New BMW Z4 First Edition Meets The Z Family At Pebble Beach

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.

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  • Bo Hanan

    The 2nd and 3rd to the last photos are all Mercedes SLS. BMW’s inspiration I guess….

  • Dennis James

    Either the wheelbase is too short or the front overhang is too large, but something is wrong with this new Z4, it looks way more like a Toyota or Mazda than a BMW. Especially from the side.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’m not seeing what you’re seeing. It looks pretty RWD-proportioned to me.

    • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

      spot on! u. r. right.according to the sketches & the concept car it could have looked SOO much sexier & dynamic but the end result is aesthetically disturbing

  • LJ

    Handsome car for sure, but I can’t stop seeing SLK, especially in the profile.

    • ErnieB

      Yeah me too

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  • bfm01

    I’ll be keeping my six speed ’06 Z4M Coupe thank you very much.

  • MonkeyRider

    Is it just me?
    New Z4 front end looks like Kia.

  • Bob

    BMW is a mess. This looks nothing like the concept and neither did the 8 series. They’re like Subaru only with cr*ppy quality.

  • Mike anonymous

    I felt so disrespected seeing this new Z4 put beside the likes of the prior Z4’s and he Z8.

  • Knotmyrealname

    I’m trying, but I’m feeling no love for this car.
    Is it the Toyota collaboration? When you try and make two cars out of one there must be compromise somewhere; let’s see what the Supra brings? Maybe. It’s such a shame.
    I love the E89, I think it has stood the test of time amazingly well and to my eyes it has not aged at all. This G29 will not fare as well.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I’ll never understand BMWs latest love with that front. It’s not only a copy of others but it fits definitely badly on these models. They have ruined also the Z4….one of the few BMWs i still managed to like, with the M2.

  • fabri99

    I just… don’t like it. It doesn’t look ugly, but it doesn’t look amazing either. Much like the SLK/SLC, it looks kind of bland and unexciting. And I fear it could be the same story performance-wise, though that’s just speculation. We’ll see, but right now I wouldn’t want this over, say, a 718 Boxster.

  • Jim Ragland

    I am not feeling this car at all…could be the color and wheel combo. Maybe once I see it in person I will change my mind.

  • TheBelltower

    Looks great in the matte paint. Terrible in the glossy red with the black wheels.

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