2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Starts At $50,695, In Dealers From March

As most BMW fans, we were a bit disappointed when we learned the all-new Z4 M40i would carry an MSRP of $64,695 — plus the $995 destination charge.

However, not everything is as bad as it seems. We say that because the price of the entry-level variant got leaked earlier this month and it’s about $15k cheaper. We’re talking about the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i, which starts from $49,700, excluding $995 destination and handling. That means you can get an all-new Z4 for a little over 50 grand.

For comparison’s sake, the more dated and slightly less powerful (241 hp) rival from Mercedes-Benz, the 2019 SLC 300 Roadster, starts at $48,950, excluding destination. As for the 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster, it starts at $59,000 (excluding $1,050 destination). In fairness, with the Porsche, you do get more power (300 hp) and the nimble handling of a mid-engined car.

The Z4 sDrive30i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 255 horsepower between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm. Linked to a standard eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels, the engine enables the Z4 sDrive30i to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds — thanks in part to a standard Launch Control system. The top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h).

The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i comes as standard with the Sport Line trim level in the United States and offers goodies such as 18-inch V-spoke orbit grey wheels and satin aluminum exterior trim. Standard features also include LED headlights, multifunction sports steering wheel, M Sport seats, Dynamic Cruise Control, and the Live Cockpit Professional instrument cluster, among other things.

As with any BMW, the list of optional features is quite long. We’d consider stuff like the M Sport package, Track Handling package (it comes with M Sport brakes, M Sport differential, and the Adaptive M suspension), Driving Assistance Package, as well as Vernasca leather upholstery. U.S. deliveries start in March 2019 for the sDrive30i, with the M40i variant to follow later.

Note: European-spec BMW Z4 M40i pictured

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  • Bash

    Never liked it.

  • ErnieB

    Boring.. wonder what a coupe would look like.. oh .. wait

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Exterior design is appallingly bland. Bring back Chris Bangle.

    • Smith

      Bangles designs were the worst that BMW had ever had and this new design direction took all the bad lessons from Bangles and made them even worse.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        Absolute nonsense. A fine example of Chris Bangle’s work was the E60 5-Series, which still looks far more stylish than the later F10 and G30.

        • Alex Maverick

          The E60 5-series looked like a teenager with a hare-lip. Chris Bangle was one of those morons that tried to make cars look like boats, because the rich buy expensive boats, and the poor and middle classes aspire to owning a boat. He was trying to make Beemers “exclusive” again after BMW had turned them into cheap common salesmen’s repmobiles. Bangle designed the ugliest cars this side of a Ssangyong (Rh)odius. (And yes, he admitted in an interview that he was trying to make them more aspirational by giving them a boat inspired design). UGLY!!!

    • Cool guy

      Middle management incompetence is to blame for this pile of shit! TURDDDDD!!!!

  • EM1

    Why not get the same thrill with a less expensive Miata? Who cares what your snobby neighborhoods think anyway.

    • ksegg

      Agreed! And the ND MX-5 looks great!

    • ErnieB

      It’s like a mansory Miata. Yuk!!

      • Smith

        It is hard to imagine that anything could be worse than a Mansory, but this actually does succeeded at being worse. Like the ugly ass days of BMW under Bangles. Hard to imagine anything would be worse than Bangles designs but this hit that low.

  • MJ Coffey

    50k for a 4-Banger and 65k for 6? Jesus Christ. In 10 years, we’ll be paying 50k for a 0.8l 3-Cyl engine or what.

  • ksegg

    lol $50K for this.

    Financial aspects aside, this car is BUTT UGLY.

    I wouldn’t pay $50 for this.

    • Smith

      Agreed, 100% it is so ugly.

    • Matthew Daraei

      It looks like a retarded pig!

  • Blade t

    I would never buy it for that price , but I think the design looks good..

  • Mr. EP9

    And now we just wait on its fraternal twin, the Supra.

  • javier

    vette @ 70 k ftw

  • Kagan

    Not exciting in the pictures at least.

    • Smith

      No exciting in any pictures, this is one of the worst sports cars BMW has ever designed. Cautious, conservative and way too BMW. Supra is 100 times better.

  • Smith

    Thank God Toyota has a version of this chassis as well, because this version is so ugly and so BMW-esk that it is hard to see why anyone would buy it. Really $25,000 would be more appropriate because it needs to compete with the Mazda Miata, and Mazda does a better job, in all ways.

  • Merc1

    Ridiculous pricing and questionable looks. I guess BMW doesn’t plan on selling many of these.


    • Mr. EP9

      Yep and it seems like the same may be true for the Supra too if Tada’s words are anything to go by.

  • Salih Ahzem

    Man, I just cannot unsee traces of Mercedes-Benz SLK/SLC in that profile with all the creases…

  • GobbleUp

    Ugly. What. A complete design misstep.

    • Bo Hanan

      Not elegant or graceful.

  • MarketAndChurch

    This is great news for the Supra, which will probably be a lot cheaper than this. So the Supra is like a competitor to the Miata, which is good.

    • Mr. EP9

      I doubt that. Something tells me it’s going to be in the same price range as the cheapest Z4.

    • SteersUright

      Supra a competitor for a Miata? Not on this planet.

  • SteersUright

    While interesting (not beautiful) to look at, I cant see this doing any better than the current, prettier Z4. Its no more a sports car, and apparently its heavy and cramped. It will have very limited appeal as a 2nd car/toy for wealthy people who I cant imagine wouldn’t want a more premium badge like Porsche. Personally, not a fan. If it was 400lbs lighter and more agile with a true front-mid engine layout, its would have been far more interesting a proposition and challenger to a Cayman/Boxster.

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