Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 09 Apr 2019
BMW Z cars have quintessentially been at the dynamic heart and essence of what it means to be a roadster for a long time. Think Bond movie scenes, think top-down cruising, think sporting precision and now meet the new BMW Z4 M40i. Having just recently experienced what it is like to drive, this is a taste of what it offers.
What is it?
Put simply, it is the sharpest, most angular and fastest BMW Z car ever, and a vehicle which represents the true essence of a dynamic roadster. The Z4 here in South Africa is offered with either the choice of a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbopetrol motor which delivers (140 kW and 320 Nm) or this one, the mighty M40i with a 3.0-litre straight-6 turbopetrol with peak outputs of 250 kW and 500 Nm of torque.
While sportscars, often lack an element of practicality, the new Z4 does a great job of offering what is a very elegant and comfortable compact cabin. Clever touches such as its cloth-folding roof help make for a low centre of gravity and perfect weight distribution, while also doubling up as a roof which can be electronically controlled at speeds of up to 50 km/h, particularly handy if you find yourself driving in a less than desirable area.
A rapid shifting automated transmission and rear track which has been widened more than the front (98 mm wider at the rear, 57 mm wider at the front) assists in what makes for a roadster which you can immediately tell has been tuned for the best driving roads which the world has to offer.
- 0 – 100 km/h : 4.6 Seconds
- 250 kW : 500 Nm
- BMW Connected Drive Media 7.0
- Price (M40i) – R1036 698
A culmination of modern technology, BMW Connected Drive Services 7.0 with full voice integration and large 10.25-inch display as well as a digital dashboard, makes for what is a beautifully elegant top-down funster with some of best materials on offer. The ability to offer the best of roadster top-down cruising with the best of performance.
Though the market for roadsters is a niché one, the all-new G29 BMW Z4 makes an incredible case for itself and easily puts a fight against the likes of the Porsche Boxster, and Audi TT for instance. The blend of elegance and performance coupled with the M40i’s addictive bark makes for what is absolute BMW, what is absolute sheer driving pleasure.
sDrive 2.0i [145 kW / 320 Nm] R759 442
M40i [250 kW / 500 Nm] R1 036 698