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New CBU Z4 Roadster Launched in India

Heads up, BMW enthusiasts — a new Bimmer roadster has entered the fray. BMW has introduced a new Z4 roadster as a CBU option for fans of the brand. What does this new roadster have to offer, and will it be available for international drivers?

A CBU Roadsters

Pictured: Dr. Hans-Christian Baertels, President BMW Group India

All cars in India have one of two designations — CBU or CKD. CBU stands for Completely Built Units. In this case, it means that the vehicles are shipped to India fully assembled, and the government charges an additional 120 percent on top of the price of the car.

CKD, on the other hand, stands for Completely Knocked Down. These vehicles arrive in the country in pieces and need to be assembled on site. It costs importers an additional 60 percent to bring these components in, but having in-country assembly plants helps to promote the “Make in India” movement, encouraging more manufacturers to set up a local shop instead of just shipping their wears in from other countries.

The new Z4 Roadster is delivered as a CBU, meaning that it will cost quite a bit more for Indian BMW fans even though BMW does have a local plant in Chennai, India which celebrated it’s 12th anniversary this year.

Specs and Color Options

Don’t expect to get a hard-top with this new roadster. The new CBU Z4 only comes with a convertible top and embodies the Bimmer roadster in it’s most real form.

It sports the iconic roadster silhouette, with a long hood, a kidney grill, and vertically aligned headlights. It has extra air intakes in the front end and a smooth rear lateral design that perfectly compliments the wing attached to the rear-end.

The interior is entirely focused on simplicity and functionality. The cockpit is oriented around the driver, and he or she can adjust everything to their preferences and save those settings in the car’s onboard computer. You’ll never have to worry about readjusting the seat or the mirrors manually more than once with this fantastic little car.

You’ve got plenty of options if a cherry red roadster doesn’t appeal to you. In addition to red, the vehicle is available in Alpine White, Mediterranean Blue, Black Sapphire, Mineral White, and Glacial Silver. The M40i version also comes in Frozen Grey II or Missano Blue.

The interior comes in standard black, but you can opt for white, or black with magma red or congac decor stitching.

The Future of BMW India

We’ve got no news yet on whether this new CBU roadster will be available for anyone interested outside of India, but chances are you can probably find someone willing to sell — if you’re willing to pay for international freight shipping to bring it home.

This roadster may become a CDK option in the future, but for the moment anyone interested in adding one of these Z4’s to their collection will be paying extra for the privilege. As of April 9th, these new roadsters are available at BMW dealers across India with the base model costing Rs 64.90 lakh (6.49 million Indian Rupees or roughly USD 93,839) and the M40i coming in at Rs 78.90 lakh (7.89 million Indian Rupees or USD 114,082).

We’ll keep a close eye on these new Z4’s and let you know if they become available internationally.

Say Goodbye to BMW’s 3-Series Gran Turismo

BMW 340i GT M Sport Estorilblau

“It’s hideous, kill it with fire!”

This is a phrase you might find yourself using all too often in reference to the latest crossover, XUV or SAV that the world’s automakers roll out. It would certainly be an appropriate reaction to BMW’s ungainly-proportioned 3-Series GT, and it seems BMW has come to realize this because the GT will not receive a redesign after its current iteration.

For a brand that fervently seeks out and fills even the smallest of niches, the GT’s elimination is BMW admitting that sometimes you just can’t create a niche where there was only a dream before.

Be Sensible, BMW!

BMW’s top brass claims that there is still market demand for the 3er GT even though sales numbers have been presumably weak. It’s impossible to know just how few of the GTs are sold from BMW’s own market data because they roll that number up into the total count of 3-series sedans sold. Can we speak plainly for a moment? If this car was printing money, it would not be getting the axe.

It’s not as though this is going to break BMW. If there’s a vehicle out there that can print money it’s a 3-series, but even Bavaria’s original recipe is struggling to keep pace with the popular and more traditional X3 and X5 (and X1 and X1, and X7…) SUVs.

Add to that that the lower-riding 3-series variants already include a sedan, wagon and “Gran Coupe” and you can see where customers are going to suffer from Cheesecake Factory syndrome. More choices is not always a good thing, and BMW has spent decades perfecting the honest sedan.

A Face for Radio

BMW 330i GT Luxury Arktikgrau

If you know the BMW lineup fairly well, you’ll recall that there are “high coupe” variants of several X models. These crossovers can do everything a 3-series GT can but more importantly, they’re not nearly as ugly.

