All-New BMW Z4 Roadster Makes Official Debut

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

Following up on the Z4 Concept that debuted last year during the Pebble Beach festivities, BMW is officially showing off the production version of its Z roadster, although not all details have been fully uncovered.

This is the limited, BMW Z4 M40i First Edition, done up in the gorgeous Frozen Orange Metallic paint finish and a dark electrically operated soft top. There are big 19-inch wheels hiding M-performance brakes, and high gloss black accents help complete the visually striking car.

Unmistakeable as a driver’s car, this vehicle features space for just two in a high tech cabin laden with neat displays and features.

But we can already see all of these features, what’s next is to know whats under the hood. An impressive 340 hp six-cylinder engine is in use allowing a 4.6-second sprint to 62 MPH. Some publications are expecting more power to the rear wheels when the car is fully revealed, and a four-cylinder option will also likely be available too. There’s only an eight speed automatic transmission at play here though.

There are also electronically controlled dampers and an electronically controlled differential for this rear-wheel-drive droptop. Enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Z4 has a 50/50 weight distribution, which is always needed in a fun to drive sports car.

Not many more details are left to share at this time, as BMW is going to reveal full technical specifications next month and further details during the Paris Motor Show, but at least we have a better understanding of how BMW is maintaining its slogan as the ultimate driving machines.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • XIVIx XIVIx on Aug 24, 2018

    There is something that reminds me by the Stinger. But doesn't look sharp enough for me.

  • K03sport K03sport on Aug 25, 2018

    how very BMW of, how much bigger is this new Z4 compared to the Z4 it replaced? Is it getting bigger, and fatter to the point it could be a Z5? Hope it ages well.