This isn’t much of a Photo for Saturday** more of blue car by the side of the road. What is it?
It’s a very Was Then sort of car. From 2006 to 2008 BMW made this car in Regensburg. It’s a variant of the E85 Z4 which had a longer life. The Z4M had one engine, a 3.2 litre six cylinder unit and a six speed ‘box. In some ways you could call it an M3 wearing Z4 clothes. If you want a historical reference, it has the same relation to the Z4 as the Triumph GT6 to the mainstream Spitfire. It’s the kind of car that used to be quite common, a pure sports car which is now rather a freak.
Audi make a faux version of this and Porsche make the Cayman which I have to say is to sports cars what a Ford Mondeo and Opel Insignia is to saloons, one of the last men standing. Attention is now elsewhere.
When I saw it I thought it looked like something I hadn’t seen for a while. It’s actually something I haven’t seen very much of at all and I thrashed about the Internet looking for its correct identity.
Wouldn’t you rather a Honda S2000? I think I would. Whatever I think, this is simply ideal material for a classic car article in 2028: “BMW’s forgotten masterpiece,” or some such.
**which is why it’s here on Saturday not Sunday. There’s another photo of the car which is a better candidate for a Sunday photo.
^^amended following comments, Jan 14 2017.