The new open-top two-seater will be launched in Europe in March 2019 with a range of three engine options: sDrive20i with a 197hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit, sDrive30i with a 258hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit and the range-topping M40i with a 340hp 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit. All three engines are bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
The new generation of the BMW Z4 features an “extremely rigid body structure and chassis mountings”, as BMW claims that the focus for their new roadster was to offer maximum agility, steering precision and overall a dynamic driving character.
Based on the same platform with the upcoming Toyota Supra, the Z4 features new axle designs front and back, variable sport steering and mixed-size tires as standard across the range.
The fabric soft top can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph (50km/h), taking just 10 seconds to open or close. Boot capacity has also been increased by over 50 percent, compared to its predecessor, to 281 liters.
Being a modern BMW, the Z4’s list of driver assistance systems includes pretty much you could ask, including Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Collision Prevention and Cross-Traffic Alert, Active Park Distance Control and more.
The dashboard also features the new Operating System 7.0 infotainment system and a configurable digital instrument cluster, with both screens measuring 10.25 inches in diameter.
We’ll have to wait a bit more to find out if the new BMW Z4 delivers on its promise for driving thrills but nevertheless, it’s good to see a new roadster arriving in the market.