We Called It! BMW Launches All-New BMW Z4 Roadster
We called it way ahead of everybody else and we were right; BMW has confirmed that it is launching the all-new BMW Z4 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California today. At the much-anticipated annual motoring event, BMW will present the BMW Z4 M40i First Edition, a limited special edition of the roadster that "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." The all-new Z4 has the classic roadster stance, with its long hood and short rear deck, low center of gravity, perfect 50:50 weight distribution, wide tracks and a compact wheelbase. Underneath the bonnet is a modern interpretation of BMW's classic 3.0-liter straight six-cylinder engine that produces 340 hp through the rear wheels. Providing pure driving pleasure for the Z4 M40i First Edition are its sports suspension with electronically-controlled dampers, M Sport braking system, and an electronically-controlled M Sport rear differential. Working in unison, all these mechanical wizardry propels the latest M Performance car from 0 to 100 kph in 4.6 seconds.
The design of the all-new Z4 is faithful to the Z4 Concept BMW unveiled at the same venue a year ago. Prominent design features of the production Z4 are the vertically-aligned adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam, the BMW kidney grille with its mesh design, air extractors on the front wheel arches, and the spoiler integrated into the rear deck. Inside, the all-new Z4 is typically BMW with its driver-oriented cockpit with the center stack angled toward the driver while the BMW Head-Up Display is featured for the first time in a roadster. For the Z4 M40i First Edition, BMW has fitted it with specific design and equipment features that are exclusive to it, starting with the Frozen Orange Metallic paintwork and an electrically-operated textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect. Other exclusive bits to the Z4 M40i First Edition are the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, black exterior mirror caps and 19-inch bicolor double spoke-design light alloy wheels for the exterior while inside, it has the Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching, electrically-adjustable seats with memory function, an ambient light option, and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System. The full details and specifications of the all-new BMW Z4, including its other engine variants and diverse equipment features, will be released on September 19, while its worldwide market launch will be in the second quarter of 2019.