BMW have released a new set of photos of the new E89 BMW Z4 Roadster, this time of a very good looking blue-coloured specimen. Looking at it really reminds me of the blue BMW Z4 M Coupe that I used to always see in the BMW Malaysia parking lot in Cyberjaya, a car which I once drove all the way up to Kedah to see race against an airplane on an airstrip, unfortunately that didn’t happen!
Three models of the E89 Z4 will be available in the UK market. First up is the BMW Z4 sDrive23i which comes with a 2.5 litre magnesium alloy engine with Double VANOS dual variable valve timing and Valvetronic variable valve lift, producing 204 horsepower and 250Nm of torque. Even this baseline model goes to 100km/h in just 6.6 seconds, while having a combined mpg rating of 33.2 and emissions of 199g/km.
The middle child for now is the BMW Z4 sDrive30i, which somehow has managed to keep the same combined mpg and emissions ratings as the sDrive23i model. This one puts out 258 horses and 310Nm of torque from as low as 2,600rpm, and it goes up to 100km/h in 5.8 seconds.
The peak performer is the BMW Z4 sDrive35i, fitted with the N54 twin turbocharged inline-6 engine (which has now been sort of phased out by the slightly better performing single turbo N55 in the 535i GT) producing 306 horsepower and 400Nm of torque, getting the Roadster up to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds. Combined mpg is 30.1 while emissions are rated at 219g/km. This model can be fitted with an optional twin clutch DCT transmission with 7 gears at a premium of just over 1,800 pounds.
The new Z4 is thus the first BMW roadster offered with a retractable hard top which opens and closes in 20 seconds, an optional twin clutch transmission, a turbocharger, Drive Dynamic Control and an Adaptive M Sport Suspension. DDC allows the driver to choose between Normal, Sport and Sport+ modes via a button on the centre console, which varies throttle, steering, DSC, and transmission behaviour.
The Adaptive M Sport Suspension which is optional lowers the E89’s ride height by 10mm and feature four infinitely adjustable twin-sleeve gas dampers with combined compression and rebound stroke adjustment. This is done by controlling the flow of oil within the shocks. Three accelerometers feed the Adaptive M system so that it can control each damper independently to suit the driving and road conditions.
BMW claims the response time is so quick that a signal from the front wheel crossing a hole in the road reaches the center control unit and the rear damper is readjusted for the hole even before the rear wheels reach the same surface! This is probably thanks to the FlexRay communications bus. The new Z4’s chassis is also 25% stiffer than before.
And of course, this is probably BMW’s first roadster without a proper handbrake. You won’t be able to see Clive Owen do crazy 180 degree turns and similiar stunts (easily at least) with the Z4 in a new series of The Hire clips. BMW says the handbrake was removed because of packaging reasons, as the new button parking brake saves space on the center console, and in BMW’s opinion it will not affect the way the new Z4’s customers drives the car, probably because with the new grown-up Z4 they are also expecting more grown-up buyers.
The new BMW Z4 is priced from £28,645 (RM161k) for the BMW Z4 sDrive23i, £32,660 (RM183k) for the BMW Z4 sDrive30i and finally £37,060 (RM208k, so sorry for torturing you guys with the prices) for the BMW Z4 sDrive35i.
The new Z4 will probably be here sometime in end-June 2009. I can see an sDrive23i and sDrive35i line-up making the most sense.
Look after the jump for the rest of the photos.
Adrian van Hooydonk talks about the new E89 BMW Z4
2010 BMW Z4 Roadster launched: details and photos
New footage of the 2010 BMW Z4 released
E89 BMW Z4 prototype development video
GALLERY: New BMW Z4 Photos
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GALLERY: BMW Z4 Launch Photos
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