stacked the iconic BMW double headlight motif, which pushes the headlights both higher and deeper into the hood. The second is the kidney grilles, which don’t have vertical, solid slats. Motor Trend compared the new kidneys to the Kia Stinger’s look, which is probably good for the Kia, bad for the BMW.

The concept, in case you need it.
The concept, in case you need it.

But, while the car is a softer, rounder result of the concept that previewed it, it’s still proportioned well, it stands out from the rest of the BMW lineup, and it even reflects the sportier approach BMW claims to be going with it. It’s just upsetting that it’s not yet clear whether or not a manual will be offered.

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So, all that said, I don’t think it’s exactly pretty, and it is a little bulgy, but I like that it still kind of looks weird, as the other Z cars have, and I really like that it’s still orange.

Did BMW nail it?

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DISCUSSION

pgeorge
Patrick George

I like. It’s not classically beautiful, but above all else I’m happy it exists.

Remember that the sports car market, especially in the U.S., one of its historic strongholds, is dwindling. Each passing year sees fewer and fewer coupes and roadsters, especially pure two-seat ones. Hell, even people from BMW have openly admitted the sports car market is on the decline. It feels like the future of the performance car is overpowered but overweight track-ready crossovers, as if anyone’s actually going to use them for that.

In spite of this, BMW saw fit to give us this, and the new 8 Series, which is a different animal but also not destined to be the kind of volume-seller the X3 will be. They’re still turning out fun and interesting niche cars with two doors. I’m thrilled and pleasantly surprised that both are happening.

Also, it gave us a new Toyota Supra! That makes it okay in my book.