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We’ll be the first ones to say that the current BMW Z4 is by far the sportiest and nicest looking Z4 BMW has produced. Long time BMW tuner Hartge has entered the fray tuning the inside, outside and performance of the new Z4.
At the top of the list is an ECU upgrade for the turbocharged roadster, pushing horsepower to 350-hp from the factory 306-hp. It also eliminates the speed limiter and helps blast the Z4 to a 4.7 second 0-62 mph time. It’s currently available for $2,600 and Hartge promises minimal change in your MPG. How thoughtful of them.
On the outside is Hartge’s Classic 3 wheel, a refreshed version of their popular Hartge Classic wheel. A staggered setup has been bolted on with 20×9-inch in the front and 20×10-inch in the rear. Suspension upgrades lower the Z4 a subtle .8-inch in the front while the rear benefits with a real minor .4-inch lowering.
Familiar styling comes with Hartge’s front lip and rear spoiler along with Hartge emblems and decals. We’ve never been a huge fan of Hartge’s exterior body kits but we think this one is a killer addition to the already aggressive Z4.
And for those looking for a little luxury, a special wind deflector is available made of single-layer safety glass. Other interior upgrades are pretty standard with pedals, steering wheel and floor mats.
GALLERY: Hartge BMW Z4
Official press release available after the break.
Things have gotten very interesting in Japan now that many tuners are expanding the term JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) to encompass European vehicles. Japanese tuner 3D Design specializes in tuning BMW s and has made quite the splash in its young American presence. The company is already quite popular with the newer model E90 and E92 crowd, many of whom probably grew up modifying Hondas and Acuras. Taking the simple JDM philosophy and applying it to German vehicles, 3D Design has manufactured lip add-ons that are appreciated for their simplicity and Japanese origin.