BMW has given a bold new look to the Z3, one of its most popular pocket rockets to date.
When the BMW Z3 was first released in 1996 it changed the way many people viewed the German marque, one that had built its reputation on sensible, stable sedans. The fact that James Bond drove the Z3 in Goldeneye didn’t hurt its progress to icon status and the release of the Z4 in 2002 maintained the brand’s pursuit of roadster excellence.
That reputation continues with the arrival of the new Z4 M40i First Edition. With dynamic proportions, emotional design and fascinating sportiness, the open-top two-seater takes the classic roadster concept into the world of today and tomorrow. The new limited special edition of the roadster inspires not only with the agility, precision and dynamic handling characteristics that are so typical of BMW M Performance models but also with particularly sophisticated design and equipment features, including a body paintwork in Frozen Orange metallic.
The new edition of the roadster, based on the BMW Concept Z4 presented at Concours d’Elegance 2017 in Pebble Beach, features a puristic, dynamic and progressive design language. The central sitting position for the driver, the low centre of gravity, perfectly balanced 50:50 axle load distribution, wide tracks and a compact wheelbase form the ideal prerequisites for inspiringly agile handling and intense driving pleasure.
The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition fulfils these expectations in every aspect thanks to an extremely powerful 250 kW/340 hp, straight six-cylinder engine and a sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, an M Sport braking system and an electronically-controlled M Sport differential in the rear axle transmission. The BMW M Performance automobile takes a mere 4.6 seconds to sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h.
Vertically aligned headlights, the BMW kidney grille sporting a mesh design, the bonnet stretching sports car-like over the wheels, large air breathers on the front wheel arches and the distinctive spoiler integrated into the rear lid all contribute towards the characteristic look of the new BMW Z4. The design of the interior also places the focus on the puristic sportiness of the new BMW Z4. The driver-oriented cockpit styling is underscored by dynamic forward-oriented lines. Likewise, the clearly structured arrangement of all control elements enhances the focus on the driving experience inside the new BMW Z4.
Moreover, for a perfect start into a new roadster era, the new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition offers specific design and equipment features that add exclusive accents to the car’s sporty flair. The expressive body paintwork in Frozen Orange metallic is combined with an electrically operated textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect, the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, black exterior mirror caps and 19-inch light alloy wheels boasting a bicolour, double spoke design.
The interior of the edition model comprises Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, and a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System. Adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beams, while a BMW Head-Up Display features for the first time in a roadster and BMW Live Cockpit Professional offers the latest networking technology.
The world premiere of the BMW Z4 M40i First Edition in Pebble Beach offers an exclusive and fascinating foretaste of the forthcoming on-road debut of the new roadster generation, which will be revealed later this month.
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