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BMW Z4 revealed: watch out Porsche Boxster

Published 24 August 2018

BMW has finally revealed imagines of the all-new Z4 roadster ahead of it going on sale in spring 2019.

Prices for the new two-seater are yet to be announced, but the entry-level Z4 sDrive20i is expected to start at around £32,000 - rising to more than £40,000 in Boxster-rivalling M40i guise revealed here.

Teased in concept form at last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the USA, the latest Z4 is intended to be more driver focussed than its predecessor, with a central sitting position, low centre of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution.

The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition is powered by a six-cylinder petrol engine producing 340PS, and comes with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport brakes and an electronically controlled M Sport differential to aid traction. BMW claims it will take just 4.6 seconds to hit 62mph.

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Based on a new platform co-developed with Toyota, which will also underpin the new Supra when it arrives in 2019. The Z4 will also share a factory with the Supra, being built in Graz in Austria.

Despite being slightly larger than the old Z4, the new model is expected to be marginally lighter than its predecessor.

The design is intended to 'underscore the driver-oriented cockpit styling', says BMW, with that traditional long Z4 bonnet stretching out over the front wheels, large air breathers on the front arches and a rear spoiler integrated into the rear boot lid. 

Staying away from a heavy folding hard top roof, the Z4 uses an electrically operated textile roof. Lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels complete the sporty look.

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The interior of the First Edition features black leather trim, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, ambient lighting and a Harman Kardon surround sound system. Adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam are standard, while BMW's head-up display features for the first time in a roadster.

BMW will give the Z4 M40i First Edition its world premiere at Pebble Beach this week, with further details including engine variants in September. It'll also be on display at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, ahead of sales starting in spring 2019.

Comments

Taliban2014    on 31 August 2018

Front half looks great but it looks like they ran out of time, money or inspiration at the rear.

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