2019 BMW Z4 Roadster Unveiled, M40i Variant Packs 335 HP

Following an extraordinary number of leaks, BMW has finally taken the wraps off the all-new Z4.

Shown in M40i guise, the all-new roadster follows in the footsteps of last year’s concept and features a wide twin kidney grille with mesh inserts. Designers also gave the car large air intakes, sweptback headlights and a distinctive hood.

Moving further back, we can see a rakish windscreen and large front fender vents. Of course, one of the biggest changes is the return of the soft top which replaces the previous retractable hard top.

At the rear, the M40i has a ventilated rear bumper which resides above a dual exhaust system. The car also has slender taillights and a trunk with an integrated rear spoiler.

BMW didn’t say much about the interior, but we can see a digital instrument and a new three-spoke steering wheel. Other highlights include a large iDrive infotainment system, metallic trim and stainless pedals.

The Z4 M40i First Edition will feature an assortment of special equipment including a Frozen Orange metallic paint which echoes the color used on last year’s concept. The model will also have a black soft top, black mirror caps and BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line trim. Rounding out the exterior styling features are Adaptive LED headlights and 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels with a two-tone finish.

Inside, the special edition will have black Vernasca leather seats, ambient lighting and a Harman Kardon premium audio system. The model will also come equipped with a head-up display and the aforementioned digital instrument cluster.

BMW only released a handful of specifications, but the automaker confirmed the M40i will have a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS). It will enable the roadster to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds.

The car will also have an M Sport braking system and a sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers. Other highlights include a 50:50 weight distribution and an M Sport rear differential.

The Z4 will go on sale in the spring of 2019 and the company will release additional information about the model on September 19th.

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  • Dude

    Hmmmmmm….

    The interior is nice

    • PK

      that’s the only compliment i’ll give to this new bmw z4!

      • erly5

        I’ll second that!

      • Able

        You guys act like you’re curing cancer. Nobody cares, stfu.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          You first.
          I’d call you names but nobody cares like you said.
          SMH

        • javier

          you would look good in the cheesy red beemer convertible, lol

        • GobbleUp

          Child Please.

        • Bo Hanan

          LOL! Bitch!

    • ctk4949

      Those interior pics look fake??

      • Dude

        They might be renders. I only looked at them once and I’m too lazy on my phone to check again lol

    • Smith

      If not just a typical everyday BMW interior.

  • Adilos Nave

    They are competing with Toyota and Honda in having the most visually busy front fascia on the market. Really disappointed in this design. It’s so incredibly disjointed with no flow between elements. Kinks and angles with no need for them.

    • willhaven

      If you squint, it sort of looks like the Kia Stinger.

      • Хиллари сосет киску

        Oh, it does!

      • Smith

        And I would buy a Stringer 100 times over this piece ….

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      Here’s to hope the non M-sport version will be cleaner. Usually there are 2 bumpers.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Amen.
        Can’t believe for the first time the non-M version might look better??

      • Larry Qualls

        This is the M sport version! Ha

        • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

          That’s what I mean. I’ll wait for the non-M.

          • Larry Qualls

            Yeah, I’m sorry! I misread your comment.

      • Larry Qualls

        Did you like the concepts front clip, or was it too much for you as well?

    • Enter Ranting

      They’re really overcompensating, design-wise. It’s like they used a firehose to apply the “sporty” design elements.

  • Christian

    Now I can be quite on the site for some time or minutes…

  • Puddingpopper

    this looks like ass garbage

    • Хиллари сосет киску

      That’s the same phrase I was thinking too.

      • Puddingpopper

        Great minds!

    • Bo Hanan

      Hahahahahaha!

    • Larry Qualls

      I can’t get enough of this description. ….lololol
      I’m going to take that one with me.

  • Nazook

    Fiat Spider? Mercedes-AMG GT? Pile of burning excrement?

    • ErnieB

      SLK

  • Nazook
    • Larry Qualls

      Agreed!

    • Philip George

      You are so wrong. But that’s no surprise.

      • Smith

        No, you are so wrong, but that is no surprise either.

      • Nazook

        That’s rude.

    • Dude

      Definitely in the front. The new one is a little too aggressive.

    • Kagan

      but boring.

    • Mike anonymous

      I also liked the generation prior to the last as well. (Although it’s a little older now, it is still one of my favorite generations of the Z4).

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3abf87d05717fcf8c7e06a27193ac2c97acd401874d9ecf582a266fd068c0e0b.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/718710556a044536b08a7e771726b07d269b157f5bab5dbd492681f6e688ddb9.png

      I personally think the best parts about the generations prior to this Z4 (aside from BMW’s attempt and success in having all of the body panels alight & be a part of the vehicle design), was that the prior generations we’re very elegant and seemed to be more of an “exercise in design” for BMW. The new generation seems to have list much of the magic that made (not only the prior generations, but) the concept vehicle it was based on, great.

