BMW introduces refreshed Z4 Roadster
BMW has unveiled the facelifted version of its Z4 roadster in India, priced at Rs 89.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The updated Z4, available exclusively in the M40i variant, features subtle cosmetic enhancements to both its exterior and interior. While the facelift brings several aesthetic updates, the mechanical aspects remain unchanged. BMW plans to commence deliveries of the Z4 from June onwards.
The refreshed Z4 showcases discreet exterior modifications that may be overlooked by casual observers. Notably, the front bumper has been redesigned, featuring triangular air intakes on either side with a new blacked-out finish. Although the central air intake and headlamps remain mostly unchanged, the grille now sports a honeycomb pattern and a blacked-out finish, departing from the silver finish of the pre-facelift model.
In profile and from the rear, the Z4 facelift maintains the same appearance as its predecessor, except for the introduction of a fresh design for the 19-inch alloy wheels. The soft-top fabric roof of the Z4 can be conveniently opened or closed in just 10 seconds, thanks to a dedicated button.
The interior of the Z4 largely retains its previous design, with updates primarily focused on trim and upholstery. The Z4 M40i, in standard specification, features a combination of leather and Alcantara upholstery, complemented by contrast blue stitching and piping. The car is equipped with M Sports seats and a steering wheel.
Standard features of the Z4 M40i include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the latest iDrive 7.0 operating system, a digital driver’s display, ambient lighting, powered driver and passenger seats with memory function, dual-zone air conditioning, connected car features, 4 airbags, dynamic traction control, dynamic stability control, and cornering brake control. BMW claims to have improved the storage space behind the seats; however, the Z4 remains a strict two-seater. Furthermore, buyers can choose from a wide range of optional equipment, including adaptive headlights, anthracite silver effect for the soft-top roof, Harman Kardon sound system, driving assistant, active cruise control, head-up display, and parking assistant.
Powering the Z4 M40i facelift is an unchanged 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine, producing 340hp and 500Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, delivering power exclusively to the rear wheels.
The Z4 M40i variant also comes equipped with adaptive M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes, M Sport differential, launch control, three driving modes, and cruise control with braking function. According to BMW, the Z4 M40i can accelerate from 0 to 100kph in just 4.5 seconds.
Competitors and Future Launches:
In India, the BMW Z4’s direct competitor is the Porsche 718 Boxster, although the latter carries a significantly higher price tag, starting from Rs 1.52 crore (ex-showroom). BMW has also announced the upcoming launch of the all-new M2 Coupe in the Indian market, further expanding its sports car offerings.