Quite the stunner, isn't it?
Last year, BMW unveiled the beautiful Concept Z4 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and we've been eagerly anticipating the production model ever since. Fast forward one year later, and the 2019 BMW Z4 has finally broken cover in all its production glory at the same location after months of tantalizing teasers and leaked photos – and it looks sensational from every angle.
While most concept cars are significantly toned down when they enter production, the Z4 looks a lot like the striking concept, sporting an athletic exterior, vertically stacked headlights, a long hood, and a prominent kidney grille with a large mesh design. Large intakes tucked behind the front wheel arches optimize the airflow, while a a central driving position, and an integrated rear spoiler add to the Z4's sporty character.
BMW has only released details about the Z4 M40i First Edition launch model for now, which will feature specific design and equipment features. It's finished in Frozen Orange Metallic combined with an electrically operated textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect. BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, black exterior mirror caps and two-tone 19-inch light alloy wheels with a double spoke design round off the exterior highlights.
Inside, the interior of the First Edition model features Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching, electrically adjustable seats with memory function and a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System. For the first time in a BMW roadster, the Z4 also gets adaptive LED headlights and a Head-Up Display, as well as the next-generation Live Cockpit system with two high-resolution digital displays.
As expected, the BMW Z4 M40i First Edition is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Power figures have yet to be confirmed, but the previous reports suggest it should produce around 380 hp. BMW says there will be enough power to propel the sports car from 0-62 mph in roughly 4.4 seconds. It should be a dream to drive, too, thanks to BMW M tuned sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential.
Transmission options haven't been revealed, but the interior photos suggest it will only be available with an automatic. Full details and specifications will be announced on September 18, according to BMW. The 2019 BMW Z4 30i will arrive in the US in Spring 2019, while the M40i version (including the First Edition) will go on sale in Q2 2019.