      You can show us the concept drawings for the Z4 concept, but it’s very clear that the concept we were shown previously, and the production vehicle we’re seeing here are 2 very different vehicles (although similar in design). Although I will give credit where credit is due,.. so BMW regarding the rear of the new Z4, good job,.. as for the rest of the vehicle, it’s not bad,.. but it’s just not as good as We all know it could have been.

  • Tabs Luther

    after all that, and it looks like an old merc SL

    • Andrewthecarguy

      …had a baby with an SLK and went to BMW design school.
      Looks like a gentlemen’s agreement between Merc and BMW to make their roadsters look like unfinished designs of miniature cars.

  • Hockeyman

    Looks like Fiat 124 Spider 😛

    • Larry Qualls

      Don’t insult the 124 like that! Ha

  • Belthronding

    i feel like it is already dated after dozens of spy shoots

  • Zcat

    Oh, look. A red potato with a jack-o-lantern face.

    The tail lights are nice.

    The concept was so much better than this. I realize concepts need to be watered down because of the safety nannies and cost, but this is just a mess. Like Adilos Nave said below, “It’s so incredibly disjointed with no flow between the elements.” Who approves this poo?

  • ace_9

    I see that Kia is really stepping up in their model range.

    Oh, that’s a BMW…

  • PK

    bmw. this is why mercedes benz is beating you in design language.

    • Philip George

      where? Mercedes SLC looks like absolute crap compared too this. So how is Mercedes beating BMW in design language? Your bias is unrepentant and plain obvious.

      • PK

        wait for the new mercedes slc.

        • Astonman

          I think they canceled it.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Lol, Benzes look terrible now too. I can’t even remember what any of the models look like, they’re so freaking indistinct.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Here piggy-piggy, sooie!

  • Larry Qualls

    We wanted the concept and you gave us this shit! BMW, you went soft and I haven’t recognized you since. The N55 was the last BMW that i owned, and if this is indication of your future product, it really is my last! I mean, the interior is nice but even it falls way short of the concept. Why introduce us to something that you know you won’t deliver? I’m just soooo disappointed! This looks soo soft, and this is the performance sport version…. Hell, the wheel wells aren’t even stuffed to the max like they should be!!!
    Please don’t let this be an indication of what the Supra is, please!!!!
    Waited all this time for this shit….smh

    • Mr. EP9

      Blame safety regulations for why it looks like that. You’ll rarely get a car that looks exactly like the concept.

      • Larry Qualls

        I understand regulations, but i don’t believe that was the caveat hear. These issues are in the details. Headlights and taillights that aren’t as long or slender, wheel wells, kidney grille, creases, intakes, interior decor, raked windshield, roll hoops …I could go on, but I’m sure you have an idea of what I’m feeling. They could’ve done better. Sports cars are on the chopping block, and they cant afford to take second base shots. They need home runs that are gonna make buyers spend their money on irrational purchases, and with weak designs like this they will sell in a year (if they’re lucky )what they should be selling monthly. Listen, it’s not a bad looking car, just looks no better than it’s predecessor. Thank you for your comment sir.

  • Larry Qualls

    Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • Larry Qualls
    • D3X

      Why use this to tease? I mean, it does not look like that, and doesn’t even look like the actual Z4 Concept.

      • Larry Qualls

        That’s exactly what I’m saying! Glad to see that I’m not over reacting, well maybe a bit. Lol Yeah I don’t know what this rendering is.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    This roadster looks really stubby. Stubby and heavy. It doesn’t look fun or fast

  • Matthew Boyd

    Interior design language is a much needed improvement. Good job BMW.

  • Tinky-Winky
    • Mike anonymous

      Who is this person?… why does he look familiar…

  • enthusia

    the black exterior trim looks so cheap, but typical BMW douchebags are going to black-out the trim regardless, so i guess BMW is just meeting them halfway.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Am i the only one who is bothered by the actual screen in the interior is square and dosent fill up the whole space?? It looks really cheap imo.

    • donald seymour

      No, you are not the only one.

    • Kaisuke971

      The problem is not the screen it’s how to display information in that format, it was probably not worth it when the few little things you could put there are already on the instrument cluster or the HUD.

      So it was either that or one of those screens that look like afterthoughts stuck on the dashboard.

      • Ruel Lewis

        Yea, but Its little thing like what i mentioned that shouldn’t be in a luxury car.

    • Puddingpopper

      Preach!

  • erly5

    I have one word…..disappointing!

  • Philip George

    Well executed. Beautiful car.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Plenty of internet critics but it looks quite good and should handle well. Plus, sweet inline six power.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks pretty good

  • Ermal Morina

    busy front fascia,and busy overall design..
    BMW should know that those lines will make the car age bad,and man am I seeing it happen.
    Still tho,must be an exciting thing to drive

  • MPAMPIS

    interior copy from alfa romeo

    • ErnieB

      Don’t insult AR!

