New BMW Z4







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: April 19, 2013
Categories: BMW, BMW Z4

The interplay of classical proportions and state-of-the-art   technology defines the unmistakable character of the BMW Z4 – and now   an updated version of the Roadster is ready for action, armed with a   raft of additional powertrain and equipment innovations.

BMW Z4

The new   BMW Z4 represents a time-honoured and yet alluringly contemporary   interpretation of the traditional roadster concept. New exterior   features, detailed interior refinements, the new Design Pure Traction   equipment package, the new entry-level sDrive18i model and the latest   additions to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features all provide   fresh impetus and lend the BMW Roadster even greater appeal and individuality.

The new BMW Z4 takes to the stage 25 years after the legendary   BMW Z1. That Roadster turned heads when it was unveiled at the 1987   International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt – not only on account of   its revolutionary door concept, but also thanks to its agile and   precisely controllable handling. With the BMW Z1 began the latest   chapter in the history of BMW Roadsters – a tradition which stretches   back to the 1930s and reached the first of many high points with the   BMW 328 (winner of the 1940 Mille Miglia) and BMW 507 from 1955. The   BMW Z3 and BMW Z8 triggered a fresh wave of excitement for the   classical open-top two-seater concept in the 1990s. And they also   paved the way for the first-generation BMW Z4 and its successor, the   brand’s first Roadster fitted with a retractable hardtop roof.

BMW Z4

Design: classical proportions infused with modern character.

    The success of modern-day BMW Roadsters is rooted in   the rigorous execution of a concept, a process which has left its mark   on both the design and the driving properties of each car and is   clearly recognisable in the new BMW Z4. The sweeping bonnet, long   wheelbase, low beltline and low-slung rear end play a more vivid and   uncompromising part in shaping its appearance than is evident with any   of its segment rivals. The low seating position just ahead of the rear   axle gives the driver and passenger a particularly intense experience   of the longitudinal and lateral forces working on the rear wheels.   This sense of being “part of the car” also allows the driver to grade   the amount of power he’s feeding through the rear axle with   sensitivity and precision. That’s the recipe for roadster feeling, BMW-style.

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The hardtop roof also blends seamlessly into the car’s form. As it   closes, it seals a smoothly flowing roofline, while large window   surfaces optimise all-round visibility and the feeling of space   inside the car. Once opened, the two roof elements are accommodated,   one on top of the other, in a compact package inside the Roadster’s   road-hugging rear. The A-pillars – painted an understated black – also   underline the low-slung silhouette of the new BMW Z4, especially when   the roof is open. The optional BMW Individual hardtop – available in   the two contrast colours Black non-metallic and Glacier Silver   metallic – provides a feast for the eyes when the roof is closed. The   hardtop can be opened at the touch of a button while the car is moving   at up to 40 km/h (25 mph) in an automated process lasting 19 seconds.

The distinctive twin circular headlights team up with the broad BMW   kidney grille to form a roadster-specific interpretation of the   brand’s signature front-end look. The standard bi-xenon headlights of   the new BMW Z4 have an extremely slim design and extend well into the   front wheel arches. They feature LED light rings which emit daytime   driving light in the brand’s hallmark style. Added to which, the light   sources now have a strikingly three-dimensional design which   accentuates the intricate technology of the headlights. Cutting across   the tops of the headlights are LED accent lights, whose metal insert   bears BMW lettering. The integrated turn signal indicators have   chrome-coloured surrounds, which lend further emphasis to the   sophisticated character of the light units. Plus, a newly designed,   tapered surround for the side indicators adds a dynamic sweep to the   gills on the front side sections of the car.

Striking touches: new paint finishes, Design Pure Traction     equipment package, additional light-alloy wheels and the M Sport package.

    A total of 11 external paint finishes are available   for the new BMW Z4, including the new Mineral Grey metallic, Glacier   Silver metallic and Valencia Orange metallic, which can only be   ordered together with the Design Pure Traction option. This new   equipment package lends the Roadster an extremely lively aura; the   interior, for example, boasts an energy-charged contrast of black and   orange. The bespoke Alcantara door panel trim, like the lower section   of the instrument panel, comes in orange. The black leather seats have   contrast stitching in Valencia Orange and an accent stripe running   down the central section of the backrests and seat cushions. This   stripe is likewise orange and is flanked by two thin white lines. The   door panel trim and lower section of the instrument panel can also be   specified in black as an option. Another exclusive element of the   Design Pure Traction package is the metal weave trim strip, which can   be combined with further decorative elements in high-gloss black for   the door openers and the gearshift or selector lever. This new   equipment package replaces the previously available Design Pure   Impulse and is also available in combination with other exterior paint   colours as an option.

New interior additions to standard specification include high-gloss   black surrounds for the central air vents and the iDrive control   system’s folding Control Display, which comes as part of the optional   Professional navigation system. Elsewhere, exquisite Fineline   Anthracite wood has been added to the selection of interior trim   strips available as an option for the new BMW Z4. The   BMW Z4 sDrive28i, BMW Z4 sDrive35i and BMW Z4 sDrive35is are offered   with Kansas leather trim, which is available as an option for the two   other models.

