First 'street' pictures of the new BMW Z4 are here. Even though the car was seen in the metal at the NAIAS, live road shots paint a somewhat different picture away from flashing cameras and pretty ladies.

The 2010 BMW Z4 was revealed at the 2009 NAIAS yes. What we have here are pictures taken after those events. They show the Z4 in a ‘real life' environment, that is after the glitz and glam of Detroit. This is what it looks like driving on a real street with no fancy lights or photographers who ‘dress' these cars up for official shoots.

Facts and figures for the two-seater sports car are out there but a quick recap would be good. The range-topping Z4 sDrive35i boasts BMW's award-winning 3.0-litre twin turbo petrol engine worth 225kW (306hp) and 400Nm. A step beneath is the Z4 sDrive30i with 258hp (192kW) from its 3.0-litre engine with 310Nm of torque. Lastly we have the Z4 sDrive23i that pushes out 204hp (150kW) and 250Nm. Expected at a later stage is the Z4 M which will utilise the talents provided by the M3's 309kW (420hp) 4.0-litre V8. Customers can choose between the 6-speed manual or the new Double Clutch Transmission system for the sDrive35i.

For the first time in the model's history the Z4 comes with a hard top instead of the more traditional canvass for its roof. It opens or closes in 20 seconds. Most countries receiving the new hard-top Z4 Convertible will have it delivered to them by mid-2009.


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