11:46AM, Monday 03 September 2018
More than 80 years after the first BMW roadster went on sale, the latest of its two-seat sports cars has been unveiled.
The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California last week.
BMW said the new edition, based on the BMW Concept Z4 presented at the same event in 2017, ‘inspires not only with the agility, precision and dynamic handling characteristics that are typical of BMW M Performance models, but also with particularly sophisticated design and equipment features’.
It features a central sitting position for the driver, a low centre of gravity, a balanced 50:50 axle load distribution, wide tracks and a compact wheelbase.
The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition comes with a powerful 340hp, straight six-cylinder engine and a sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport differential in the rear axle transmission.
The BMW M Performance automobile takes 4.6 seconds to sprint from a standstill to 62mph. Vertically aligned headlights, the BMW kidney grille sporting a mesh design, the bonnet stretching sports car-like over the wheels, large air breathers on the front wheel arches and the distinctive spoiler integrated into the rear lid all contribute towards the characteristic look of the car.
The design of the interior also places the focus on the sportiness of the new BMW Z4. Forward-oriented lines underscore the driver-oriented cockpit styling. Likewise, the clearly structured arrangement of all control elements enhances the focus on the driving experience inside the new BMW Z4.
The expressive body paintwork in Frozen Orange metallic is combined with an electrically operated textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect, the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, black exterior mirror caps and 19-inch light alloy wheels boasting a bicolour, double spoke design.
The interior of the edition model comprises a Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, the option ambient light and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System. Adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam, BMW Head-Up Display featured for the first time in a roadster and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional offering the latest networking technology underpin the advanced status the tradition-steeped concept of a two-seater, open-top sports car has reached with the new BMW Z4.
BMW will announce all details of further engine variants, technical innovations and the equipment features of the two-seater on September 19.
This will be followed a short time later by the trade fair premiere of the new BMW Z4 at the Mondial de l’Automobile (October 4-14) in Paris.
The worldwide market launch will commence in the spring of 2019.
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