The BMW Z4 enters a 3rd full mannequin technology this yr, getting decrease, wider, sooner and better-equipped than any of its predecessors.
However is the newest model, which switches again to a cloth-top hood from the folding steel roof of the final Z4, and is available in BMW's M Efficiency-branded kind in addition, lastly the driving force's automobile to essentially problem the perennially sensible Porsche 718 Boxster S?
On paper, BMW's two-seater sports activities automobile has a lot going for it, together with two further cylinders. The three.Zero-litre engine produces 340bhp and 369lb of torque in range-topping M40i guise, and in response to BMW, is three seconds sooner across the Nordschleife than an M2.
Does it ship a Porsche-beating expertise in the true world - and does it do justice to the lengthy lineage of front-engine, rear-drive Z automobiles? Matt Saunders took to Lisbon's greatest roads to seek out out.
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