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2019 BMW Z4: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Contributing Editor - August 24, 2018
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The BMW Z4 roadster is back or at least it is on its way. At an August 2018 reveal in Pebble Beach, California, the automaker introduced an all-new 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition model. This open-top two-seater is the latest model in a series of BMW Z Roadsters, which were first launched three decades earlier.

BMW’s latest roadster builds on that long tradition, by delivering a deliciously athletic body with a long hood, a comfortable cabin compartment and a short rear deck. The automaker claims a perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity, important elements for delivering a driver’s car.

The Z4 has vertically stacked headlights, a mesh twin-kidney grille, carved inlets and a clamshell hood. Along each side, air breathers on the front wheel arches and fluidic sculpting are functional and sporting characteristics of note. The wide rear deck features a trunk lip spoiler, thin wraparound taillights and a diffuser with a pair of trapezoidal exhaust finishers.

The driver-focused interior, as far as the Z4 M40i First Edition is designed, features black leather-wrapped seats with decorative stitching, electrically adjustable seats and a Harman Kardon audio system. Some other important features of note include an electrically operated soft-top roof, a digital instrument panel, a wide infotainment monitor and a head-up display.

2019 BMW Z4

BMW will offer the 2019 Z4 in 30i and M40i trims. We don’t know details about the standard model’s engine, but we do know that the M40i will have a power-enhanced version of BMW’s heralded 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. The automaker says that this model will have a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and will benefit from an M-tuned sports suspension with electronically adjustable dampers and a rear differential, as well as an M Sport braking system.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

Full specifications and pricing details will be announced on Sept. 18, 2018. The all-new 2019 BMW Z4 30i will go on sale next spring. The BMW Z4 M40i (including the First Edition) will arrive in the second quarter.

The new model shares its architecture with the upcoming Toyota Supra. Competing models include the Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SL and SLC Roadsters, and the Porsche Boxster convertible.

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