BMW Z4 sDrive35is arrives
20th August, 2010
- 0 - 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds – equal to a manual BMW M3 Coupe
- Straight-six twin-turbo engine with increased output to 250 kW and peak torque of 500 Nm
- Seven-speed Sports Automatic transmission with double clutch operation
- Standard M Sport package offering aerodynamics kit, adaptive M suspension and 18” wheel alloys
BMW Australia has announced the local arrival of the high-performance BMW Z4 sDrive35is, being
the fourth, range-topping engine variant in the BMW roadster range.
The BMW Z4 sDrive35is features a modified straight-six, Twin Turbo engine, coupled with BMW’s
seven speed automatic transmission with double clutch operation. A unique M Sports Package
including adaptive M Suspension, completes the high performance offering.
BMW Group Australia managing director, Stavros Yallouridis, said the new roadster would extend
demand for the BMW Z4 which was released locally in May 2009.
“The Z4 is already recognised as a design icon and a triumph of engineering, leading its
market segment in terms of global sales,” said Mr Yallouridis.
“Now in the form of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is, Australian performance enthusiasts can enjoy the
ultimate BMW roadster experience,” he said.
The BMW Z4 sDrive35is features a modified straight-six twin turbo engine with high precision
injection technology with an output of 250 kW. Accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h in just
4.8 seconds, the roadster’s performance time is identical to the six-speed manual BMW M3 Coupé.
Peak torque is 450 Nm, increasing briefly to 500 Newton-metres courtesy of an overboost
The new model for the Z4 range is fitted with BMW’s seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission
which includes a launch control function.
The unique M Sport Package features a particularly aggressive-looking aerodynamics kit and
includes adaptive suspension which lowers the car by 10 millimetres.
An exclusive 18” Star-Spoke option is also now standard. And unique floormats, embroided with
the BMW Z4 sDrive35is model-designation, complete the sporting appeal of the range-topping
Despite increased performance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are identical to that of the
225 kW Z4 sDrive35i, exemplifying the BMW EfficientDynamics ethos of reducing emissions whilst
The roadster is also equipped standard with BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as Brake
Energy Regeneration and Electric Power Steering.
The new BMW Z4 sDrive35is is available now in Australian BMW showrooms.
Priced from $129,900* the BMW Z4 sDrive35is sits atop the current Z4 range, which consists of
the Z4 sDrive23i, the Z4 sDrive30i and the Z4 sDrive35i.
More air, more power
The BMW Twin Turbopower power unit uses two small turbochargers which through their low
inertia, cut in immediately at low engine speeds, each supplying three cylinders with compressed
air. As a result, power and performance are built up with a level of spontaneity not usually
experienced on a turbocharged engine. The turbocharger system developed for the Z4 sDrive35is
maintains a high boost pressure throughout the entire load range. Peak torque now hits a high of
450 Nm at a low 1,500 rpm and is maintained consistently right up to 4,500 rpm. Maximum output of
250 kW is delivered at 5,900 rpm.
An overboost function lifting torque to 500 Nm allows for a surge of acceleration and power
which sprints the Z4 sDrive35is from standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 4.8 seconds, equaling the
manual BMW M3 Coupe.
High power output and performance has never equaled an increase in consumption and emissions
at BMW, and the Z4 sDrive35is exemplifies this principal. Averaging fuel consumption of 9.0litres
per 100 km, the new Roadster emits just 210 grammes of CO2 per kilometer in the EU test cycle,
equal to the Z4 sDrive35i.
Combining the design and layout of the six-cylinder engine using BMW Twin Turbo Technology and
High Precision Injection, the qualities of direct injection allow for very precise delivery of
fuel and a clean combustion process.
Likewise the steel turbines are designed for maximum resistance to high temperatures, of up to
1,000 degrees Celsius, thereby reducing the need for an increased fuel supply with its cooling
effect. Under a full load, this means significant advantages in fuel economy.
Furthermore, BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as Brake Energy Generation, Electric Power
Steering and High Precision Injection ensure the vehicle’s ability to reduce consumption and
emissions is exploited.
Extraordinary specification, now featured as standard
Standard specification is enhanced on the Z4 sDrive35is which gains exclusive 18” light alloy
wheels in Star-Spoke styling, Double Clutch Transmission, Adaptive M suspension, floor mats with
unique sDrive35is designation and a characteristically sporty M Sport Package.
The M Sport Package emphasises the aggressive and dynamic performance of this vehicle, and
includes Aluminium Carbon interior trim finisher, M leather steering wheel, the M aerodynamic
package and BMW roofliner Anthracite. Even the exhaust system featured on the Z4 sDrive35is has
been developed specifically for this model, to deliver an appropriately deep and powerful
Adaptive M suspension can lower the vehicle by up to 10 millimetres, ensuring a quick
reaction to sudden steering commands and stable entry into bends, whilst the suspension set up
allows for Damper stiffness to be fluid enough to deal with current conditions and driving
requirements. The reaction time of the system is extremely short, with the rear dampers being
adjusted immediately as soon as the front wheels run over a hole or bump in the road.
Performance highlights of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is
In-line 6 cylinder petrol engine with BMW Twin Turbo Technology and High Precision Injection
Capacity: 2,979 cc
Max output: 250 kW from 5,900 rpm
Max torque: 450 Nm from 1,500 – 4,500 rpm (500 Nm with Overboost)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 4.8 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h
Avg fuel consumption (EU Comb Cycle): 9l/100 km
CO2 emissions to EU standard: 210 g/km
NOTE: * Manufacturer’s List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) but
excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges which are additional
and vary between dealers and States/Territories. As always, prices (together with charges and
taxes) are subject to change without notice.