BMW has finally taken the wraps off the new Z4, which as expected remains faithful to last year’s concept car and ditches the folding hard-top for a more traditional canvas roof.
The car debuted at Pebble Beach in its range-topping M40i guise, meaning there’s a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine sitting under the long bonnet with 335hp (340PS). Being a member of the M Performance range also means that the chassis features a more driver-inspiring setup, with a M tuned sports suspension with active dampers, bigger brakes and an electronically controlled rear differential.
BMW kept most of the official details and figures out of its press release, holding them for an announcement on September 18. The Bavarian car maker just said that the new BMW Z4 M40i is capable of a 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds.
The special First Edition of the new Bavarian roadster will come with specific design and equipment features to make it more exclusive; things like the Frozen Orange Metallic paint, the High Gloss Shadow Line, the black exterior mirror caps, the 19-inch two-tone alloys and the anthracite soft top with silver effect are some of the First Edition’s exterior cues.
The interior of the new BMW Z4 First Edition features Vernasca Black leather with decorative stitching, electrically operated seats, a Harman Kardon Surround System, BMW’s latest Live Cockpit setup that combines two HD digital displays for the instrument cluster and the infotainment, as well as a head-up display, which is a first for a BMW roadster.
The new 2019 BMW Z4 shared some time with the rest of the Z family, which goes back thirty years ago, with the introduction of the original Z1 and includes not only the previous generations of the Z3 and Z4 but also the limited Z8.
BMW will launch the new Z4 in the U.S. in spring of 2019, in the form of the four-cylinder 30i model. The range-topping M40i derivative of the new BMW Z4, including the First Edition, is expected to arrive in the second quarter of the year.