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5 Tuned and Ready Z4s

BMW's popular two-seater has been the focus for many tuning firms. We've chosen just a few that stood out from the rest.

As the successor to the MX-5 fighting Z3, the BMW Z4 is considered a major improvement over its predecessor. First launched in 2002, the E85 Z4's shark-like styling was somewhat controversial but was generally well received. And by the time the E89 Z4 was revealed in 2009, BMW had mastered the design, with the recently facelifted model ranking as a truly beautiful car. Like so many other models from BMW, it's been the focus of many aftermarket tuning firms. And the following Z4s have been given a dose of added style and personality.

Japanese tuning outfit Rowen created the White Wolf Edition Z4. It features plenty of carbon fiber and race car-like styling thanks to its new body kit, which consists of a carbon-fiber front apron with splitter, daytime running LEDs, redesigned side skirts and titanium exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumper. Also included are a carbon-fiber rear wing and a lowered suspension. Larger wheels were also added for a more aggressive look. It's certainly a unique look that won't be to everyone's tastes.

First shown at the 2011 Essen Motor Show, German supercar magazine Anabolicar created its own unique Z4 tuning package compete with reptile-like skin. Starting off with a Z4 equipped with the M performance package that adds a lowered M-chassis, 19-inch rims and M interior with sport seats, green reptile skin paint by KK-Cocoon was applied to the hood, roof and trunk. Light green paint was used along the sides. The overall look has sort of a love-or-hate-it outcome. Other enhancements include a KW coil-over suspension and an Eisenmann exhaust system. The package is completed with a set of black OZ Racing alloys.

JM Car Design also took a crack at the Z4 by giving it some updated styling without deviating too far from its natural appearance. No changes took place under the hood but it was given an adjustable KW coilover suspension system for improved handling. Styling changes included a modified front bumper and grille, widened wheelbase, new side skirts with special air vents to cool the brakes, a rear apron, and LED lights around the door handles. The package was finalized with a set of light metal wheel rims wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx high-performance tires and an Eisenmann exhaust.

German tuner Kelleners Sport took a very conservative approach to the Z4 sDrive35is by focusing mainly under the hood. The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder received a power boost from 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque to 400 hp and 398 lb-ft. The interior was treated to aluminum pedals with velour floor mats and a three-spoke sport steering wheel. There's also a variety of wood trim choices and buyers can opt for either 19- or 20-inch wheels with unique rims.

American tuning firm MWDesign took the stock Z4 and created a unique new look for it. Called the "White Flame", the exterior features an intermittent color block pinstripe theme that runs from the nose of the car, closely following the car's natural character lines. The interior receives some red/black sport striping. To give it a bit of a performance boost, the tuner added a new diffuser as well as a upgraded exhaust system which was powder coated in a ceramic-like finish.

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