BMW Z4 2013

New variants have been added to the range of optional light-alloy   wheels as well, including newly designed 17-inch and 18-inch wheels in   V-spoke design, both of which will be combined with mixed tyres.

The engaging character of the Roadster as a driver’s tool is given   particular emphasis by the likewise optional M Sport package, which   contributes M Sport suspension, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M   aerodynamics package with large air intakes in the front wing and a   rear bumper inlay painted Anthracite metallic. Bringing an extra dose   of sporting flair into the interior, meanwhile, are features such as   sports seats, an M leather steering wheel, M driver’s footrest, M door   sill finishers and an anthracite-coloured roof liner. The Aluminium   Carbon trim strip, leather M gear lever knob and grey dials for the   instrument cluster lend the finishing touches to the interior   ambience. The new BMW Z4 sDrive35is comes as standard with a   model-specific version of the M Sport package.

Engines: BMW TwinPower Turbo technology at five output levels.

The BMW Z4 will be available with a larger, five-strong line-up of   petrol engines from launch, and customers will be able to choose from   three four-cylinder and two six-cylinder powerplants. Their most   significant shared feature is BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which   ensures an exceptionally effective balance between driving pleasure   and fuel consumption throughout the output range. All variants of the   new BMW Z4 already meet – as standard – the stipulations of the EU6   exhaust emissions standard due to come into force in 2014.

The BMW Z4 sDrive18i takes to the stage as the new entry-level model.   It is powered by a 2.0-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo   technology which develops maximum output of 115 kW/156 hp at   5,000 rpm. The new variant of the four-cylinder unit delivers peak   torque of 240 Newton metres (177 lb-ft) between 1,250 and 4,400 rpm.   The BMW Z4 sDrive18i is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual   gearbox, but an eight-speed sports automatic can also be ordered as an   option. The new model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in   7.9 seconds (automatic: 8.1 seconds) and hits a top speed of 221 km/h   / 137 mph (220 km/h / 136.5 mph). Average fuel consumption for the   BMW Z4 sDrive18i in the EU test cycle is 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres   (41.5 mpg imp) with both the manual and automatic gearbox. CO2   emissions stand at 159 grams per kilometre.

The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package for the new   BMW Z4 sDrive18i includes twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision   Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control and   Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. An identical   version of this technology package is also used in the engines –   likewise 2.0-litre units – under the bonnet of the BMW Z4 sDrive20i   and BMW Z4 sDrive28i. These engines can also be ordered with an   eight-speed sports automatic gearbox with shift paddles on the   steering wheel as an alternative to the standard-fitted six-speed   manual. The automatic has been optimised to deliver even better   acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph).

The existing engine variants – the sDrive20i, sDrive28i, sDrive35i   and sDrive35is – retain their places in the range.

Extensive comfort-enhancing equipment.

    The new BMW Z4 delivers the driving pleasure   customers have come to expect from the brand, fulfilling the desire   for both sporting ability and comfort. Drivers can use the   standard-fitted Driving Experience Control switch to select a   configuration to suit the situation at hand and satisfy personal   preferences. COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes can all be called up   using the rocker switch on the centre console. As well as adjusting   the responses of the engine and DSC stability system, the different   modes also alter the shift characteristics of the automatic gearbox,   the responses of the Servotronic function and the mapping of the   electronically controlled dampers, if these items are specified. These   modes allow the driver to choose from a selection of distinctive and   clearly differentiated set-ups for the car.

Other items of equipment fitted as standard are xenon headlights, air   conditioning, a heated glass rear window, the Soft Close Automatic   function for the boot lid and runflat tyres with a run-flat indicator.   The BMW Business radio – including CD player, AUX-IN socket and six   loudspeakers – is a standard feature in all the variants of the   Roadster, while customers can also choose from options including the   BMW Professional radio and the Professional hi-fi-system with   14 loudspeakers. The similarly optional Professional navigation system   enables high-resolution map graphics – complete with 3D view – on the   8.8-inch iDrive monitor. The navigation data for the system is stored   on an in-car hard disk, which also provides 12 GB of capacity for   personal music collections.

The range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from   BMW ConnectedDrive has also expanded once again. The new BMW Z4 can be   equipped with features such as a rain sensor, Adaptive Headlights and   High Beam Assistant. Cruise control with braking function and Park   Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear of the car are   also available. If the Professional navigation system is specified,   the ConnectedDrive Services option allows use of internet-based   information and entertainment services inside the car. This system   must be fitted to enable access to the BMW Online portal and apps   using the Control Display and iDrive Controller.

The Real Time Traffic   Information function is also on hand, supplying the driver with   congestion warnings and diversion recommendations in real time. Apple   iPhone owners can use BMW apps, for example, to receive web radio   stations, display Facebook and Twitter posts on the monitor and ask   for them to be read out. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive features   available for the new BMW Z4 also includes BMW TeleServices,   BMW Remote Services, Concierge Services and Intelligent Emergency Call   with automatic vehicle location and accident severity detection.