BMW Z4 Makes Pebble Beach Debut

BMW Z4 Makes Pebble Beach Debut

Third-gen BMW roadster to rival the Porsche 718 Boxster; range now topped by 340hp M40i variant.

With dynamic proportions, emotional design and fascinating sportiness, the open-top two-seater will take the classic roadster concept into the world of today and tomorrow.

Aesthetically, the Z4 looks quite similar to the concept it is based on. The Z4's M Sport rear differential should be capable of catapulting the auto from 0-100kph in only 4.6 secs.

The new edition of the roadster will celebrate its world premiere at precisely the same location that served as the stage for the first public presentation of the BMW Concept Z4 a year ago.

"Finished in Frozen Grey, the sporty lines and shapes of the new auto give a sign to its driving style", the vlogger reports after seeing the Z4 M40i in person. The roadster can sprint to 100kmph from standstill in just 4.6 seconds. As for the suspension, it comes with an M Sport suspension setup with electronically controlled dampers. While the Z4 continues with the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, the motor is placed well back in the engine bay, contributing to a 50:50 weight distribution front to rear.

While the Z4 M40i is powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol engine that makes 340PS, BMW will also offer other engines with the Z4, depending on the market and the variant.

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"This is combined with an electrically operated textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect, BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, black exterior mirror caps and 19-inch light alloy wheels boasting a bicolour, double-spoke design".

BMW has revealed the third-generation of its Z4 roadster during the Monterey vehicle week in California, with a M40i specification auto finished in a colour classified as "frozen orange".

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. The Z4 M40i First Edition will also come with BMW's Live Cockpit Professional, a digital gauge cluster with two displays.

For now BMW is only showing us the M40i First Edition - an expanded range of variants, along with further technical details, will be announced on 19 September, BMW promises.

The newcomer is set to go on sale in South Africa during the first half of 2019.

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