2014 BMW Z4
The Z-range story takes us way back to the time when the BMW won the 1940 Mille Miglia with the 328 roadster and the 1955 Mille Miglia with the 507 roadster. Much much later, the BMW Z3 and the BMW Z8 triggered a fresh wave of excitement for the classical open-top two-seater car in the 1990s and not-to-mention, their cameos in James Bond movies. But neither of them can compare to the car that introduced people to open top fun with exciting levels of performance. That was the BMW Z4 (still in sale), born exactly 25 years after the legendary BMW Z1.
The new updated Z4 still carries the classic proportions all over its design element that also fuses state-of-the-art technology along with it. The new and updated BMW Z4 carries new features, detailed interior refinements and the new Design Pure Traction equipment package. The Z4 roadster is almost identical to its predecessor. It has a typically long front bonnet and a comfortable, well equipped cabin for two which is placed closed to the rear wheel of the car.
Ask anyone and and they will confirm it to you that a roadster gives one a true sense of freedom, at the flick of a button and listening to the Bimmer’s 3.5-liter i6 soundtrack that emanates from the exhausts just uplifts the experience even further. So, let us go through all the details and find out what changes have been made to the new and updated Z4 for the year 2014.
UPDATE 14/11/2013: BMW India has finally announced the 2014 BMW Z4 for the Indian market. It will come in the two variants, the sDrive35i and the sDrive35i pure traction. For prices, click past the jump for details.
UPDATE 8/11/2013: BMW India confirmed that they will introduce the 2014 BMW Z4 Roadster on November 14,2013. Stay tuned on the given date for pricing information.
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The new Z4 styling almost remains identical to the previous one except for a few changes and tweaks. The car gets a fresh new set of LED light rings which act as the daytime running lamps integrated around with the Xenon headlamp cluster. Running across the top of the headlights are the LED accent lights that bears the BMW lettering. The integrated turn signals also get chrome-colored surrounds which further enhance the whole "illumination" dept. of the car. The side indicators also get a tapered surround which adds a dynamic sweep to the trademark "gills".
The new Z4 gets 3 new color options which include Mineral Grey, Glacier Silver and Valencia Orange. BMW has also added some new alloy wheel designs with the updated Z4. The hard roof top when closed blends perfectly with the overall to create one smooth flowing roofline. The large window surface provides an all-round visibility for the occupants seating inside. The hardtop takes exactly 19 seconds to open and the maximum speed allowed for operation is 40 km/h.
A sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase, low beltline and a low-slung rear end are the main design characteristics of the Z4. The seating position is placed just in-front of the rear axle to give an intense experience of the longitudinal and lateral forces acting on its rear wheels which also adds a sense of being what BMW calls “part of the car”.
The updated Z4 almost retains the interior design of the 2013 model. What is new is a high-gloss black surrounds for the central air vents and the iDrive control system’s folding Control Display which comes as part of the optional Professional Navigation system. An exquisite fine line Anthracite wood trim strip has been added as an option with the new car. The center console also gets a new metal garnish and an orange colored thick stripe runs along the seats is also available which, overall, makes the interior look sporty.
The bit we’re interested in is the M package offerend with the Z4. It features sports seats, an M leather steering wheel, M driver’s footrest, M door sill finishers and an anthracite-colored roof liner, aluminum carbon trim strip, leather M gear lever knob and grey dials for the instrument cluster.
Beside all these the Z4 gets the Soft Close Automatic function for the boot lid and runflat tyres with a run-flat indicator. It is also equipped with a BMW Business radio which includes a CD player, AUX-IN socket and six loudspeakers as standard. It also gets an optional Professional navigation system which enables high-resolution map graphics completed with a 3D view on the 8.8-inch iDrive monitor that comes with a 12 GB storage capacity.
Beside these there are also few other additional options like a rain sensor, Adaptive Headlights and High Beam Assist. It also has Cruise control with braking function and Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear end of the car.
There are many engine options available with the BMW Z4 roadster and India gets only the more powerful Z4 sDrive35is which is powered by a 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine that generates 340PS of maximum power at 5800 Rpm and 400 Nm of massive torque at 1300 Rpm. BMW claimed that the new car will be able to reach 0-100 Km/h mark in just 4.8 seconds while the standard Z4 sDrive35i will hit the same, 0.3 seconds later.
Beside this existing engine variants there are other engine variants which include the sDrive20i, sDrive28i, sDrive35i and sDrive35is. BMW also introduced a new entry level model called the sDrive18i. The new sDrive18i will be powered by a 2.0-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology which generates maximum power output of 115 kW/156 hp at 5,000 rpm and 240 Newton meters (177 lb-ft) between 1,250 and 4,400 rpm. It will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, but an eight-speed automatic can also be ordered as an option. The new engine is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h mark in just 7.9 seconds while the automatic version will take an estimated 8.1 seconds to do the same. It will have a top speed of 221 km/h mark.
