By 19th Hole Staff | Sept. 20, 2018
BMW unveils the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster, which will arrive in March of 2019, and the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster, which will follow.
Agility, performance and precise handling have always been top priorities for the Z4 family, but the new two-seater’s body, powertrain, and chassis have received the most significant amount of development work to make sure the new Z4 Roadster arrives with a genuine sports car performance pedigree, and boasting a new soft top for reduced weight and increased cargo space.
If the chassis is the legs and muscles of a top performing athlete, then the engines are the heart and lungs. 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 explicitly developed 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.
Z4 sDrive30i: More power from the new four-cylinder engine
To complement the new chassis’ increased capabilities, the Z4 Roadster arrives in 2019 first 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 includes a High Precision Injection system whose maximum pressure has been increased to 350 bar / 5,076 psi. The result is a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 5.2 seconds.
Z4 M40i: BMW M Performance model with a straight-six engine
For those seeking even more exhilarating performance, the all-new 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster’s 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine delivers an instantaneous response, an appetite for revs and smoothness while offering an increase of 47 hp over its predecessor. The BMW Z4 M40i Roadster sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission
Both models of the new BMW Z4 Roadster, sDrive30i, and M40i come equipped with a standard eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel. Besides a more full ratio spread, the latest version of the automatic transmission offers even sportier gear shifts. 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’s power delivery.
New chassis: increased agility and comfort
The chassis technology in the new BMW Z4 Roadster has been developed to deliver the best possible agility and handling dynamics, thanks to a newly designed double-joint spring strut suspension at the front and a new five-link suspension in the rear, a first for a BMW Roadster.
Exterior: a new design language
Many significant details form the defining features of the all-new BMW Z4 Roadster. The combination of very notable lines and a clean-cut surface design create a very distinctive take on a sporting roadster. A sculpted front end with large air intakes, a low, broad BMW kidney, 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 long hood with arrow-shaped contour lines directed at the kidney grill straddles the wheel arches in a “clamshell” style characteristic of classic 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.
The new BMW Z4 Roadster isn’t just about classical roadster proportions and spirited driving – it is imbued with state-of-the-art features to pamper both driver and passenger alike. The options list contains a myriad of ways to customize the all-new BMW Z4 Roadster to suit the owner’s personal style.
The array of cutting-edge driver assistance systems available for the Z4 Roadster is unrivaled in this segment. They are designed to optimize specific aspects of comfort and safety and relieve the strain on the driver during both long-distance journeys and in city traffic. The list of options includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, the Lane Change, and Lane Departure Warning systems, as well as a Parking Assistant including Back-Up Assistant. The new BMW Z4 is also the first Roadster to be made available with an optional BMW Head-Up Display.