2019 BMW Z4 Unveiled: A Fun Toy(ota)

BMW has finally released official images of the upcoming Z4 roadster. The ‘proper’ unveiling is set for Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at the end of the month, but in an effort to get ahead of leaked spy pics, they’ve released these pictures.

Offering few variations from the concept, the slightly-tweaked production model boasts an interior full of weight-adding tech, one of the biggest must-haves for those looking for a small droptop to toss around sunlit streets.

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Volvo Show their (Rear) Bias

Front-wheel drive is boring. So goes the perception. Having the wheels supplying the power as the same wheels that control direction is an inherent compromise that sacrifices speed for turning ability (or vice versa.)

I can’t say this is an unfair argument. Take a roundabout in an RWD car than an FWD drive one, especially after some heavy rain, and the one that left you smiling more is the winner. Dollars to donuts that it’s the one that pushes that beats the one that pulls.

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Subaru Recalls, Replaces Ascents

Recalls can have a devastating effect on manufacturers. Wide coverage of an existing issue can create real problems with brand perception, be it Toyota’s unintended acceleration, or pretty much anything Fiat/Chrysler.

Unlike in the tech world, however, where products can hit the market with glaring issues later addressed by patches, the car world doesn’t have the same luxury. You’re not going to download a new back bumper for the Tesla Model 3 that was just delivered.

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Caddy Sticks to the CTs and XTs

Recent patent filings show that Cadillac plans on sticking with their current naming scheme. The current nomenclature was introduced by since-departed CEO Johan de Nysschen.

de Nysschen was the same brain-genius behind Infiniti’s Q and QX nameplates, a methodology he brought to Manhatten’s (nee Michigan) premier auto manufacturer, in the guise of the CT and XT signifiers, representing sedans and crossovers respectively (run on sentence, what.)

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Jaguar Land Rover to Drop the V8

The traditional icon of Indian automotive heritage, Jaguar (and corporate sibling under Tata Motors, Land Rover) will be phasing out V8 engines for future vehicles.

Reports have Jag revamping their entire line-up through 2024, with a focus on an all-new inline-six and inline-three on the way. Electric turbochargers will be bolted on, ensuring maximum power with minimum fuel consumption. These engines will presumably each have different tunings based on the application.

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BMW 3 Series GT to GTFO

BMW has gotten ridiculous with their product offerings. They took their cue from Mercedes offensive ‘four-door coupe’ lead and introduced a reckless number of variants to flood their lineup.

Whether it’s renaming the 3 Series coupe as the 4 Series (because it has, uh,  four doors?) to offering a Gran Coupe version of the 4 Series that turns it back into a sedan (the first person to say four-door coupe gets a smack across their filthy mouth.)

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