Does The New BMW Z4 M40i Sound Good To You?

The introduction of the brand new Z4 has given BMW a modern sports roadster in its line up, with some considering it as a potential trouble maker for the Alpine A110 and Porsche Boxster as well despite the fact that, unlike these two, it still carries its engine up front.

The top-of-the-line version of the roadster is the M40i, which gets 340 PS (335 hp / 250 kW) in the Euro-spec model. That’s a sizeable 48 PS (47 hp / 35 kW) less than the U.S. model, which uses the same 3.0-liter turbocharged, inline-six – and you can blame it on the stricter emissions regulations in Europe.

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In a straight line , the range-topping Z4 goes from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds and up to a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The North American variant is faster, taking only 3.9 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) as per BMW’s estimates. This puts it ahead of the 335 hp Toyota Supra by two tenths of a second.

Now, we already know that it’s quick and offers an engaging driving experience. The video reviews of the car made sure that nothing important is left aside, but does the new Z4 come with a good soundtrack, too? AutomannTV’s video, shared at the bottom of the page, has focused on that, revealing the exhaust note in different situations, complete with the usual crackles. So, does it sound good or should’ve they made it more sonorous? Let us know what you think in the Comments section below, after viewing the footage, of course.


  • europeon

    Those artificial cracks and pops are so overplayed. Horrible trend.

    Every boyracer has a “popcorn” ECU remap nowadays which made me so ashamed when my Maserati occasionally naturally backfired, I stopped using the sport mode. I didn’t want to have people looking at me like they look at all the POS tuned car, and I rather had my car gimped using the normal mode just to have the exhaust valves shut.

    • Ben

      Different strokes for different folks. I get what you’re saying about the Honda tuned to sound like evil popcorn machine being annoying. However, I think the Z4 is subtle enough. Just to ask, what is your ideal exhaust note? Like what car has something you’d love to have personally?

      • europeon

        I was fortunate enough to own the cars I wanted (in terms of exhaust note at least), except an American V8.

        Personally I like the low, subdued, growl of V8 cars. F154 Maserati/Ferrari engine is my all time favorite, Aston Martin’s Vantage V8 is second, and in third place is the old M157 5.5l AMG engine.
        On the opposite side of the spectrum, I don’t find anything appealing in high-revving engines, like most Ferraris and other supercars.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      When I get my Maserati, I will drive it in sport mode with no regard to what people think about the cracks and pops. It is a crime not to listen to the 4.7 Ferrari-rati V8 in sport mode 🙂

  • Six Thousand Times

    Sure, I guess. I do know that if you are getting a BMW, get their lovely inline six. Otherwise, it’s just another car.

  • GobbleUp

    Better than expected.
    Car looks really bad though.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    The 370Z and the Infiniti G37 has one of the best natural exhaust notes from a 6 cylinder.
    Not sure why BMW has not figured out how to make this hing sound better.

    Then again, in Germany, die Polizei carry around decibel measuring device and can impound your car if it is louder than factory. 🙁

  • J J

    Definitely much better than Boxster! I appreciate 4 cyls in cars that will be driven on the race track, but not on open top where sound is part of the experience.

  • Bash

    Not sure if my speakers simply doesn’t make any justice to the sound or its just that the sound simply sucks.

  • trollsbwild

    Same here. Currently, have 2014 3.5i with Dinan stage 1 tuning. 376bhp. Purists may hate it, but I love the retractible hard top. Also like a functional cup holder. Finally, HATE that kia stinger grill.

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