  • Bill Nguyen

    I guess blobby shapes with randomly aggressive headlights are where it’s gonna be at for the next 5 years.. I prefer chiselled looks personally, this just looks too “mainstream”

  • D3X

    The front end looks dopey, it’s like they over-designed the whole thing especially with the opening underneath the grilles with 2 large black covers on it. The front end really represents the face of the car, and with that opening it looks like a severe overbite trying to smile.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    What is up with the radiating lines on the headrest???
    Why is the headlight 150% of the front half of the car???

    I will defer judgement until I see this in person but so far it is a no for me.

    So disapointed.

  • Kagan

    Can we say like a bad s2000?

  • TheBelltower

    BMW needs to stop showing it in this awful red color with black wheels. The matte paint helps it look less busy.

  • Kash

    The profile reminds me of the S2K, the rear is very nice to look at but the front leaves a lot to be desired and it’s mainly just the headlights that kill the front. The grille is actually very fitting and the double V’s in the hood are something unique and work really well with the rest of the car. The interior leaves a lot to be desired but its a BMW so what do you expect, its a modern BMW.

    • ErnieB

      SLK?

      • Kash

        Nope. S2000. With the top up at least.

  • Denzel

    Mixed feeling

  • Knotmyrealname

    No thanks, what a disjointed mess.

  • GobbleUp

    Looks terrible…cobbled together rear and front. Very Benz-ish in certain angles. Poorly done. Another dog from BMW.

  • Bo Hanan

    Styling is clumsy. Lots of last minute “plasticky stuck-ons” that should have been designed into the cars original design from the start. The drawings look better, as always with BMW.

  • Smith

    Thank god for the Toyota Supra. This is just another boring and uninspiring everyday BMW.

    • D3X

      Don’t keep your hopes up. The BMW Z4 concept was amazing, and the Supra one was even better. I have a feeling that history will repeat itself here on a similar scale, even the camouflaged Supra by shape and aggressive ness like a watered down version of the concept.

  • OK SO IT’S HERE.

  • sidewaysspin

    Headlights one stacked on top of the other, bad idea..

    • Mike anonymous

      It’s not really a bad idea at all. It’s just poor (and when I say poor, I mean REALLY poor) execution on BMW’s part.

  • Patrick

    382 hp

  • steve

    Wow – what an ugly looking car!

  • Shane

    I think they mean it creeps the 0-60

  • An Existing Person

    The design is awkward, and I’m not exactly sure how to feel about it. At least the interior is nice.

  • stelvio

    Will toyota supra reliability rub off on her bmw sister?

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    there something very wrong with the proportions of this car.wheels are set to close to each other & the front/rear overhangs are shown & …well…hanging from the car corners. it’s not even remotely resembles the wonderful sexy sketches.i guess we shall wait & see how this chassis will translate to the new Supra

  • eb110americana

    The more I look at the new Z4, the less I like it. The proportions are not good. The shoulder and top of the firewall are too high, and the fact that the hood slopes down towards the front looks terrible and weak. That’s a shame, as the concept looked so good:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/71624b2f206c73ad6bef9e0c8fb26eaf9f30db28a0f801d990ef5abb78bf8910.jpg

  • ksegg

    lol…….so ugly.

  • Alx

    Exterior is so overworked… the thing looks like it has a mouthguard ffs.

  • mrpentastic
    • Mike anonymous

      It’s an improvement (and if you did this yourself, good job), but I don’t think it’s enough to fix the problems with this generation of the Z4.

      (Unlike the previous generations of the Z4 (because they didn’t need it), I am sure there will be some type of facelift within 2 years from BMW themselves).

  • Enter Ranting

    Ugh, what a mess. More over-styled than a 90s Pontiac. We get it, BMW! It’s sporty!

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    I will take a look of bashing on this
    But honestly I like it
    It’s a refreshing front
    Good rear as well as good interior designed BMW

  • Evolix

    That front end looks like a mess and could really be streamlined. The up turned smile under the signature kidney grill looks terrible and did BMW’s parts bin have no headlights they had to steal from Mercedes. Also, can we please stop blacking out every wheel well vent or any vents for that matter. Common, you get years to make this car in a committee someone please fix this mess.

  • Canuck

    looks like a Miata to me.

  • David Lee

    Kind of looks like a Kia Stinger from the front. What’s up with the two vaginas on the bonnet? The design is fussy and just not special enough. A Z4 is supposed to be exciting and this frankly is not and just comes off disappointing.

  • fgclolz

    The S2000 is back!!!! Oh wait!

  • supermanuel

    Oh dear, that’s just horrible.

  • klowik

    The nose looks a bit flat. Why cant they make the nose the same as the one in the concept? (the last one in the picture?)

  • Stephen G

    Hurry, veil it again!

  • Pete

    The front is reminiscent of the new Alfa 124 Spider…

  • Liam Paul

    looks a little like the last generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder to me https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60c71e3e4f7366451d1264266b230877374270f352ab39867c4f485d0be754e7.jpg

  • Yishay

    I knew it was going to be a hot mess when they kept in camouflaged wrap for almost 3 years. When you like your design, you leak it, flash it, but no….we got different camouflage angles month after month. Lol

  • kDawg

    Wow. Ugly comes standard with this one.

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