All–New BMW Z4 Roadster Arrives in Australia
The new BMW Z4 is a coupe and|
roadster all in just one package.
Whereas the outgoing BMW Z4 was manufactured
in Spartanburg, USA the new Z4 is manufactured
in Regensburg, Germany.
5th May, 2009
The all-new BMW Z4 Roadster has landed in Australia and will be
in local dealerships for retail launch commencing 23rd May.
The new generation of the greatly enjoyed BMW sports car will soon be available for the first time to
customers with a two-piece retractable hard top.
The new BMW Z4 Roadster is powered by one of three highly-efficient BMW six-cylinder engines with the most
powerful being a twin turbo 3.0-litre high precision injection engine generating 225 kW of power and 400 Nm of
torque. This engine will take the car from 0-100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds.
There is also a normally aspirated 3.0 litre version, as well as a smaller capacity 2.5 litre version to
round off the range.
The BMW Z4 Roadster’s trademark performance and agility has been enhanced in this new generation, which also
gains a new naming structure: BMW Z4 sDrive.
Thus the Roadster range begins with the BMW Z4 sDrive23i, priced from $86,200 (RRP), includes the BMW Z4
sDrive30i priced from $98,100 (RRP), and is topped off by the BMW Z4 sDrive35i priced from $116,900 (RRP).
Compared with the previous generation BMW Z4, which comprised both Roadster and Coupé models, the new single
body style BMW Z4 adds the retractable light weight hard top, the option of a seven-speed sports automatic
transmission with double clutch for the Z4 sDrive35i, greater cabin space, and a slightly larger body shell all
round, including larger doors for easier entry.
The bonnet, roof panels and front guards are made from aluminium, as is much of the suspension. The
retractable roof stows or unfolds in 20 seconds.
Standard equipment includes Kansas leather upholstery equipped with BMW SunReflective Technology, cruise
control with brake function, Park Distance Control front and rear, electromechanical parking brake, electronic
differential lock, Dynamic Driving Control, Bi-Xenon headlights, heated seats, through loading feature, engine
stop/start button, Bluetooth hands free technology, AUX-in connection and the handy USB interface.
A large array of options and option packages are available reflecting the strong desire to personalise the
BMW Z4 by prospective owners.
The options list includes BMW Adaptive M suspension, a traditional six-speed sports automatic gearbox with
steering wheel mounted paddles (except Z4 sDrive35i which offers the seven-speed sports automatic with double
clutch), light alloy wheels up to 19 inches in diameter, sport seats, power seat adjustment, lumbar support,
adaptive headlights, TV function, Professional Navigation, extended leather in the standard ‘Kansas’ seat trim,
or the option of the Character Package ‘Design Pure White’ which includes ‘Nappa’ leather trim Ivory white,
sport seats and fine-wood trim Fineline Anthracite. Some of these features are standard on some models.
The BMW Z4 has always been one of the most dynamic open top two-seater sports cars in the premium class
delivering an unmatched mix of front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, close to 50/50 weight distribution,
pin-sharp steering and tremendous grip.
The new BMW Z4 seats its occupants lower and further back for an even more dynamic driving sensation.
The BMW dealer network will welcome the all new BMW Z4 Roadster in late May.
“The BMW Z4 Roadster exists to deliver an exhilarating driving experience for the enthusiast,” says
Stavros Yallouridis, Managing Director of BMW Group Australia.
“We are delighted to welcome this new generation model with its powerful engines, innovative transmission
and for the first time on a BMW two-seater, a two-piece retractable hardtop.”
“This combination of features will give us the opportunity to make the best case yet for BMW style,
performance and safety in a very sporting machine,” he says.