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Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

BMW Z4 M40i gets a power boost for 2020

The BMW Z4 M40i will get a power boost for 2020, and a significant performance improvement to go with it. The range-topping BMW Z4 currently shares its turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine with the Toyota Supra, along with its claimed 250kW and 500Nm outputs...

Car News Daily: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

SsangYong Korando, BMW Z4 score five-star Euro NCAP ratings

Euro NCAP has released its latest round of safety ratings this week, with several upcoming models bound for Australia scoring five-star ratings – including the SsangYong Korando and BMW Z4. The Korando is the first model from SsangYong to get a five-star rating, with AEB as standard across the range in Europe...

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...