The 3 is the second attempt by BMW to fashion a high-beltline station-wagon-chimera out of its most popular model, if you’ve still got your sight after clapping eyes on the 5-series GT, you might just want to skip this one.

Don’t be mistaken, there’s plenty to be said for practicality and a form-follows-function approach to car design, look at Subaru. But with so much internal competition, you have to ask why? And now BMW has.

The Next Generation of 3-Series

Bimmerphiles will know the latest coming of the 3er by its G20 body code, and there will be no G20 iteration of the GT.

This is a critical time for BMW which has been criticized as moving away from their sporting heritage in an attempt to capture market share from Mercedes and Audi by offering a less communicative driving experience and a more cushy, amenity-rich interior.

The G20 has a challenging mission in rescuing the brand from dilution and restoring BMW’s sporting name without offending customers who want luxury.

That means that there’s no room for low-volume models. All the development money needs to hit home on the core product lineup which has, admittedly, swollen to a size that should not need help from any more flavors of 3-series.

So if you’ve got a 3-series GT and you love it, good for you. Hold on to it. Maybe it will become a novelty item like the Pontiac Aztek and ten years from now people will be picking through auction lots for them. If you don’t have one and you want one, you had better act fast!

8 BMW Online Influencers You Need To Know

In the digital age where all the girls think they are Instagram models and all the guys are up and coming SoundCloud rappers being “slept on,” social media can be a pretty rough place to be forced to scroll through.

I mean what else are you going to do? Read a book? Hell no!

Let me introduce you some of the most influential gear heads in the world.

BMW Knowledge Leaders

AutoExpertTV

While his channel is not exclusive to BMW’s, John Cadogan, is a great guy to check to learn more about bimmers. Some of my personal favorites of his are about BMW inventing a CT scanner and the best German Car for $50k.

He has a unique way of relaying his thoughts and is definitely worth a watch!

Kevin Haskell

Who better to teach you about BMW than the former CEO of BMW himself? Kevin Haskell is extremely well-renowned globally for spearheading the success of multiple different brands including Porsche.

He now is a speaker that gives practical and inspiring lessons about driving success in businesses.

BMW Instagram Accounts to Follow

These aren’t just any gearheads either, these are born, bred and 93 octane fed bimmer enthusiasts. I will provide a trigger warning for you that some of these guys and girls have a much nicer car than you. So don’t be jealous, and give them a follow!

@darkknightm4 – Instagram

The man behind this beauty is Jake hailing out of West Chester, PA,

A car having over 150k followers with an engagement rate north of 3.5% is no easy feat.

With a name like Dark Knight, it’s only appropriate that Jake’s car is a pristine matte black. Although Bruce Wayne isn’t driving this Batmobile, it’s a pretty sweet ride.

If you’re tired of just looking at pictures, check out what she sounds like after leaving the bat cave here.

@bmwcoool – Instagram

K Mailk has been one of my personal favorite follows. The aesthetics he creates for the pictures on his account are so carefully thought out.

Start scrolling through his feed and you’ll get submerged into an urban Norway atmosphere, with his beautiful assortment of BMW’s that he and his buddies drive together.

@bmwfinest – Instagram

If you’re looking for less of a personal feel to an account, bmwfinest is the place for you. They accept submissions of people’s BMW’s from all over the world!

From M4’s cruising down the Vegas Strip to X5’s exploring the Alps, this account has it all!

BMW Blogs To Read

Bimmerpost

The biggest selling point to Bimmerpost is the fact you can choose news and forums to be separated by what BMW model it relates to.

You name a model and Bimmerpost has something to read about it.

If you don’t want to be specific to a model, choose the BMW series you’re most interested in! The possibilities and news are seemingly endless.

BimmerBoost

Bimmer Boost is more geared towards performance upgrades for your whip. They do a great job of compiling breakdowns of what performance parts (turbo, tires, tuners, etc) are best for BMW’s and how it effects how your baby will drive.

The site leans more to track enthusiasts so if you’re a casual BMW driver this may not be the site for you.

Yes, that was a challenge to check it out for yourself or follow them on Twitter.

Bimmertech

Bimmertech is about….you guessed it BMW technology! Their blog will keep you up to date with the latest OEM parts that BMW offers.

You’ll be able to learn about parts you never could have imagined are available.

See something you may be interested in? Just pop over to their shop page and see if it’s available for your model!

If all that isn’t enough to get you excited about Bimmers, follow Bimmer Forums for the best auto updates, car stories, insider tips, and the latest BMW news!