First look at the 2019 BMW Z4
The BMW Z4 M40i just made its first appearance at Pebble Beach, and without a doubt, it’s a beauty. BMW and Toyota secretly collaborated in developing this model structure, which they will share. Toyota will base the Supra Coupe on the same structure, which will feature a hard-top roof, while BMW chose an alternate route and went with a soft-top to save weight and transfer those lost kg’s into better vehicle performance and a larger 300-litre boot space for your baggage.
Exterior changes are not completely revolutionary, however, this 6th-gen Z4 looks a whole lot meaner and has more noticeable sharp lines compared to the curvier last-gen model. The interior is also very similar to this year’s 8-series model and has a great intuitive layout as per BMW standards.
The centre console contains clearly laid-out drive mode options, a start/stop button and a sliding compartment that will store and charge a phone wirelessly. The interior reflects the exterior; dashboard, doors, sports seats and the rest of the interior have aggressive, sharp lines, which will definitely remind you that you are in a Z4.
In our opinion, BMW took its best along with the results of the collaboration and created a machine that’s not only exciting to drive but also looks stunning and luxurious. Since it’s a flagship in this line, it will feature many of BMW’s top-line tech components found in other top-range models, so it’s clear the company didn’t cut corners when it came to the interior and car features.
For Americans, BMW will release a different engine model. Americans will get 382 BHP and 369 lb-ft (500nm) of torque compared to 340BHP and 369 lb-ft (500nm) of torque for Europeans due to new OPF regulations for a cleaner environment. The US model will reach 0-100kmh (0-60mph) in just under 4.4 seconds, and a European version will do nearly as well at an approximate 4.6 seconds. Under the heavy one-piece hood lies a 3-litre turbocharged straight 6 engine with a top speed of 250km/h, and let’s be honest, nobody’s going to attempt reaching top speed on Irish roads, right? This Z4 will rock a B58 engine, known for being at the “top of the game” amongst more recent BMW vehicles and which replaced the previous N55 model. This engine will make the vehicle one of the faster cars on Irish roads.