Review

BMW Z4 M40i

by staff writer JP

From paper sketch through to final delivery, the Z4 First Edition has been unveiled – 80 years since the first BMW roadster went on sale

Based on the BMW Concept Z4 presented at Concours d?Elegance 2017 in Pebble Beach, this edition of the roadster inspires not only with the precision handling characteristics that are typical of BMW M Performance models, but also with particularly sophisticated design and equipment features, including the option of paintwork in Frozen Orange metallic.

With a low centre of gravity, perfectly balanced 50:50 axle distribution, wide tracks and a compact wheelbase form the ideal prerequisites for a dynamic drive. The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition comes with a powerful 340hp, straight six cylinder engine and a sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport differential in the rear axle transmission. The BMW M Performance automobile takes a mere 4.6 seconds to sprint from a standstill to 62mph.

This design presents the BMW kidney grille sports with a mesh pattern, large air breathers on the front wheel arches and a distinctive spoiler integrated into the rear lid. The design of the interior also places the focus on the sportiness of the Z4 with forward-oriented lines cockpit styling. Likewise, the clearly structured arrangement of all control elements enhances the focus on the driving experience inside this BMW Z4.

Moreover, for a perfect start into a new roadster era, the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition offers specific design and equipment features that add exclusive accents to the car’s sporty flair. The expressive body paintwork in Frozen Orange metallic is combined with an electrically operated textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect, the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, black exterior mirror caps and 19-inch light alloy wheels boasting a bicolour, double spoke design.

The interior of the edition model comprises the Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching, electrically adjustable seats with memory function. The ambient light and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System an optional upgrade. Adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam, BMW Head-Up Display featured for the first time in a roadster and a feature called Live Cockpit Professional offers the latest networking technology. All underpinning the advanced status the tradition-steeped concept of a two-seater, open-top sports car.

The world premiere of the BMW Z4 M40i First Edition in Pebble Beach is a taster of the forthcoming on-road debut of the new roadster generation. BMW will announce all details of further engine variants, technical innovations and the diverse equipment features of the two-seater on 19 September 2018. This will be followed a short time later by the trade fair premiere of the upcoming Z4 at the Mondial de l?Automobile in Paris. The worldwide market launch will commence in the spring of 2019.