BMW Z4 diesel not ruled out
27 May 2009
BMW is refusing to rule out the first ever diesel version of its Z4 roadster.
The new model launched this month with a choice of three petrol engines, but BMW will be eyeing the fortunes of Audi's diesel TT.
"We obviously always consider our options, and a diesel might well appeal in the UK market," said David Tuckett, Z4 product manager. "However, BMW is a global company and we have to consider the wider market when looking at introducing new derivatives."
The stumbling block for a diesel Z4 could be the lack of appetite in America, which accounts for 35% of Z4 sales.
Tuckett also confirmed that there won't be a Z4 coupe derivative, thanks to the new model being equipped with a folding metal roof rather than the previous version's cloth top.