BMW Unveils 2019 Z4 sDrive20i, sDrive30i, And 2020 M40i Roadster

A month after the all-new BMW Z4 was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in M40i First Edition guise, three other variants of the sports car have been announced.

The first of these models is the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive20i Roadster while the second is the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster. Last but not least is the 2020 Z4 M40i. These three regular-grade versions won’t be limited in production numbers, unlike the First Edition, and the sDrive30i Roadster will start to arrive in dealerships across the United States very soon. As its name implies, the 2020 Z4 M40i will be introduced sometime next year. The sDrive20i Roadster won’t be sold in the U.S.

Power for the entry-level Z4 sDrive20i comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged engine delivering 197 hp. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power through the rear wheels.

As for the slightly punchier sDrive30i, it comes equipped with the same 2.0-liter four-pot but benefits from a series of upgrades that lift power to 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm). With an open piece of road, it will accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a respectable 5.2 seconds.

Last but not least is the Z4 M40i. Like the First Edition, it comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that puts out 382 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm). This allows for a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint of 4.4 seconds.

Beyond its different engine, the M40i comes fitted with adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers, upgraded brakes, and a rear electronically locking differential. These parts are optional on the four-cylinder models.

The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i will land in U.S. dealers in March followed by the M40i. Pricing details haven’t been announced.

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  • dumblikeyou2

    I don’t dislike it. I just don’t like it as a BMW.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      i feel the same way. It’s not an “ugly car”, but it’s not “sharp” and it doesn’t look fun for the segment.

      • Bo Hanan

        Agree with you both. My issue isn’t so much the car as is that its competition is better. Frankly, I think a Boxster looks better and is more car.

  • TheBelltower

    Looks soooo much better in matte silver instead of glossy red.

  • (⌐■_■)

    the front reminds me of KIA stinger…

  • SteersUright

    That is one seriously goofy looking car. Like a Miata with a weird body kit. From some angles its ok and I’m sure it’ll be cool the first year or so as its brand new. When that wears I can only imagine this will linger on BMW lots like all Z4’s seem to have ever done.
    Interior is pretty cool though, outside of the weird mounting of the infotainment screen. At $15k less or so, this might be an interesting little roadster. At its expected asking price it’s got too many design flaws for my tastes, especially those weird creases on the hood.

  • Grumpy

    But….how much does it weigh?

    • Denzel

      Million dollar question

    • Bo Hanan

      If it were light we’d already know.

    • cartube

      As far as I remember, about 50kg less from the old model, due to the use of fabric roof.

  • Six Thousand Times

    We’re sure the 30i isn’t a six?

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Very sure.
      Follows the currently used 30 nomenclature on all BMWs.

      • DMJ

        Except the 30d. That one is a six.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Yes indeed.

      • Six Thousand Times

        The 330i is a six but I believe you. Were I buying a Bavarian. I’d only go for one of their sweet inline sixes.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          The F30 330i is a 4 cyl believe me. Every ’30’ gasoline vehicle in BMW’s lineup is a 4 banger

          • Six Thousand Times

            Guess it was a six up through the E90 then BMW did the bait and switch.

          • Andrewthecarguy

            Yes.

  • Kagan

    Maybe ok car but not pretty!

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Really? Nothing about the design is bland; if anything it is overdesigned in some aspects.
    And the 30 version is very torquey…that’s a good thing for a car like this.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      im’ not referring to how the car drives or the engine. I”m talking about how the car looks. And the car doesn’t have any shape to it. Its not over designed at all. It’s very safe. Just look at the previous generations of the Z and you’ll see. This car is wack

  • gfurry

    I don’t mind the looks but the number of pedals disappoints me

  • ace_9

    Is KIA now copying the BMW grille?
    Oh wait…

  • Vassilis

    Booooo for not offering a manual gearbox.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Quite annoying actually, considering the fact that a manual belongs in a roadster…the very essence of a roadster requires it to be a manual.

  • SamBamm

    Convoluted collection of random design elements tacked onto a clean, simple profile. This is not design, it’s gimmick overload.

  • ksegg

    I love the rear end and interior.

    I absolutely hate the front end.

    • Hi I am Zako

      Aggressive rear with a fairly stupid looking headlight and a huge noses.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Well it’s definitely better with silver accents. I’d still like to see the regular bumper because M-version’s design isn’t very good… as it is with almost every recent M-car, unfortunately.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    More flame surface design. Yawn

  • Marc

    That whole area between the A pillar and the front wheel well is a mess. The car is too small to pull of such dramatic surfacing. It ends up looking stubby and pinched. A car this size needs some front to back fluidity. It’s why all the new small merc’s feel so well proportioned.

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