BMW’s Paris Auto Show Lineup Announced, Includes New Z4, 8-Series Models

BMW will have a host of new cars on display at the 2018 Paris Auto Show, which starts on October 2, with the press days, and from October 4 for the public.

Among them is the new generation Z4, which already celebrated its online premiere, but will be in the French capital for its show debut, too.

Developed alongside the new Toyota Supra, the 2019 BMW Z4 differentiates itself from its Japanese sibling by adopting an open-top body, with a different design, as well as lots of technologies signed by the German automaker. These include the Operating System 7.0 and 10.25-inch color displays for the central monitor and digital instrument cluster.

Sitting at the top of the range is the BMW M Performance model, baptized Z4 M40i. It features adaptive suspension, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes, electronically-controlled rear differential and 18-inch wheels shod in high-performance tires. Aided by the six-cylinder inline engine, which pushes out 340 PS (335 hp / 250 kW), it sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds.

Alongside the BMW Z4, the new 8-Series Coupe will get a taste of the car show in Paris, too. The luxurious coupe goes against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and uses lots of driving assistance features, connectivity equipment, advanced control & display gear and others, said to contribute to its “innovative character”.

Available from launch is the M Performance model called M850i xDrive Coupe, that is powered by a new 530 PS (523 hp / 390 kW) V8 petrol engine making its debut in the car. Joining the punchy unit is a six-cylinder inline diesel, rated at 320 PS (315 hp / 235 kW) in the 840d xDrive model.

The fourth generation BMW X5 will sit under the spotlight at the 2018 Paris Auto Show, featuring an upgraded range of engines, intelligent all-wheel drive and a raft of chassis systems included in an X model for the first time.

The all-new SUV uses two-axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering, Off-Road Package and others, joined by a selection of driving assistance systems fitted as standard, and the Live Cockpit Professional, working together with the BMW Operating System 7.0.

Last, but definitely not least, is the BMW M5 Competition, which builds upon the latest-gen super saloon, adding extra equipment and a punchier version of the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine, which now delivers 625 PS (617 hp / 460 kW). The power is channeled to the AWD system through an eight-speed DCT, allowing the car to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.3 seconds, and to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.8 seconds.

Contributing to its special stance are the specific exhaust system, bespoke engine mounting and exclusive 20-inch rims, alongside the ‘Competition’ lettering and others.

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  • NoMan2015

    What about the new 3er? I thought it was scheduled for a Paris debut…

    • ChizzoLi

      I think it’s debuting in LA

      • dtd

        Should it be Frankfurt?

        • mihsf

          Impossible since Frankfurt and Paris motor shows alternate every two years at the same period of the year.

      • NoMan2015

        Hmmm. This site’s more recent 3er teaser post similarly says Paris.

  • Mr. EP9

    I was hoping to see the base model of the 8 series as well as the lower trims of the Z4. Maybe next time.

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