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      04-10-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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Breaking news: 2009 BMW Z4 to have a hard and soft top

We have just learned that the upcoming BMW Z4 will have both options: soft and hardtop. The source is absolutely credible, so no reason to doubt that

I'm not sure if the moderator will remove the link, but here is the article

http://www.bmwblog.com/2008/04/10/yo...nd-a-soft-top/


Personally, I prefer the hardtop, but just because I live in the Midwest, so pretty much our winters last for 6 months
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      04-10-2008, 06:37 PM   #2
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wrong link, sorry. Fixed now
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11k rev sounds interesting.. QT setup is hot too... im not sure i even read anything about soft or hard top in the article... the rev and quad turbos kept me distracted
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sorry, that was the news yesterday If anyone wants to open a separate topic for that, it would great. I don't wanna post links to our blog, so we won't get blamed for spam.
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      04-10-2008, 10:37 PM   #5
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11k rev sounds interesting.. QT setup is hot too... im not sure i even read anything about soft or hard top in the article... the rev and quad turbos kept me distracted
wtf did this come from?
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      04-10-2008, 11:21 PM   #6
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wtf did this come from?
I guess he's referring to the originally mislinked article.

Hard top and soft top option? I don't know how I feel about this... I think the people that want the performance would prefer the fixed coupe top anyway, those who want the convertible obviously care less about performance so why not just make it up to date and metal? Yeah it will weigh a little more but wouldn't it also be more rigid and hence provide better performance with the top up compared to a soft top??
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I guess he's referring to the originally mislinked article.

Hard top and soft top option? I don't know how I feel about this... I think the people that want the performance would prefer the fixed coupe top anyway, those who want the convertible obviously care less about performance so why not just make it up to date and metal? Yeah it will weigh a little more but wouldn't it also be more rigid and hence provide better performance with the top up compared to a soft top??
refering to this:

http://www.bmwblog.com/2008/04/09/ru...-turbo-engine/
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I guess he's referring to the originally mislinked article.

Hard top and soft top option? I don't know how I feel about this... I think the people that want the performance would prefer the fixed coupe top anyway, those who want the convertible obviously care less about performance so why not just make it up to date and metal? Yeah it will weigh a little more but wouldn't it also be more rigid and hence provide better performance with the top up compared to a soft top??
I think the move is smart on BMW's part. Gives the buyers more choice.

Now BMW can satisfy those that are all about performance (coupe), those that want a droptop but they don't want too much added weight (softop), and those that just want the car for the droptop and not so much about the performance (hardtop).
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to the OP... dont u think its a bit biased to put a poll "which is better, 335, s5, g37" on a BMW enthusiast website? i mean, that defeats the purpose entirely.
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I'm really happy to hear this (if it's true). I love my soft top and would never want a hard top. The soft top is light, insulates well, takes up very little room when open so that you have lots of space in the trunk, and it comes down FAST. I really don't want to have to pull over by the side of the road waiting for the hard top to fold in.

Was disappointed to hear about switching to the hardtop originally, but this new news is happy-making!
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      04-11-2008, 10:50 PM   #11
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to the OP... dont u think its a bit biased to put a poll "which is better, 335, s5, g37" on a BMW enthusiast website? i mean, that defeats the purpose entirely.
We don't think it was biased. It was just an article where we tried to compare some, sort of, similar cars, or at least, some of the most popular cars from their brands.

If I remember right, we mentioned several times in our articles that we truly love the Audi's interior in compare to BMW, but we love the bimmer handling.

Plus, polls and comparing articles are always fun, especially since it gets people to express their opinion.

Anyway, we try our best to write some interesting articles, sometimes we are successful, other times, maybe not so much, but so far, I think we do an OK job
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Hard top or soft i think the good news is they're going to be built in Germany, Euro delivery in a roadster should be great in spring/summer.

Probably will be next car i get.
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