Production of the final BMW Z4 of the current generation was just finished last Thursday at BMW’s Spartanburg manufacturing plant in North Carolina. This event represents the completion of an era for the facility that has built more than 200,000 Z4s in the last seven years.
The next generation BMW Z4’s debut is expected at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which will take place in November, but it may be unveiled as a concept version at first. A large range of engines will continue to be offered by BMW, including the twin-turbo 3.0-liter from the BMW 335i. The BMW Z4 M is set to get the new 4.0 liter V8 from the BMW M3, but rumors are going around about a diesel as well.
Now production for the new model has been moved to Germany. The Spartanburg plant is currently expanding its paint shop and adding a 1.2 million square foot assembly facility, which will cost $750,000,000. Thus, the BMW X5, BMW X6 and the next generation BMW X3 will be assembled at the new plant.
BMW manufacturing spokesman Bobby Hitt, when talking about the facility’s future plans, declared that the BMW Z4 has been a great car for the Spartanburg plant, but the model doesn’t define them, even though the model put them on the map.