2019 BMW Z4 M40i Announced, Promises To Be A “Purebred Roadster”

BMW has released the first pictures and video of the 2019 Z4 Roadster.

Previewed by last year’s Z4 concept, the production model is currently undergoing final testing and BMW says the roadster will “soon go out on public roads.” The company also promised the car will be instantly recognizable as a “purebred roadster” as it features a long hood, short overhangs, a low center of gravity and a traditional soft top.

A closer examination of the photos reveals the range-topping Z4 M40i will have an aggressive front bumper and a distinctive grille featuring Y-shaped inserts. Moving further back, we can see a rakish windscreen and front fender vents. Designers also installed slender taillights, a dual exhaust system and a ventilated rear fascia.

BMW was tight-lipped on specifics but confirmed the Z4 M40i will feature a new six-cylinder engine which is “extremely powerful.” The company declined to mention numbers but previous reports have suggested the model will use a twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine that develops around 385 PS (283 kW / 380 hp).

Regardless of the engine’s final rating, BMW confirmed the Z4 M40i will come equipped with a lowered sports suspension that has electronically controlled dampers. The car will also have a new front axle, a high-performance braking system and a locking rear differential. Other highlights include lightweight alloy wheels with mixed tires.

The automaker was coy on additional information but said testing has revealed the new Z4 will offer a “tangible increase in sporty flair.” In particular, the company says the model will be more agile and precise while still remaining comfortable.

According to BMW suspension guru Jos van As, “The vehicle concept of the new BMW Z4 is geared consistently towards agility and driving dynamics. The high level of body stiffness and the very rigid suspension attachment provide the perfect basis for a set-up that guarantees the performance qualities of a genuine sports car in terms of steering precision as well as longitudinal and transverse acceleration.”

BMW declined to say when the Z4 will be unveiled but previous reports have suggested the car could be introduced this summer. It should then make an appearance at the Paris Motor Show in the fall.

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  • Yobobjm

    Not to sound cliche but, will it come in manual? 385HP convertible manual roadster sounds really nice, and I don’t even like BMWs

    • Dennis James

      And if it doesn’t have leaf springs, I’ll pass !

    • Mill0048

      Car and Driver was reporting no manual will be offered. BMW officials cited low-take rates on the manuals and the low production volume didn’t help either. That’s also why they co-developed the car with Toyota’s Supra in exchange for their Hybrid tech.

  • chrisrybacki

    If it does not have a short throw manual as an option it’s garbage

  • klowik

    so, after all these years, BMW still hasn’t got a real roadster?? so when will they finally produce one? I suppose there will be another purebred one after this.

    • Dennis James

      So what is a real roadster ? Is this one fake ?

  • Bo Hanan

    Pay close attention to that engine. It will be in the new Supra.

  • Salih Ahzem

    Part of being a “purebred roadster” is to keep it simple and fun.

  • SteersUright

    Sounds like the Supra and Z4 will be true twins outside of exterior styling. Hopefully there’s enough differentiation between the two and Toyota can reach their lofty goal of making a better sports car than Porsche (damn near impossible for Toyota, in my opinion).

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Without true M roadster its never be purebred. And dont touch our kidney grill. bring back vertical stick in kidneys

  • Christian Wimmer

    I live in Munich and I’ve seen a handful of these Z4 prototypes around. Even under all that camouflage they appear quite massive.

  • Saviola Seyrenia

    still bother to camoed it? i’m sick and tired of it, bmw.

  • iea96

    That honeycomb pattern in the kidney grille looks absolutely ridiculous.

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