After a long wait, endless spy shot appearances and a gorgeous Concept car later, BMW took the covers off the new-gen Z4 Roadster at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The third-gen of the Roadster arrived in the top-spec fully-loaded M40i guise. And now, BMW has revealed more pictures and details of the India-bound Z4 Roadster, so let us have a detailed look at it through the pictures.
Developed alongside Toyota and its iconic resurrected sportscar, the Supra, the Z4 carries an evolutionary design. It retains its ‘long bonnet-tight rear’ proportions.
However, the Z4 now ditches its complicated hard-top roof for a soft-top one. Compared to the outgoing model, the new Z4 also grows in dimension.
The two-seater also showcases a new iteration of BMW’s kidney grille having a mesh design instead of vertical louvres like the traditional styling.
The headlight's LEDs are ‘vertically aligned’ and the front bumper is busy with a lot of black inserts. The creases on the bonnet adds to its masculine appearance.
There is a large vertical vent on the front fender behind the wheels. The contrasting rollover hoop placed behind the seats are seen with the roof down.
At the rear, the sleek taillights dominate the taut rear with a sculpted deck-lip spoiler and petite diffuser. Overall, each element of the new Z4 is thoroughly modern.
The new Z4 uses the same CLAR platform as other Beemers and maintain a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
BMW is offering nine paint shaded for the Z4. But the soft-top´s only get a choice ofchoices are the black as standard or Anthracite with silver effect as an option.
The electrically operated soft-top can be opened or closed in ten seconds, even when travelling at up to 50kmph.
The driver-focused cockpit is typical BMW where everything is functional. There’s a floating screen sitting atop the dashboard and a digital instrument cluster.
There are cup holders in the centre console, whereas other features include two-zone climate control and ambient lighting.
The 10.25-inch infotainment screen features BMW Operating System 7.0 which is the most advanced version of BMW’s iDrive system.
The boot capacity is 281litres whether the soft-top is open or closed which is an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to the outgoing model.
The new Z4 is currently available with three engine options. The entry-level 2.0-litre in the sDrive20i guise produces 195bhp/320Nm hitting a ton in 6.6seconds
The other 2.0-litre engine in the sDrive30i variant produces 256bhp and 400Nm and does the 0-100kmph sprint in just 5.4seconds.
The top-spec Z4 M40i has a 3.0-litre straight-six under the hood and punches out 340bhp/500Nm capable of doing the same spring in 4.5seconds.
Sadly though, BMW has no plans of introducing a fully-blown M-Powered Z4M at the moment. But we believe that plonking the M2 powertrain in the Z4 can easily make this dream possible.
The Z4 20i and 30i sit on 17-inch wheels while the M40i comes with 18-inch as standard. The latter can be upgraded to 19-inches as well.
The previous-gen Z4 received an overwhelming response in India and BMW will surely bring the new Z4 here but we don’t expect it to reach our shores before 2020.