As promised, I bought the Norev 1/18 BMW Z4 M40i (G29) and have taken plenty of pictures.
Norev seems to be on a roll this year compared to everyone else. Although AutoArt and Minichamps have been producing excellent models, it seems like Norev has been consistently launching the newest and greatest from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and even Audi. Starting with the F90 and G15, they’ve also undertaken the task of producing the G29 Z4, the G20 3-Series, the G05 X5, and G07 X7. This is the first of the newest bunch of roundel-clad dealer edition models to come from Norev.
It’s a delicious San Francisco Red over Oyster model with black M-Performance wheels with the top down as you can see. This was one of the early press car combinations of the current Z4. You might also know that this is the car that Toyota used to develop their new A90 Supra, hence the title.
As for the model itself, I’m very happy with it. It’s everything I expected from Norev for such a small car.
The metallic San Francisco Red paint is certainly vibrant, if not a little difficult to get a good picture of.
I secretly wish it had the gray wheels, but I won’t complain. It certainly looks very sporty compared to the rest of the non-M BMW lineup.
As with all but the M5, the Z4 has a sealed trunk to preserve the lines of the gorgeous taillights. The large M40i badge reminds you that you worked hard enough to skip over the sDrive30i.
Although the jury’s still out on design, I think the Z4 looks excellent; even better than the E89.
As sad as I am to see a sealed trunk, it does have an exquisitely detailed rear.
There are plenty of details around the car to help you forget the sealed trunk quickly. The B58 is well detailed, but that’s just about it under the hood.
The badging on this one seems of better quality than the ones on my M850i, which is nice.
The interior looks sumptuous with its light colored seats and sporty dashboard and console.
It does, however, only fit two at most. If you’re reading this Noodles, you’d best look to the 330i M-Sport to fit all your backyard frogs.
Moving behind the seats, we find the wind deflector as a single piece of solid clear plastic with the netting painted on.
The headlights are nicely detailed, but look absolutely gorgeous when fully illuminated on the real car.
In case you confused it with the GR Supra from a lack of M badging elsewhere.
I genuinely believe Norev has another hit on their hands with this Z4. I couldn’t be happier to see them producing so many nice German models at this rate. I’m looking forward to what the future holds for them.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this car to everyone. Although we don’t have a Supra to compare it to for the time being, this Z4 is a neat little addition to any collection.