Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. A hairdresser’s car? A worthy alternative to the Porsche Boxster? The savior of BMW’s sports cars in a time when that market is declining? A Toyota Supra? The 2019 BMW Z4 M40i could be all of those—and maybe a bit more than people will give it credit for. (Full Disclosure: BMW needed me to drive the new 8 Series and Z4 so badly it flew me all the way to Portugal and paid for my food and booze.) It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for the replacement for the E89 Z4. Thanks to the much-hyped (over-hyped at this point, I’d argue) partnership with Toyota to co-develop the new Supra, the anticipation for the Z4 has been much higher than you’d normally expect. The folks here at Jalopnik have been dutifully reporting on the crazy rumors surrounding this new sports car since 2012, if you can believe it. (Remember when it was supposed to be a hybrid replacement for the LFA?) It’s a lot of excitement for the Z4, which to be fair hasn’t really been on many enthusiasts’ radars since Clive Owen was racing the devil through Las Vegas in them. Hell, the last of the Z line I was really excited about was the Z3M Coupe—and that was 20 years ago. Did BMW have the magic to make this thing relevant again? To find out, I went to the M850i press launch in Portugal, where BMW also… [Read full story]
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