435i Coupe ZHP Edition

In a proper nod to the glory days of yore, BMW has unveiled the 435i ZHP Coupe. Originally conceived as a performance pack for the E46 BMW 3 Series, the ZHP pack consisted of the M-Tech II bodykit, a ZHP shifter knob and shifter along with uprated suspension parts and increased horsepower by up to 235 hp.

This time round, a treatment with similar intentions are showcased on the F32 BMW 4 Series. On the surface, the BMW 435i ZHP Coupe sports a M Performance front splitter, fashioned from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. Out back, a relatively subtle M Performance rear spoiler sits atop the boot while a rear diffuser, replete with integrated “bars”, complete the physical transformation.

Additionally, the 435i ZHP Coupe gets a stainless steel M Performance Exhaust setup that promises to shed a total of around 4 kg while reducing back pressure for added performance. Said system has also been calibrated to deliver a “burble” in Comfort mode while engaging Sport mode further amplifies the music.

Further enhancing its dynamic credentials, the car receives the Track Handling Package which adds on 18-inch Orbit Grey wheels as well as M Sport Brakes – the latter is made up of four-piston and twin-piston calipers, front to rear. Adaptive M Suspension and Variable Sport Steering is also included on the menu.

435i Coupe ZHP Edition

Individuals after more power will be delighted to know that the M Performance Engine Kit is also part of the package. Said setup promises an increase of 35 hp and 43 Nm of twist – the latter applies to the eight-speed automatic transmission as the six-speed manual brings along a torque hike of 23 Nm. All in all, the 435i ZHP Coupe packs 335 hp and 450 Nm (430 Nm with the manual transmission).

As a result, the century sprint gets cut down by 0.2 seconds compared to the standard 435i Coupe while the 80-120 km/h run is improved by half a second. The final, and perhaps most enticing add-on is the M Performance limited slip differential (LSD) that employs a total of three clutch plates with a 30% lockup on acceleration (9% on deceleration) for improved traction out of tight corners.

On the inside, things are a lot more muted with the sole exception of the M Sport steering wheel, part of the M Sport Package. In typical German fashion, the car is available with a choice of two colours – Alpine White and Black Sapphire Metallic. Due to go on sale in July, the car will be available for order at selected BMW M Centres – prices are expected to be announced at a later date.