BMW Z4 M40i Prototype Laps Nurburgring In 7:55, Nine Seconds Slower Than A Cayman S

We’re still a few months away before the new BMW Z4 arrives in the US market but we can take a first taste of its abilities, thanks to the exclusive test of the German Sport Auto, which took a late prototype for a flying lap around the Nurburgring.

With German racing driver Christian Gebhardt sitting behind the wheel, the still camouflaged prototype Z4 M40i was able to lap the iconic track in 7 minutes, 55.41 seconds. That’s quite impressive but still lags behind the Porsche 718 Cayman S, which posted a 7:46.70 with the same driver behind the wheel in 2016.

With that said and given the car’s prototype nature, we think the Z4’s lap time more of an indication than an outright performance figure of the finished series-production roadster. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a lap time of the 718 Boxster S, which is a more direct rival to the Z4, with the same driver.

The new BMW Z4 M40i is powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine producing 335hp (340PS) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. As a member of the M Performance range, the Z4 M40i also features an M-tuned sports suspension that includes active dampers, bigger brakes and an electronically controlled rear differential.

BMW claims that the range-topping version of the new Z4 is capable of a 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds).

The Bavarian car maker will reveal all the technical details of the rest of the engine variants on September 19, before bringing the new Z4 for its European premiere at the Paris Auto Show on October 4.

 

  • txsupra11

    I wonder why they didn’t use the more powerful 382hp US spec?

  • Mill0048

    That seems right. Between Porsche and BMW, I’d expect the Porsche to be the real performer. Also, this may not bode well for the Supra either.

    • Denzel

      Supra might do just fine I don’t think they are trying to take on the GTR at it’s current laptime of 7:08. If you go back to the 90s the supra was the slowest out of the nsx and the skyline. I think it will be closer to when the GTR set the 7:36 mark. Something like 7:36 – 7:40

      • Mill0048

        Agreed, it’s just indicative of what to expect.

  • Philip George

    8-9 secs deficit by the newer Z4 ought to be a slap in BMW’s face, especially when the Porsche set that lap time with a 2016 car. Hopefully, that’s just the prototype’s run and slower than the production’s.

    • SteersUright

      True. Then again, I’d venture they’d argue this is a GT rather than a true sports car, I suppose.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Agreed, but BMW has been pushin this car upmarket steadily in hopes to take from the Boxster. Problem is, Porsche seems to almost always outperform the Bimmer.
        A previous gen Z4sDrive35is was north of $70k

  • SteersUright

    Engine sounds great inside the car, but it looks like a real handful rather than a smooth operator on the track.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Hmmm….you’ve never driven on the N’Ring I take it…

  • SteersUright

    Interestingly, the Civic Type R set a lap time of 7:43.8, faster than both the Cayman S and this new BMW Z4. Now thats impressive, especially at about half the price!

  • GobbleUp

    Poor performer and already looks dated.
    Another huge miss.

  • Jack Lyon

    The 718s is $90k I would take this car at 9 seconds slower if it is $65k.

Let’s Take A Closer Look At The 2020 C8 Corvette

The Corvette Stingray C8’s design hasn’t won everyone’s hears – what do you think?.

2020 BMW X1 Pricing And Specs Announced For Australia

Get the 2020 X1 Down Under in the sDrive18i grade from the equivalent of USD $31,320.

Renault’s e-Plein Air Is A Retro Convertible With A Twizy Powertrain

Take a French classic, add a modern electric powertrain and, voila! here’s an interesting concept.

Hyundai Boosts Its Profit Thanks To New SUVs, More Are Coming

Hyundai’s strong performance comes despite the continued slowdown in global economic growth and sales slump in China.

Jaguar J-Pace Confirmed, Could Be Followed By An A- Or B-Pace

Following the success of the F-Pace, Jaguar is working on a larger crossover to battle the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS.

2021 MINI Countryman Spied Showing Minor Updates

The facelifted MINI Countryman is expected to have a revised grille, modified bumpers and new lighting units.

Toyota To Co-Develop EV Batteries With China’s CATL

The two companies will also work together to explore the reuse and recycling of electric vehicle batteries.

Toyota Introduces Robotic Mascots And Pint-Sized Autonomous Vehicle For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota’s robotic technology will be front and center at the 2020 Olympic Games.

An Electric Cadillac Escalade Is In The Works But Still Years Away From The Road

The all-electric Cadillac Escalade may offer a range of about 400 miles between charges.

Saleen Unveils New Crossover And Electric City Car In China

The company also announced a ‘new’ S7 with 1500 hp.