Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  2019 BMW Z4 First Look: Good Things, Small Packages
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

2019 BMW Z4 First Look: Good Things, Small Packages

Roadster makes long-awaited production debut in California

Manufacturer
Aug 23, 2018
Writer: Kelly Pleskot

We've waited a long time to see the final production version of the BMW Z4, which made its debut as a concept at last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Now the wait is over, as the Z4 has reemerged at the same event a year later in First Edition guise.

2019 BMW Z4 7 Photo 2/46   |   2019 BMW Z4 7

Introducing the new roadster line, the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition has a striking design. It doesn't feature the same gravity-defying beauty as the concept, but the production-spec Z4 keeps the most important design details intact. Like the concept, it features a low center of gravity, a long clamshell hood, side gills, and bold body lines across the doors, as well as a rear lip spoiler, rounded back end, and narrow taillights. The roadster has a mesh grille design and lower vents that are much tamer than those on the concept.

BMW says the First Edition model has unique accoutrements. The model receives a Frozen Orange Metallic paint color, 19-inch alloy wheels in a two-tone design, and black mirror caps. The 2019 Z4 First Edition will also include a head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, two high-resolution digital displays, and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.

Powering the roadster is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. BMW hasn't finalized output for the production model, but a prototype Motor Trend drove recently made 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That's up considerably from the 335 hp and 332 lb-ft produced by the old Z4 sDrive35is. BMW estimates the new Z4 M40i roadster can hit 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds. In addition to a powerful engine, the model also benefits from an M-tuned sport suspension.

MT recently drove a Z4 M40i prototype in France, and they were impressed. After a spin on the track, they wrote, "It only took one blast down the straight and two corners to realize that the Z4 M40i is a genuine sports car." Considering this was a near-production prototype, we have a good feeling we'll also like the final version once we get our hands on it.

BMW will launch the Z4 M40i in the second quarter of 2019. Earlier that spring, BMW will bring out the Z4 30i, a base model that will likely be powered by a turbo-four with at least 248 hp. Full details on the Z4 will be announced this September.

2019 BMW Z4 2 Photo 9/46   |   2019 BMW Z4 2
2019 BMW Z4 3 Photo 46/46   |   2019 BMW Z4 3
By Manufacturer
64 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Ted Ryon has always carried a torch for Datsun's long-nosed classic, in particular one he could turn into a resto-mod build and shoehorn a more modern RB straight-6 engine into.
Bob HernandezMar 27, 2020
A behind the scenes look at our photoshoot with Masataka Ikeda's AE86 and AE70 Corollas
Sam DuMar 27, 2020
It's not fair, pitting two of the finest examples of Z-car restomods against one another but that's what makes our SS Battle series so interesting.
RodrezMar 27, 2020
Looking for some automotive-themed diversions right about now? We bet you are. Looking for a deal? Aren’t we all. Then do we ever have an offer for you! For a limited time, new subscribers can sign up for the MotorTrend Streaming Service for just one dollar a month. What do you get for that buck?
Mike FloydMar 25, 2020
At a glance this Civic doesn't look like much. It's only upon close inspection that you really begin to see the gravity of this build and the years of experience the owner has brought to the table...
Sam DuMar 25, 2020
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP