There's an all-new roadster in the country and it comes with over 300 horsepower along with a stylish exterior design.
Hot on the heels of the local reveal of the all-new Toyota Supra, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp, the official importer and distributor of BMW in the country, has officially launched its drop-top cousin, the all-new Z4.
Like its predecessors, the all-new Z4 sticks to the 'long hood, short deck' design of past iterations. However, the fourth-generation roadster carries a more modern, more aggressive design than before.
Sleek LED headlights, along with the sporty front bumper give the Z4 its unmistakble look. Serving as the Z4's signature design piece, however, are the large dual kidney grills which now adopt an updated look. Equally cool is the Z4's rear which gets L-shaped taillights, slim air outlets on each corner, and large dual exhausts. The top-of-the-line M40i rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels while the lesser sDrive20i gets 18-inch alloys.
The folding electric soft-top can be deployed at speeds of less than 50 km/h. The roof can be raised in as little 10 seconds. In addition, BMW claimed that even with the roof stowed away, the Z4 has over 50% more luggage space than before at 281 liters.
Inside, the drop-top features a digital 10.25-inch instrument panel that is paired to a driver-oriented center stack. Sitting proudly at the center dashboard is BMW's new O.S. 7 infotainment system. With it, features such as BMW Connected and Connected Drive, navigation, Bluetooth interface, hand-gesutre control, personalization settings, as well as other media functions come as standard equipment.
Other in-car conveniences inside the Z4 are: dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system (10-speaker system is standard), power-adjustable seats with memory function, and Comfort Access.
As far as interior trim is concerned, fine quality Vernasca Leather surrounds the seats as well as the door panels. There are also neat touches of Alcantara which further add some sophistication for the roadster. Aside from that, other portions of the cabin can be specified with either high gloss black (sDrive20i) or aluminum (M40i) trim pieces. Moreover, the M40i variants get the M Sport Package which gives it M Sport seats, M leather steering wheel, M pedals, and M driver's footrest.
Under the hood, the top-of-the-line M40i is powered by a 3.0-liter Twin Power Turbo inline-six. It produces 340 PS at 5000 – 6500 rpm with 500 Nm of torque at 1600 – 4500 rpm, and is married to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. 0 – 100 km/h can be achieved in as little as 4.5 seconds.
Other available mechanical features for the all-new M40i Z4 include: adaptive M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes, as well as the Driving Experience Control.
Another availabe engine for the Z4 is a 2.0-liter Twin Power Turbo inline-four for the sDrive20i. It puts out 197 PS at 4500 – 6500 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 1450 – 4200 rpm. It too is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the Z4 sDrive 20i to go from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds. Sorry manual fans, no stick-shift version is available for BMW's new convertible.
With the all-new BMW Z4 already in the country, does this mean the Toyota Supra is not far behind? We'll have to find out this July as the Japanese counterpart is also looking to officially unveil the fifth-gen Supra to the Philippines next month.
Pricing of the 2020 BMW Z4 is as follows:
Z4 sDrive 20i – Php 3,990,000
Z4 M40i – Php 5,790,000