Out of three options available, Malaysia is only getting the mid-spec version, which is the four-cylinder Z4 sDrive30i rather than the Z4 sDrive20i or the 6-cylinder Z4 M40i. The Z4 sDrive20i is the base and basically a detuned 4-cylinder version of the Z4 sDrive30i. All the Z4s are turbocharged.
The Z4 sDrive30i in M Sport trim is available at all authorised BMW dealerships nationwide from today. Customers can also book the car online at www.bmwbethefirst.com.my.
The latest Z4 is the result of a collaboration between BMW and Toyota, which birthed its revived Supra based on the Z4, sharing its platform, engine, transmission and other mechanicals.
Though they share the underlying hardware, both car makers claim their cars will drive differently from each other. The two cars have undergone dynamic testing together at the legendary Nurburgring. Unlike the Z4 roadster with a retractable soft-top, the Supra will only be designed as a coupe.
The Z4 has a modern and contemporary design based on its classic low, elongated silhouette with short overhangs.
It is a bigger car this round. It has grown in length by 85mm (4,324mm), width by 74mm (1,864mm) and a slight bump in its height by 13mm (1,304mm) as compared to its predecessor. The wider track makes for more stable and agile cornering while the shorter wheelbase provides a smaller turning circle. BMW said the lower and more centralised centre of gravity delivers a sportier handling.
The twin kidney grille, which has an eye-catching grid structure, is now positioned lower.
The vertically-arranged LED headlights feature tubes uniquely designed in a hexagonal pattern, and the slim light strips in the inner edge of the headlight function as indicators for the new roadster.
From the back, the slim single-unit 3D taillights and distinct integrated rear spoiler design coupled with its low-slung body and low reversing light lends a sleeker appeal. The increased luggage capacity, larger door compartments and additional storage areas behind the seats benefit the driver, along with the increased leg room.
The interior is adorned with a sporty two-seater cockpit, a classic canvas roof, minimalist interior trim surfaces and a low seating position.
Controls are grouped into "function islands" for convenience. An indirect ambient lighting allows the driver to create his preferred lighting mood with calming colours.
The Z4 is now up to date with other BMW models, sporting a full digital instrument cluster (BMW Live Cockpit Professional) placed at the same level as the central touchscreen infotainment display.
It also comes with a BMW Digital Key that enables the driver to access the vehicle with the use of select Android smartphones. The Digital Key uses Near Field Communication technology to allow the car to be locked and unlocked from a smartphone.
The smartphone has to be held up to the door handle to unlock the door. Once inside, the engine can be started as soon as the phone has been placed in the wireless charging or smartphone tray. Via the BMW Connected App, the Digital Key enables the driver to share the key with up to five people.
Also offered is the Intelligent Parking Assistant featuring the Reversing Assistant. The Parking Assistant is a highly-capable system that can help owners easily manoeuvre out of tight parking spots.
When activated, the Park Assist can park the vehicle in spaces parallel or perpendicular to the road. The Reversing Assist is also useful when operating in narrow spaces. The system remembers the last 50 metres of the drive to the parking space and will use that information to assist the driver in exiting the spot by taking over the wheel.
The Z4 features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine offering 190kW/258hp with a peak torque of 400Nm from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm and a top speed of 250kph. It sprints from 0-100kph in 5.4 seconds.
The low centre of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution showcases its classic BMW roadster characteristics. The Z4 engine is coupled to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission; the car also features M Sport Suspension and Variable Sport Steering.
Four exterior colours are offered for the Z4: San Francisco Red, Misano Blue, Black Sapphire or Alpine White. The cabin is offered in three choices: Black décor with Black stitching, Magma Red with Black stitching or Cognac with Black stitching.
With the balloon financing plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, the Z4 can be owned with monthly instalment plans starting from RM5,478 (based on estimates of an 80% loan on a five-year tenure).
BMW Z4 SPECIFICATIONS
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(Video shows UK-specced Z4. The Z4 specs for Malaysia will vary.)