The Next-Generation Z4 - Lineup Confirmed

Full specs on the new 2019 BMW Z4 M40i and 30i released, along with details of a new 20i entry-level model.

Last month BMW unveiled the next-generation Z4 by showing us the top of the range M40i variant at Pebble Beach. Now BMW have given further details on the rest of the range. The Z4 plays an important role in BMW’s history, and this next-generation is set to write a new chapter in their roadster story.

We already know that the M40i is going to be powered by the twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six that is used in the M140i and M240i, and will produce 340bhp. As usual, the power will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF auto gear box, but what about the rest of the range?

Up next is the Z4 sDrive30i. Powering this car will be a new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that will produce 258bhp. Again, it will be fitted with the same eight-speed ZF auto gear box.

Last but not least, there will be an entry level Z4 sDrive20i. Using the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the 30i as a base, except it will be detuned to produce 197bhp. It will also use the eight-speed ZF auto gear box.

There are other differences across the range as well to set them all apart. An electronically controlled, mechanical limited-slip diff will be a standard fit item on the range topping M40i, but it’ll be an optional extra for sDrive30i customers and not available to those choosing the sDrive20i. The Adaptive M suspension and M Sport brakes that come from the M40i on the other hand will be options for both the 30i and 20i models.

According to BMW, no matter what spec you pick, each version in the range will feel sharper and have improved performance over the last generation Z4. This is thanks mostly to the next-generations perfect 50:50 weight distribution, stiffer chassis and its 85mm shorter wheelbase. BMW have created a car that is as sporty as it looks, combining their pure sporting pedigree with a wealth of highly advanced, top class equipment features on the driver assistance, operational and connectivity fronts with this car.

It’s all new externally as well, all the next-generation Z4 range features a powerfully sculpted front apron that include large air intakes, broad BMW signature kidney grilles and headlights positions at the outer edges to make the car unmistakable from the front. The headlights are LED units as standard for each model, and there is the optional Adaptive LED headlights that add a matrix function for the non-dazzling high beam and cornering lights.

The rest of the car doesn’t disappoint either, the elongated bonnet with arrow-shaped contour lines pointing at the kidney grilles give the car an instantly recognisable silhouette. Around the back, there is a set of slender, horizontally arranged, now customary to the brand, L-shaped tail-lights. The overall finish is a wide, low-slung, sporty appearance.

BMW have confirmed two trim levels on offer for the 30i and 20i, customers can pick from the Sport and the M Sport specs. The sport model will feature design elements around the car in high-gloss black and come with 18-inch light-alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the M Sport spec takes this further, include a three section air intake for the front apron, more prominent side skirts and a highly distinctive rear apron and side surrounds. There is the option of nine body colours and two soft-top colours for customers to pick from as well.

Moving to the interior, the cabin of the next-generation Z4 has been improved to mirror the cars new sharp driving style. The arrangement of the controls focus attention even more on the driving experience and both driver and passenger can settle into model-specific sports seats. Heated seats covered in leather are standard on all models and they come in a choice of four colours to help take the scope for individuality a step further. An optional wind deflector can be purchased and fits flush between the fixed rollover bars.

Comfort and practicality hasn’t been forgotten about either. The storage space behind the seats, the cup holders under the centre armrest and the large door pockets are features that make the roadster more practical when used regularly. Boot capacity is also not a worry, the next-generation Z4 comes with 281 litres whether the soft-top is open or closed – an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to the outgoing model.

The new Z4 is due to go on sale in the UK next spring, so keep an eye out for the Williams Group Launch event at one of our centres near you. And if you can’t wait for it to hit the showroom floor or are in the market for another BMW model, we have a wide range of new car offers at Williams Group BMW. Why not make an appointment with one of our centres?

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