2019 BMW Z4 Review, Release Dates, Prices

Following the unveiling of the all-new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition Roadster, BMW unveils the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster, which arrive in March of 2019. Agility, performance and precise handling have always been top priorities for the Z4 family but the new two-seater body, powertrain and chassis have received the greatest amount of development work to make sure the new Z4 Roadster arrives with a genuine sports car performance pedigree.

The all-new BMW Z4 Roadster has gone through a thoroughly complete training program and features two new powerful TwinPower Turbocharged engines and brand new front and rear suspensions developed specifically for the Roadster. The rigid body structure, chassis mounting points, along with the intelligent lightweight design and optimized aerodynamic properties deliver the perfect platform to provide the driver with a Roadster capable of tackling the most challenging tracks while at the same time providing increased levels of comfort for top down cruising along the coast.

The new 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster has a low-slung, sporty and athletic appearance when viewed from any angle. The proportions have grown in every area over its predecessor: 3.3 inches longer, 2.9 inches wider and 0.5 inches taller. The wheelbase has been shortened by 1.0 inch which, combined with the notably wider tracks (+3.86 inches in front and +2.45 inches in rear) and a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, all contribute to the much enhanced vehicle agility.

POWERTRAIN

To complement the new chassis’ increased capabilities, the new 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster arrives with a new, more powerful 2.0 liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged motor featuring an increase of 15 hp and an impressive 35 lb-ft of torque over its predecessor. The updated BMW engine package include a High Precision Injection system whose maximum pressure has been increased to 350 bar / 5,076 psi. The TwinScroll turbocharged engine under the hood of the new BMW Z4 sDrive30i delivers an output of 255 hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, with peak torque of 295 lb-ft. available from 1,550 up to 4,400 rpm. The result is a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 5.2 seconds.

For those seeking even more exhilarating performance, the BMW Z4 M40i Roadster 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine delivers instantaneous response, an appetite for revs and smoothness while offering an increase of 47 hp over its predecessor. The new 6-cylinder engine standout features include a water-cooled exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, quicker TwinScroll turbocharger response and direct injection technology which now works at increased maximum pressure of 350 bar / 5,076 psi. Drivers have 382 hp at their disposal between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, plus 369 lb-ft. of peak torque from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. The BMW Z4 M40i Roadster sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

Both models equipped with a standard eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel. Besides a wider ratio spread, the latest version of the automatic transmission offers even sportier gear shifts. The shorter ratios for the transmission lower gears improve acceleration and the unit’s improved internals allow it to operate more efficiently. The transmission features Launch Control for accelerating hard from a standing start with maximum traction. The eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission fitted in the BMW Z4 M40i has been configured with M-specific shift characteristics to complement the straight-six engine power delivery.

The Adaptive M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes and M Sport differential, standard on the Z4 M40i Roadster and optional on the Z4 sDrive30i, raise the car’s already impressive handling bar to even greater heights. With these chassis systems on board, the differences in the car’s responses between the COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes, selected with the Driving Experience Control switch, are particularly noticeable. Featuring a 10 mm lower ride height, the Adaptive M Sport suspension includes electronically controlled dampers, which offer both comfortable and more aggressive ride and handling dynamics. The electronically controlled M Sport rear differential gives the handling of the 2019 BMW Z4 an even sharper sporting edge. An electric motor generates a locking effect in the differential that equalizes torque distribution between the inside and outside rear wheels when cornering, making it possible to power out of bends with greater momentum. The active differential lock also works effectively in reducing both understeer and oversteer.

Model

Z4 sDrive30i

Z4 M40i

Drive type

RWD

RWD

Engine type

B46

B58

Cylinders

4

6

Valves per cylinder

4

4

Stroke

94.6 mm

94.6 mm

Bore

82 mm

82 mm

Displacement

1998 cm³

2998 cm³

Compression rate

10.2:1

11:1

Engine power

255 hp @ 5,000 - 6,500 rpm

382 hp @ 5,000 - 6,500 rpm

Engine torque

295 ft. lbs. @ 1,500-4,400 rpm

369 ft. lbs. @ 1,600 – 4,500 rpm

Fuel type

gasoline

gasoline

Recommended Fuel

Premium

Premium

Engine oil capacity

5.25 quarts

6.5 quarts

Output per liter

129.1 hp/liter

127.4 hp/liter

Transmission type

8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Power-steering type

EPS

EPS

Steering ratio

15.1:1

15.1:1

Tires 18” std front

225/45R18 95Y

255/40R18 95Y

Tires 18” std rear

255/40R18 99Y

275/40R18 99Y

Wheels 18” std front

8.0J x 18 LM

9.0 x 18 LM

Wheels 18” std rear

9.0J x 18 LM in.

10.0J x 18 LM in.

​​ Track, front

63.7 in.

62.8 in.

​​ Rear, track

63.5 in.

62.6 in.

PERFORMANCE

 

Top speed

155 mph

155 mph

Zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec

3.9 sec

EPA (City/Hway/Com)

25 / 32 / 28

TBD

 

EXTERIOR

A number of signature details form the defining features of the 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster. The combination of very notable lines and a clean-cut surface design create a very distinctive take on sporting roadster. A sculpted front end with large air intakes, a low, broad BMW kidney grill and headlights positioned at the outer edges showcase BMW’s new design direction. The new mesh-design BMW kidney grill combines a track-inspired honeycomb pattern with a three-dimensional structure, whose elements have a vertical arrangement reminiscent of traditional BMW kidney grill bars. The design of the headlight units are a first for the brand, with the two light sources positioned one above the other. The vertical design is cut off at the top by a diagonal accent strip with integral direction indicator. The new BMW Z4 Roadster is equipped with LED headlights as standard and Adaptive LED headlights available as an option.

