2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Detailed, Launches in March

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The 2019 BMW Z4 was unveiled last month sporting an aggressive look that takes the roadster in a bold new direction. But until now, BMW has been light on details, especially regarding the base engine option.

On sale starting March 2019, the 2019 Z4 will initially launch with the sDrive30i variant, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Z4 M40i will follow afterwards in the second quarter packing a 3.0-liter turbo I-6 that has now been confirmed to make 382 hp and 369 lb-ft, the same as the prototype we drove earlier this year. An eight-speed automatic will be the only transmission available. BMW says the Z4 sDrive30i can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds while the M40i will do the deed in 4.4 seconds.

Compared to its predecessor, the 2019 Z4 is 3.3 inches longer, 2.9 inches wider, and 0.5 inch taller. However, its wheelbase is 1.0 inch shorter. The car rides on a new platform with double-jointed front spring struts and a five-link rear suspension, which BMW says is a first for its roadster lineup. Suspension components are now made of aluminum to help cut weight. To further improve handling, the Z4 will come standard with a new steering system with variable power assist and ratio to improve precision and ease low-speed maneuvering. Of course, the Z4 is best known to Toyota fans as the jointly developed platform-mate to the Supra.



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To distinguish the Z4 M40i from the less power Z4 sDrive30i, it gets an adaptive M suspension with a 10-mm lower ride height, M Sport brakes, and an M Sport differential as standard. These features are also available on the Z4 sDrive30i as options. Three modes will be available, including Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. Electronically controlled dampers come with the M Sport suspension, which enables the driver to pick between a softer ride or sharper handling. All 2019 Z4s will come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, and if you pick the optional 19s, you also get staggered-width summer tires that are wider at the rear.

Standard active driver assistance tech includes collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. Blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, rear cross-traffic alert, and a new rear collision protection system are optional.



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