BMW Z4 (G29)
|BMW Z4 (G29)|
|Assembly||Austria: Graz (Magna Steyr)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports car (S)|
|Body style||2-door roadster|
|Related||Toyota Supra (J29/DB)|
|Wheelbase||2,470 mm (97.2 in)|
|Length||4,324 mm (170.2 in)|
|Width||1,864 mm (73.4 in)|
|Height||1,304 mm (51.3 in)|
|Curb weight||1,405–1,535 kg (3,097–3,384 lb)|
|Predecessor||BMW Z4 (E89)|
The BMW Z4 (G29) is a two-door roadster produced by German automobile manufacturer BMW. It was introduced in 2018 as a successor to the E89 Z4. As a fifth model in the lineage, the Z4 (G29) marks the return of the soft-top roof to the Z Series sports cars.
Development and launch
Designed by Australian born Calvin Luk, the car is based on the Z4 Concept unveiled a year earlier, and was developed alongside the fifth generation of the Toyota Supra due to BMW's partnership with Toyota. The design was inspired by the Z8. The Z4 is based on the Cluster Architecture platform which underpins most of the BMW cars and has a 50:50 weight distribution with weight savings of up to 50 kg (110 lb) as compared to its predecessor. The soft-top convertible roof returned on the Z4 (G29) instead of a retractable hardtop of its predecessor. The roof can be raised or lowered in 10 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph). The boot is 50% larger than that of its predecessor and has a capacity of 281 litres (9.9 cu ft). It uses a multi-link rear suspension.
The sDrive models are available in a Sport line or the M Sport package. Available driver assistance systems include active cruise control, lane change warning system, a parking assistant, and collision warning with braking intervention.
The Z4 is offered with a 10.25-inch display with the iDrive 7.0. The car is available with BMW ConnectedDrive services which allow for over-the-air updates for the navigation maps and operating system. The digital key feature allows the car to be unlocked and started with a smartphone, and access can be shared with other people. It is also available with a customisable, digital instrument cluster (called BMW Live Cockpit Professional).
The launch model was the M40i First Edition which has Frozen Orange metallic paintwork and Vernasca leather, 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and a head-up display.
The Z4 range consists of the sDrive 20i which is only available in Europe, the sDrive 30i and the range topping M40i models. The sDrive models are powered by the 2.0-litre B48 straight-4 engine while the M40i is powered by the B58 straight-6 engine. All engines come with forced induction and are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual transmission was made available for only the sDrive 20i from July 2019.
|Model||Years||Engine||Power||Torque||0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)|
2.0 L turbocharged I4
|141 kW (189 hp)
at 4,500–6,500 rpm
|320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)
ay 1,450–4,200 rpm
|sDrive30i||190 kW (255 hp)
at 5,500–6,500 rpm
|400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 1,550–4,400 rpm
3.0 L turbocharged I6
|250 kW (335 hp)
at 5,000–6,500 rpm
|500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
at 1,600–4,500 rpm
|M40i (US)||285 kW (382 hp)
at 5,500–6,500 rpm
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