Here's the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i Up Close and Personal

New 2019 BMW Z4 Revealed

New 2019 BMW Z4 Revealed

"The new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition inspires with its sophisticated design and equipment features, including an exclusive and striking body paintwork in Frozen Orange metallic".

Just a glance at the new BMW Z4's proportions leaves no doubt about its dynamic potential.

The previous Z4 featured a folding metal-roof and although the engineering which powered and stowed that structure was impressive, metal is heavier than fabric and takes up a fair bit more space in the boot when folded away. As for the suspension, it comes with an M Sport suspension setup with electronically controlled dampers.

Despite being larger than the outgoing Z4 (including a 70mm increase in width), the new drop-top is also said to be around 50kg lighter than its predecessor, indicating that the range-topping M40i trim will weigh less than 1,500kg.

The design of the interior also places the focus on the puristic sportiness of the new BMW Z4. Lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels complete the sporty look.

The interior of the Z4 features a new driver-centric dashboard with technology borrowed from BMW's sedans.

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"Finished in Frozen Grey, the sporty lines and shapes of the new auto give a sign to its driving style", the vlogger reports after seeing the Z4 M40i in person. The Z4 M40i First Edition will also come with BMW's Live Cockpit Professional, a digital gauge cluster with two displays. A more affordable variant with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in the 20i guise will be added to the line-up later.

According to the company, the Z4 M40i can reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill in an estimated 4.4 seconds. In profile, the Z4 looks like a roadster should.

The M40i is powered by a BMW signature, 3.0-litre straight-six engine that produces 340PS of max power.

In this configuration, BMW chose the eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF over the more traditional stick shift. While rumours had suggested that all-wheel-drive would be on offer with the new Z4, BMW officials confirmed that it will be sold exclusively in rear-wheel-drive form. BMW has showcased the Z4 in the top-spec M40i variant First Edition and, for the first time ever, an M performance variant.

BMW's desire with the new Z4 is a return to its traditional roadster appeal, which means a auto which is lighter, agiler and rewarding to drive at the limit. In traditional roadster fashion, power is sent to the rear wheels only.

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