This really shouldn't even be up for debate.
It was only a few months ago when we learned that BMW was not planning to launch a full-on M version of its upcoming Z4 roadster. As of this writing, the current range-topper will be the Z4 M40i. Although it's still too early to know exact output, sources have indicated its 3.0-liter turbocharged engine could squeeze out as much as 385 hp. Obviously there'll be lower trim Z4s, beginning with the base s20i and its expected 2.0-liter four-cylinder with around 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.
But there's still talk among some enthusiasts and devoted BMW customers of the desire for that Z4 M. Has BMW been listening? According to Autocar, the answer is yes, but to what extent is still unknown. M division vice president Dirk Hacker recently told the publication that the door hasn't been fully closed just yet. "We have been very pleasantly surprised by the feedback for the concept," he said. "The appetite for an emotional driving experience is very strong. There is no announcement on a Z4 M yet but fast versions of the car look interesting." The fast version he's hopefully referring to is the Z4 M, but at the very least that feedback has given the suits in Munich something to reconsider.
There also hasn't been a full-on M version of the Z4 since 2006, so perhaps with the upcoming third-generation model it's time for a true high-performance revival. Keep our fingers crossed. In any case, the production-spec new Z4 is due to arrive sometime later this year.