11-12-18

THE NEW BMW Z4

At a glance:

  • New BMW Z4 Roadster to have its world premiere in Paris in early October; market launch to follow in spring 2019.
  • Despite many new concept and design characteristics, the third BMW Z4 generation remains an unmistakeable BMW roadster.
  • New proportions: shorter wheelbase, shorter bonnet, seats moved further forward, low silhouette.
  • Striking front: new BMW kidney grille positioned very low, and for the first time without slats.
  • New headlamp design with a vertical arrangement of the two headlight tubes.
  • Rear with very slim, wrap-around taillights and striking rear spoiler.
  • Choice of four-cylinder and six-cylinder petrol engines ranging from 145 kW/197 hp to 250 kW/340 hp.

LARGER, SPORTIER AND MORE EXCITING THAN EVER.

The new model will turn heads on the streets. Now entering its third generation, the BMW Z4 will have all the attributes of a classic BMW roadster – a low silhouette, low center of gravity, low seating position and short overhangs – yet be easy to tell apart from its predecessor. The new BMW Z4 Roadster has different proportions, with a more compact wheelbase, while having grown in length, width, and height. Iconic design elements like the kidney grille and headlights have been re-interpreted and completely restyled. The car’s driving dynamics have advanced so much that the result is a real "road star”. Today’s issue of Product News tells you everything you need to know about the new vehicle and what sets it apart from the competition.

Driving dynamics: outstanding agility for even more driving pleasure.

Driving a BMW Z4 has always been an exhilarating sports car experience. The reasons for this include a perfectly tuned suspension and superior steering precision – a by-product of rear-wheel drive, which leaves the steering unaffected by drive torque – as well as hallmark BMW roadster characteristics like a low center of gravity and an ideal 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution.
With its wheelbase shortened by 26 millimeters and up to 97 millimeters of additional track width, the new BMW Roadster delivers outstanding dynamics and exceptional handling. The shorter wheelbase also makes for a smaller turning circle, while the increased track ensures more stability and agility in fast bends. The Driving Experience Control enables BMW Z4 Roadster drivers to adjust the suspension according to their wishes. The BMW Z4 M40i is particularly dynamic, with an eight-speed Steptronic Sports transmission, Adaptive M Sports suspension, M Sports differential and Variable Sport Steering already included as standard.

The BMW Z4 Roadster is exclusively available with a dynamic rear-wheel drive system (sDrive) and the widely praised eight-speed automatic transmission. The Z4 sDrive 30i and Z4 M40i variants include the eight-speed Sport automatic with paddles and even shorter shift times as standard. A six-speed manual gearbox for the two-liter four-cylinder engine in the Z4 sDrive20i will follow at a later date. First test drives using pre-production vehicles left German car magazine Auto Bild suitably impressed with the new BMW Z4 M40i. The test drivers "… immediately noticed that the new Z4 is quick to accelerate and eager to corner, without overdoing it. Much of this is due to its top-notch straight-six engine. You’d be hard pressed to find a competitor engine that combines speed and refinement this well. And the eight-speed automatic transmission is a perfect fit. … In other words: Even a good driver would find it hard to make more perfect gear shifts.”


 Driving dynamics: outstanding agility for even more driving pleasure. 

Driving a BMW Z4 has always been an exhilarating sports car experience. The reasons for this include a perfectly tuned suspension and superior steering precision – a by-product of rear-wheel drive, which leaves the steering unaffected by drive torque – as well as hallmark BMW roadster characteristics like a low center of gravity and an ideal 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution.

With its wheelbase shortened by 26 millimeters and up to 97 millimeters of additional track width, the new BMW Roadster delivers outstanding dynamics and exceptional handling. The shorter wheelbase also makes for a smaller turning circle, while the increased track ensures more stability and agility in fast bends. The Driving Experience Control enables BMW Z4 Roadster drivers to adjust the suspension according to their wishes. The BMW Z4 M40i is particularly dynamic, with an eight-speed Steptronic Sports transmission, Adaptive M Sports suspension, M Sports differential and Variable Sports Steering already included as standard.

Modern assistance and connectivity features.

Driver assistance systems for partly automated driving are as much part of the standard and optional equipment for the new BMW Z4 as a range of digital services. The Parking Assistant, for instance, will support the driver during certain driving tasks. In addition to directing the car into and out of parallel parking spaces, this feature also includes a reversing assistant providing currently unmatched support during difficult parking maneuvers: the system saves a record of the last 50 meters covered before parking and takes over the steering function when reversing (with the driver accelerating and braking). Further systems to make driving easier include the rear-view camera, Lane Departure Warning, Pedestrian Collision Warning with Brake Activation, Active Guard and the Driving Assistant with Cross-Traffic, Lane Departure, and Rear Collision Warning.

When it comes to connectivity, customers can opt for the services bundled within the Connected Package Professional when ordering their car or add subscriptions via the ConnectedDrive store at a later date. The BMW Z4 Roadster will be available with new features such as the Digital Key (opening and closing the vehicle via an Android smartphone), Remote Software Upgrade (new vehicle software will automatically be sent "over the air” if desired) or Connected Navigation (including the Parking Space Assistant with parking suggestions near the destination).

 


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