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BMW Z4 manual confirmed for Australia – will the Supra follow suit?

The odds of a three-pedal Toyota Supra just got better, with BMW adding a manual option to the base Z4 sDrive20i in Europe. Although Toyota has hinted at the existence of a three-pedal Supra, the cars revealed have been auto-only. We knew a manual development car existed – Toyota confirmed as much last year – but seeing the A90's BMW twin enter the market with the transmission raises hopes for the Supra, too...

CarAdvice podcast 153: 2019 RAV4, 911 Speedster reviews

This week Scott Collie and Mike Costello are on the panel. In car news, it appears a BMW Z4 M is off the cards, Volvo Australia is working on capped-priced servicing, Mazda is preparing inline-six petrol and diesel engines, and a Hyundai N EV sports car is coming with thanks to a Rimac partnership...

BMW Z4 M: Small car, big engine struggles make hotter roadster unlikely

The cost of slotting a full-fat M engine into the new BMW Z4 has killed dreams of a followup to the Bangle-designed Z4 M. Offered as a coupe or hardtop, the original (and only) Z4 M drew on the 3.2-litre inline-six from the E46 M3. Markus Flasch, head of BMW M, says the new model would need to share its engine with the upcoming G20 M3, which would be too expensive...

CarAdvice podcast 152: Taking a ride in the 2019 Mazda 3 hatch

This week Mandy Turner is in Sydney with Curt Dupriez and Sam Purcell for the hatchback mega test! A bonus podcast is available below this article or on your podcast apps. In car news, the Honda Civic Type R has broken a Bathurst record, 2019 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specs have been released, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been introduced by Toyota in Australia, and Lamborghini has restored the Muira from The Italian Job...

2019 BMW Z4 pricing and specs

BMW has announced pricing and specifications for its twin-under-the-skin to the Toyota Supra, the Z4, ahead of its April arrival in local showrooms. The three-pronged Z4 range will start with the sDrive20i, priced from $84,900 before on-road costs. Power comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine making 145kW and 320Nm, mated exclusively to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission...

BMW: 'No inspiration from previous model' for new Z4

Michael Wimbeck – project manager for the new BMW Z4 – was unequivocal when asked whether the previous model had provided any inspiration for the new roadster: "No, we didn't take any inspiration from the previous model," he said. Co-developed with Toyota, the plan, according to BMW engineers, is that Toyota will offer the Supra only as a coupe, while BMW will offer the Z4 only as a roadster...

Without BMW there would be no Supra - Toyota

Despite carrying serious brand cachet, the new BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra wouldn't exist if the brands didn't collaborate on development of their respective models. Speaking to media at the first drive of the 2019 Toyota Supra, assistant chief engineer Masayuki Kai told journalists that it's a sad reality that in today's day and age, sports cars need co-development to make business sense...

2019 BMW Z4: Full range revealed

BMW has revealed the upcoming Z4 range in its entirety, ahead of an in-the-metal debut at the Paris motor show next month. REVIEW: Check out our first drive of a Z4 M40i prototype Along with the range-topping Z4 M40i, the soft-top BMW will be offered in sDrive20i and sDrive30i guises. Both are powered by 2...

2019 BMW Z4 officially revealed

The 2019 BMW Z4 has been officially unveiled ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, after countless teasers, spy photos and leaks. Sitting atop the range is the Z4 M40i, powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six making 250kW (although non-Euro cars will offer up to 285kW because of differing emissions rules) and 500Nm, for a claimed 4...

2019 BMW Z4 M40i leaked in full

After leaking in a set of poorly-lit, awkwardly cropped pictures earlier this week, the BMW Z4 M40i has been outed in full. Unsurprisingly it looks just like the world expected, albeit with slightly toned-down detailing over the show car launched at Pebble Beach last year. The pictures, leaked on Belgian automotive website autotijd...

2019 BMW Z4 M40i leaked

The 2019 BMW Z4 has been leaked online, revealing production looks in keeping with those of the Concept Z4 that preceded it. These photos, shared on Bimmerpost, reveal it looks very similar to the concept preceding it, albeit with a few small changes. Up front, the chrome-detailed grille of the show car has been replaced with a gloss black unit, while the flowing front splitter has been traded for a slightly chunkier setup...