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Rejoice! The BMW Z4 is back!

Just don’t call it a Toyota Supra convertible, though you probably could.

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The order was simple: A new Z4. BMW responded with a thoroughly modern Z4 that holds strong to the car’s lineage but infuses a proper amount of technology in its cabin to make it up to speed with what today’s customer is shopping for.

First displayed during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the coupe features a mesh variant of BMW’s signature kidney grille, which focuses the eye. A clamshell hood draws your stare up and over the wheel wells and down the side as sharp lines race backward to its squinty taillights and compressed trunk.

Driving dynamics take center stage with the central sitting position for the driver, low center of gravity, and 50:50 weight distribution each playing a large part. The Z4 has a driver-oriented cockpit.

The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition, the model that debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, has its own flavor, featuring a Frozen Orange Metallic paint job and an anthracite with silver electronically operated drop top. Its exterior also has the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, black exterior mirror caps, adaptive headlights, and 19-inch light alloy wheels with a two-tone, double spoke design.

Inside the special edition has Vernasca black leather trim, electrically adjustable seats with memory, a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, BMW Head-Up Display, and BMW Live Cockpit Professional with two high resolution digital displays.

The Z4 M40i First Edition Roadster is powered by an updated version of BMW’s 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that gets the model from zero to 60 mph in just under 4.4 seconds. The car has received BMW’s M tuned sports suspension with electronic damping, M Sport braking, and an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential.

Full Z4 model details and specifications will be announced mid-September. The 2019 BMW Z4 30i will arrive for sale in the U.S. in spring 2019 with the BMW Z4 M40i (including the First Edition) coming in the second quarter.

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Written by Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is the writer of the nationally syndicated column Automotive Minute in The Business Journals, which explores the automotive industry focusing on news, reviews, and interviews. She loves finding out about the business strategy, design, and drivability of vehicles. Eileen is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report Best Cars.

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