Get A Look At The 2019 BMW Z4 M40i From Every Angle In 121 Photos

The International Media Launch of the new 2019 Z4 Roadster took place recently in Portugal, on the scenic country roads around Sintra and in the nation’s capital city Lisbon.

Automotive journalists from all over the world got the change to get behind the wheel of the third generation Z4. As usual, BMW used the occasion to shoot some new photos with its new open-top model. You can see all 121 of them in our gallery, which shows the range-topping M40i model from all possible angles.

Besides the M Performance model, the 2019 Z4 lineup also includes the sDrive20i and sDrive30i models. All three engine variants will be available in Europe, while the U.S. market will skip the entry-level sDrive20i and only get the higher-powered sDrive30i and M40i.

The M40i features a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 382 hp in the United States. In European markets, however, the Z4 M40i has a lower power output of 335 hp (340 PS) at 5,000-6,500 rpm. You can blame stricter emissions regulations for that. The peak torque stays the same on both continents, though: 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) available from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm.

The six-cylinder engine is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. Consequently, the Z4 M40i covers the 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds). Top speed is limited at 155 mph (250 km/h).

Besides the more powerful engine, the M40i variant also benefits from additional performance-enhancing features as standard. Those include the 10-mm (0.4-in) lower Adaptive M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes, and M Sport differential.

Performance-wise, the next best thing to the M40i is the sDrive30i. It packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit producing 255 hp (258 PS) at 5,000-6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm. Fitted with the same automatic transmission, the Z4 sDrive30i goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (0-60 in 5.2 seconds) and tops out at 155 mph (250 km/h).

Finally, the sDrive20i uses the same turbo-four unit in a lower state of tune of 197 PS (194 hp) at 4,500–6,500 rpm and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) between 1,450 and 4,200 rpm. Its performance is comparable to a hot hatch: 0-100 km/h takes 6.6 seconds and maximum speed is 240 km/h (149 mph).

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  • ace_9

    The wheelbase is too short and it is too wide for its length. And it does not look like a BMW.

    • Christian

      Bad election yesterday?

      • ace_9

        No. I don’t even live in ‘murica.

        • Christian

          Oh gosh…. WE got somebody from San Francisco here…

          • ace_9

            That’s in ‘murica, isn’t it? I’m from the old continent. But I’m curious. Why your guess was San Francisco?

  • TheBelltower

    This matte color looks good. Oddly, red is horrible on the Z4.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      It is strange how design dictates color isn’t?

  • LJ

    Not a fan of BMW’s current overly busy rear end design. The square/rectangle exhaust tips don’t help either.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I am glad BMW finally decided to improve the front of the Fiat 124, the side of the 2004-2007 Hyundai Coupe Tiburon and the backlights that vaguely remind me those of some Benz models. This is real innovation.

  • pcurve

    Downgrade from the last Z4 in terms of design. BMW couldn’t give that car away. No one bought it even with money-losing $499/month lease on, a $53,000 car mind you. Market for this kind of car is non-existent anymore.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Interesting point. I think the previous Z4 was overpriced, and perhaps this will follow suit.
      The design is excessive … but it looks like a diminutive super/hyper car, so maybe BMW is up to something.

      The market has shrunk for this, and swelled for the larger coupes. We’ll see how this plays out.

  • Joe E

    Never thought I’d say this about a BMW, but looks like a Kia.

  • Rick Alexander

    Not sure what all the hate`s for. I think this is one of the only BMW convertibles I`d consider buying with the exception of the the 8 Series. I love that it doesn`t resemble a typical BMW, because the BMW template was getting long in the tooth. All BMWs look pretty much the same to my eye. I agree that the wheelbase could have been pushed a bit further out to the corners, but it`s not a deal breaker. It appears curvy and muscular in the pics, which is a good thing. Definitely more masculine than feminine. Ditch the squarish tailpipes and it`s a win for me.

    • Wandering_Spirit

      If it helps, it might not be hate. But many recognize that BMW has stopped being original and started making more anonymous models with too many cues from others in trying to look original. Translated in praxis, this means that most probably they have lost touch with what the real BMW style is. Maybe it is deliberate, to be in tune with modern customer bases (which says a lot of who the average BMW customer is in that case), or simply they think they are good while increasing amounts of people (and despite the sales volumes, which seem to say otherwise) don’t consider the brand in the same way as it used to be. Read it more like deep disappointment. They are not speaking the right design language for a BMW. And i suspect it’s the path all brands have to take to increase the customer base because cars that are too personal only appeal to a specific niche of people. There is a lot of untold psychology on why sales volumes increase and on their relation with the type of customer who buys certain models rather than others.

  • Benjamin B.

    where is the Supra

  • Yishay

    It’s not revolutionary but it alright….I guess.

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