Is The New BMW 435i ZHP An Awesome Special Edition Or Just A Wannabe M4?

BMW revives a performance trim not seen in almost 10 years.

BMW made a lot of loyal fans happy when it announced the return of the ZHP performance package. ZHP was first seen in 2003 on the E46 3 Series and last seen in 2006. It’s essentially a halfway point between a normal BMW and the balls-to-the-wall M line. So, what does ZHP bring to the 2016 435i coupe? Well, for a car that isn’t an M it packs a surprising amount of M Performance parts.

There’s an M Performance limited-slip differential, engine cover, exhaust, brakes, adaptive suspension—the list goes on. There’s also been an ECU remap. That, plus the aforementioned M goodies, ups the 435i to 335 horsepower (a 35 horsepower improvement over stock). Notable exterior additions include a subtle carbon-fiber spoiler and front splitter along with bespoke 18-inch wheels. The interior is noticeably nicer, peep the M Sport steering wheel, but isn’t insanely luxurious. What is insane is the 435i ZHP’s availability. Only 100 will be made, with pricing yet to be announced.

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