Pebble Beach is kicking off and the big reveals are starting to roll out. One of the first out of the gate is BMW as they finally revealed their new Z4 roadster and it looks, well, not happy.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually really like the styling but I can’t help but look at the front of this car and get the feeling that it’s trying to cuss me out.
I’m ok with it though; it has spirit!
Okay so what’s the deal with this car really? The answer is that this new Z4 is supposed to be the fulfillment of a promise made by BMW last year when they revealed the original concept of this car (also at Pebble Beach) that they would deliver one of the most bad-ass roadsters ever made.
It certainly looks the part with its angry LED headlights, even more angry BMW “kidney” grills, blacked-out 19-inch alloy wheels, and its “Frozen Orange Metallic” paint job (which will only be on the “first edition” models).
Though as we all know, merely looking the part is not enough. Currently remains to be seen if it actually fits the role. When it comes to hard facts and figures we still don’t know a whole lot about the 2019 Z4 but we do have a few tidbits of info.
First, BMW aimed for 50:50 weight balance and they claim that they’ve achieved it. If so, that is a pretty big deal for a small roadster.
With perfect (or near perfect) weight balance this roadster could potentially handle like a slot car when its on track. Though again, we’ll have to wait and see.
When it comes to the powerplant we only know the bare minimum details. It will definitely have a 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine.
While they haven’t revealed how much horsepower that engine has, they do claim it will be powerful enough to get the Z4 from 0 to 60mph in 4.4 seconds which (depending on its weight) could be quite impressive.
When it comes to the interior this Z4 has all the gadgets, tech, and creature comforts you’d expect from a 2019 sports car.
Black leather upholstery? Check. Electronic seats with memory? Check. Harmon Kardon surround sound system? Check. Dual high-resolution digital displays? Double-check.
Though it should be noted that some of those features like the black leather, seem to be exclusive to the “first edition” model. It also isn’t stated if any of the other features I mentioned come standard or not.
While its a bummer that BMW didn’t reveal a whole lot of hard details about the new Z4, the good news is they announced that they will reveal specs and more info next month on September 18th.
What do you think of the 2018 BMW Z4 so far? Do you like the styling? How much horsepower do you think it will/should have? Let us know in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
For more info on the new Z4 check out the press release below and just click any of the thumbnails above or in the photo gallery (which is also below).
2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition Gallery
Pebble Beach, CA – August 23 10:30am PST…Today, BMW unveiled the all-new 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition, the latest chapter in the history of BMW Z Roadsters which began thirty years ago with the production of the BMW Z1. With athletic proportions and a new emotional design language, the open-top two-seater takes the classic roadster concept into the world of tomorrow.
The latest generation of the BMW Roadster celebrates its World Premiere at precisely the same location that served as the stage for the World Premiere of the BMW Concept Z4 last year: The Reviewing Stand of the world renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where on Sunday one outstanding automobile will be presented with the prestigious Best in Show trophy. During the presentation last year, BMW Group Design Chief Adrian van Hooydonk stated “The BMW Concept Z4 Roadster is a promise of a production version planned for the future”. That future has now arrived.
With its pure and progressive design, the BMW Concept Z4 Roadster presented a vision of a charismatic sports car which now becomes a production car reality. Just a glance at the all-new BMW Z4’s proportions leaves no doubt about its sporting potential. The central sitting position for the driver, the low center of gravity, perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution; the new BMW Z4 fulfils these expectations in every aspect.
Vertically stacked headlights, the BMW kidney grille sporting a mesh design, the long clamshell hood stretching over the front wheels, large air breathes on the front wheel arches and the distinctive spoiler integrated into the rear lid all contribute towards the characteristic look of the new BMW Z4. The design of the interior places the focus on the pure sports driving enjoyment of the new BMW Z4. The driver-oriented cockpit styling is underscored by dynamic forward-oriented lines. Likewise, the clearly structured arrangement of all control elements enhances the focus on the driving experience inside the new BMW Z4.
For a perfect start into a new roadster era, the new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition offers specific design and equipment features that add exclusive accents to the car’s sporty flair. 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 two-tone, double spoke design. The interior of the First Edition model features Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching, electrically adjustable seats with memory function and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System. Adaptive LED headlights, BMW Head-Up Display featured for the first time in a BMW roadster and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional with two high resolution digital displays, offering the latest networking technology underpin the advanced status of the tradition-steeped two-seater, open-top sports car interpretation that is being presented by BMW in the all-new Z4 Roadster.
Power for the new Z4 M40i First Edition Roadster is provided by an updated version of BMW’s iconic 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder engine producing enough horsepower and torque to propel the BMW Z4 M40i from 0-60mph in under 4.4 seconds (estimated). A BMW M tuned sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential will ensure that this latest M Performance Model can carve through the twists of the Laureles Grade as effortlessly as cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur.
Full Z4 model details and specifications to be announced on September 18, 2018. The all-new 2019 BMW Z4 30i will arrive in U.S. BMW Centers in Spring 2019 with the BMW Z4 M40i (including the First Edition) arriving in the Second Quarter.