The long hood with arrow-shaped contour lines directed at the kidney grill straddles the wheel arches in a characteristic of classical sports cars of the past. An upper character line runs from the bottom of the hood to the tail lights. A second, lower character line emerges from the large air vents behind the front wheel arches. This interplay of surfaces mimics the flow of air sweeping along the new Z4.

The trunk lid’s integrated spoiler and the slender, horizontally arranged light assemblies in the BMW brand’s customary L-shape help to give the tail of the new BMW Z4 Roadster a wide, road-hugging appearance. The rear end’s powerful look is strengthened by the side surrounds and the trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes flanking the eye-catching diffuser.

COLORS & PACKAGES

The 2019 BMW Z4 offers a choice of eight colors for the exterior, including Frozen Grey for M Sport models. The interior choices include both SensaTec and Vernasca leather with a special Vernasca/Alcantara upholstery available for M Sport vehicles. The soft-top roof comes in Black as standard and Anthracite with silver effect as an option. It is electrically operated and can be opened or closed in the space of ten seconds, at speeds up to 31 mph.

The Z4 sDrive30i arrives with Sport Line as standard. Further performance enhancements for this model include the optional M Sport or Track Handling packages. The highlights of the M Sport package include a three-section air intake for the front apron, prominent side skirt contouring, a rear apron with highly distinctive side surrounds, 19-inch M light-alloy wheels, M Sport or Adaptive M suspension, an M Sport steering wheel and Active Driving Assistant. The Track Handling package includes M Sport brakes, Adaptive M suspension and the M Sport differential.

INTERIOR

The driver-focused cockpit design and clear arrangement of the controls help drivers of the 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster concentrate on the main job at hand; enjoying the journey. The engine Start/Stop button has been incorporated into the control panel on the center console, whose styled surface is also home to the gear selector, the iDrive Controller, the Driving Experience Control switch, as well as the Electric Parking Brake and the switch for the electrically operated soft-top roof. The optional two-zone automatic climate control allows the temperature and ventilation settings to be adjusted separately for the driver and passenger side. Automatically dimming and folding exterior mirrors are available, as is Comfort Access. With this feature fitted, the soft-top can be operated using the car key.

The optional ambient lighting brings a soothing mood to the cabin. LED fiber-optic lighting in the instrument panel accent strips provide indirect illumination of the center console edging. The color and brightness of the lighting effect are adjusted in the iDrive menu. The standard hi-fi audio system offers a total of ten speakers and output of 205 watts. For a more impressive aural experience, there is the Harman Kardon surround sound system complete with digital amplifier, 12 speakers and 464-watts.

The 2019 BMW Z4 comes standard with electric sports seats featuring integral head rests. The seat rails have been extended in length by 0.9 inches over those in the predecessor model, allowing the seats to be adjusted over a greater range. The optional M sports seats include electro-pneumatic backrest width adjustment to optimize lateral support through high-speed corners.

The practicality of the new BMW Z4 Roadster has been increased by a storage space behind the seats with a retaining net, large cupholder under the center armrest cover (which folds open in two sections) and roomy door pockets. The trunk capacity is 9.9 cu. ft. ​​ (with the soft-top open or closed), an increase of more than 50 percent compared to the previous Z4. An optional trunk through-loading system extends the possibilities for handling longer items during everyday use and when going away on trips.

Model

Z4 sDrive30i

Z4 M40i

​​ Seats

2

2

​​ Number of Doors

2

2

​​ Drive type

RWD

RWD

​​ Length

170.7 in.

170.7 in.

​​ Width

73.4 in.

73.4 in.

​​ Height

51.4 in.

51.4 in.

​​ Width including mirrors

79.7 in.

79.7 in.

​​ Wheelbase

97.2 in.

97.2 in.

​​ Ground clearance

4.7 in.

4.7 in.

​​ Turning radius

18 ft.

18 ft.

​​ Shoulder width front

54.3 in.

54.3 in.

​​ Legroom front

42.2 in.

42.2 in.

​​ Headroom front

38.9 in.

38.9 in.

​​ Cargo volume (EPA)

9.9

9.9

​​ Fuel Tank capacity

13.7 gall

13.7 gall

​​ Curb weight

3287 lbs.

3,443 lbs.

​​ Gross vehicle weight

3880 lbs.

4,092 lbs.

 

SAFETY FEATURES

The highly advanced nature of the 2019 BMW Z4 is further underlined by the class-leading variety of offered driver assistance systems. Forward Collision Warning and the Daytime Pedestrian Detection with City Braking function come as standard, as does the Lane Departure Warning system. The list of options includes the Driving Assistance Package featuring Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, the Speed Limit Info system, the Active Blind Spot Detection, plus Rear Collision Protection and Cross-Traffic Alert.

The range of functions also includes the Back-up Assistant, which offers the highly convenient option of automated reversing in situations where there is little margin for error or the driver does not have a clear view. To do this, the system stores the steering movements for the section of road the car has just driven forward. It then traces these last forward movements when reversing and keeps the car on exactly the same path for a distance of up to 150 feet. All the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals and keep an eye on the area around the car.

The 2019 BMW 330i arrives in March 2019 with a starting price of $49,700 plus $995 destination and handling.

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