The new BMW Z4 in the United Kingdom







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 20, 2012
Categories: BMW, BMW Z4

BMW has revealed a new version of the popular Z4 roadster which  will go on sale in March, 2013 – 80 years after we first offered such  an exciting concept.

BMW Z4

Currently BMW’s only two seat drop-top to be  offered, the BMW Z4 now comes with a new entry-level sDrive18i, while  at the same time the Pure Traction Design package boasts a level of  sophistication and high specification not seen on a Z4 before.

Model Price from Power Hp Torque   Nm Zero – 62mph Seconds

0 - 62

Top Speed        Mph Combined        Mpg CO2 Emissions g/km

 

BMW Z4sDrive18i £27,610 156 240 7.9        (8.1) 137 41.5 159
BMW Z4 sDrive20i £29,710 184 270 6.9 146        (144) 41.5 159
BMW Z4 sDrive28i £34,095 245 350 5.7        (5.5) 155* 41.5 159
BMW Z4 sDrive35i £39,915 306 400 5.2        (5.1) 155* 30.1 (31.4) 219 (210)
BMW Z4 sDrive35is £45,795 340 450 (4.8) 155* 31.4 210

* Electronically-limited. Figures in brackets denote car with  automatic gearbox or Double Clutch Transmission.

The new BMW Z4 sDrive18i engine heralds a new entry point into BMW Z4  ownership. Priced from £27,610 OTR this new derivative uses a de-tuned  version of an existing 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-scroll  turbocharged   engine. Producing 156hp at 5,000rpm from its 1,997cc  powerplant the   car is capable of zero to 62mph time of 7.9 seconds  before going on to   a top speed of 137mph. It manages to do this  while still recording   41.5mpg and emissions of just 159g/km.

Some of the existing engines have also received enhancements to  improve their overall performance. The BMW Z4 sDrive20i comes with a  184hp engine that achieves 41.5mpg and 159g/km CO2. The model is the  most   popular derivative of Z4 currently accounting for 80 per cent  of sales.

BMW Z4 United Kingdom

Further up the range and the four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged  sDrive28i, and the six-cylinder twin-turbocharged sDrive35i and the  sDrive35is offer customers greater performance courtesy of their  respective 245hp, 306hp and 340hp power outputs. All cars are rated at  an electronically-limited 155mph top speed.

Transmitting the power to the road is a six-speed manual   gearbox as  standard. Customers can also specify an eight-speed   automatic with  gear shift paddles located on the steering wheel, while   buyers of  the BMW Z4 sDrive35is have a seven-speed Double Clutch   Transmission,  again with gear shift paddles, as standard.

EfficientDynamics All of the latest BMW Z4s come as standard with facets of BMW’s  award-winning EfficientDynamics programme. Technologies that improve  engine performance while enhancing economy and cutting emissions  include Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering with  Servotronic, Reduced Rolling Resistance Tyres, on-demand control of  the engine’s ancillaries and Optimum Shift Indicator on manual  transmission cars. The BMW Z4 also adheres to a philosophy of  lightweight construction with the front suspension and subframe being  largely made from aluminium.

A new look Design wise the winning formula of the BMW Z4 styling has only  had minor enhancements mid-life. The headlights now include white LED  corona rings and a white ‘eyebrow’ with additional chrome detailing,  while in profile the side gill features chrome detailing and LED side  repeater lights.

Building on the striking looks of the BMW Z4 is the introduction of  the Pure Traction Design package. Available exclusively in Valencia  Orange with an optional black contrast roof the model also comes with  Sport seats in Alcantara and leather with contrast stitching,  Anthracite headlining and a unique metal weave interior trim. Should a  customer wish to have another exterior colour this can be offered  though. The Pure Traction Design package costs from £550 up to £2,240  depending on the model within the Z4 range it is order on. SE and M  Sport derivatives will continue to be offered.

Standard equipment across all models now includes DAB radio, Xenon  headlights, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and Sport multi-function  steering wheel. All models apart from the new entry-level sDrive18i SE  come with Kansas leather upholstery as standard. Three new colours of  Mineral Grey, Glacier Silver and Valencia Orange are offered while two  new styles of alloy wheel, 17-inch and an 18-inch V-spoke styling  wheel are available.

These enhancements build on an already strong offering. The BMW Z4  was the first roadster in BMW’s history to come with a two-piece,  electro-hydraulically operated Retractable Hard-Top roof that can be  raised or lowered in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 20mph. The new  roadster was also the first   vehicle to be offered with Adaptive M  Suspension. Electronically   controlled dampers offer three different  configurations while the ride height is lowered by 10mm for a more  dynamic drive.

The standard Drive Performance Control function was another first and  this allows the driver to alter, depending on model specification, the  throttle and steering response, level of ride comfort, Dynamic  Stability Control response and, on automatic or Double Clutch  Transmission cars, gear change times.

The new BMW Z4 goes on sale March, 2013 with prices starting from  £27,610 OTR rising to £45,795 OTR.