BMW builds last Z4 at Spartanburg plant
Production of the upcoming Z4 is expected to return to Germany, and will begin in time for the car to hit the streets in 2009 as a 2010 model. The Spartanburg plant won't go idle, however, as it's expected to pick up with production of the next-generation X3 and the X6, which are stronger sellers in the U.S.
Bobby Hitt, a BMW manufacturing spokesman, told local news source GreenvilleOnline, “It’s been a great car for the plant, [but] in the life of a plant, new models are what drives the energy.”
“It’s exciting to build cars with a strong order bank, that people want,” Hitt said.
The new production at the plant is driving a $750 million expansion, adding a 1.2 million square-foot assembly site and upgrading the paint shop. Already construction of the expanded facilities are underway, with full-scale production expected to begin in 2009.
The next-generation Z4 roadster and coupe are expected to grow in size and performance, with the top-end M Roadster to get as much as 350hp (261kW) from a twin-turbo inline six-cylinder powerplant. Entry level cars will start with just four cylinders in Europe, but all U.S. models are expected to be six-cylinder cars. For more information on the upcoming Z4, plus spy shots of the car in testing, read our story here.