The never-ending tease is over. No more leaks, spy shots or concepts. BMW has finally lifted the covers off the new, third-generation Z4 roadster, developed alongside the Toyota Supra.
The sole variant revealed today is the M40i First Edition. Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six that produces 250kW of power (285kW in non-European markets) and 500Nm of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission and an electronically locking rear differential. It also comes with M Sport performance brakes, and boasts 50/50 weight distribution.
Aesthetically, the Z4 takes a lot of cues from the concept that debuted in 2017. The kidney grilles are blacked out and play a prominent role on the front of the car – below them is an M Sport front bumper like that of the 8 Series, with two black trim pieces giving it a more aggressive look. Around the back there are a super slim set of LED taillights, and a sporty boot and bumper design.
Inside, the Z4 looks pretty similar to the 8 Series revealed a few months ago, with a fully digital gauge cluster. The entire cabin is pointed towards the driver, with the iDrive screen integrated into a large black panel in the dash – it’s running BMW OS7.0, and can be operated through the touchscreen, voice control or via the rotary controller in the centre console.
For the first time in Z4 history, the third-generation model is available solely as a soft-top. No hardtop to be found here.
The First Edition trim offered at launch gets a load of comfort and luxury features, including adaptive LED headlights, adaptive sports suspension, electrically-adjustable Vernasca black leather sport seats, ambient cabin lighting, a Harmon Kardon sound system and a heads-up display. It also brings a number of unique styling elements, including Frozen Orange metallic paint, anthracite soft top, BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line (or black body trim for us Earthlings), black mirror caps and 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels.
More information, including details about the non-First Edition car and the rumoured turbo four-cylinder engine, will be revealed on September 19. The Z4 will make its public debut at the Pebble Beach Concord d’Elegance this week in California.