RIDE AND HANDLING
There are few driving experience controls to choose from in the Z4 which includes COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes that can be selected using the rocker switch placed at the center console of the car. The controls adjust the response of the engine and the stability system, servotronic function and the mapping of the electronically controlled dampers according to different modes. It also alters the gearshift characteristics of the automatic gearbox depending on the modes which, in turn, changes the whole setup and driving experience of the Z4.
The BMW Z4 will be all yours, if you’re willing to shell out either Rs 68.9 Lakhs for the sDrive35i or Rs 69.9 Lakhs for the sDrive35i Pure Traction. BMW has priced it well, since its nearest alternative like the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class cost upwards of Rs 85 Lakhs.
The Z4 will definitely get some competition from the recently announced Jaguar-F type
which also happens to be a 2 seater roadster.
The F-type is a more expensive vehicle and generates more power than its rival. The base variant of the F-type generates 373 bhp of power from the V6 engine whereas the more powerful V8 generates 488bhp of maximum power.
If that isn’t enough, just look at it. It would require a true Bimmer fan to look away from the F-Type.
What the Z4 has in its favor is the hardtop roof, that is anyday better than the Jag’s softop and a more supple ride. So, if it’s an all-rounder you’re looking for, the Bimmer is your best buy
The BMW Z4 surely will provide the driving pleasure that you will expect out of a true roadster. Driving with top open in the city traffic can be a disaster because of the pollution and dust, but if you truly want to enjoy an open top experience then head for the nearest hills and winding roads where open top roadsters like the Z4 come to life..
The interplay of classical proportions and state-of-the-art technology defines the unmistakable character of the BMW Z4 – and now an updated version of the Roadster is ready for action, armed with a raft of additional powertrain and equipment innovations. The new BMW Z4 represents a time-honoured and yet alluringly contemporary interpretation of the traditional roadster concept. New exterior features, detailed interior refinements, the new Design Pure Traction equipment package, the new entry-level sDrive18i model and the latest additions to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features all provide fresh impetus and lend the BMW Roadster even greater appeal and individuality.
The new BMW Z4 takes to the stage 25 years after the legendary BMW Z1. That Roadster turned heads when it was unveiled at the 1987 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt – not only on account of its revolutionary door concept, but also thanks to its agile and precisely controllable handling. With the BMW Z1 began the latest chapter in the history of BMW Roadsters – a tradition which stretches back to the 1930s and reached the first of many high points with the BMW 328 (winner of the 1940 Mille Miglia) and BMW 507 from 1955. The BMW Z3 and BMW Z8 triggered a fresh wave of excitement for the classical open-top two-seater concept in the 1990s. And they also paved the way for the first-generation BMW Z4 and its successor, the brand’s first Roadster fitted with a retractable hardtop roof.
Design: classical proportions infused with modern character.
The success of modern-day BMW Roadsters is rooted in the rigorous execution of a concept, a process which has left its mark on both the design and the driving properties of each car and is clearly recognisable in the new BMW Z4. The sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase, low beltline and low-slung rear end play a more vivid and uncompromising part in shaping its appearance than is evident with any of its segment rivals. The low seating position just ahead of the rear axle gives the driver and passenger a particularly intense experience of the longitudinal and lateral forces working on the rear wheels. This sense of being “part of the car” also allows the driver to grade the amount of power he’s feeding through the rear axle with sensitivity and precision. That’s the recipe for roadster feeling, BMW-style.
The hardtop roof also blends seamlessly into the car’s form. As it closes, it seals a smoothly flowing roofline, while large window surfaces optimise
all-round visibility and the feeling of space inside the car. Once opened, the two roof elements are accommodated, one on top of the other, in a compact package inside the Roadster’s road-hugging rear. The A-pillars – painted an understated black – also underline the low-slung silhouette of the new BMW Z4, especially when the roof is open. The optional BMW Individual hardtop – available in the two contrast colours Black non-metallic and Glacier Silver metallic – provides a feast for the eyes when the roof is closed. The hardtop can be opened at the touch of a button while the car is moving at up to 40 km/h (25 mph) in an automated process lasting 19 seconds.
The distinctive twin circular headlights team up with the broad BMW kidney grille to form a roadster-specific interpretation of the brand’s signature front-end look. The standard bi-xenon headlights of the new BMW Z4 have an extremely slim design and extend well into the front wheel arches. They feature LED light rings which emit daytime driving light in the brand’s hallmark style. Added to which, the light sources now have a strikingly three-dimensional design which accentuates the intricate technology of the headlights. Cutting across the tops of the headlights are LED accent lights, whose metal insert bears BMW lettering. The integrated turn signal indicators have chrome-coloured surrounds, which lend further emphasis to the sophisticated character of the light units. Plus, a newly designed, tapered surround for the side indicators adds a dynamic sweep to the gills on the front side sections of the car.
Striking touches: new paint finishes, Design Pure Traction equipment package, additional light-alloy wheels and the M Sport package.
A total of 11 external paint finishes are available for the new BMW Z4, including the new Mineral Grey metallic, Glacier Silver metallic and Valencia Orange metallic, which can only be ordered together with the Design Pure Traction option. This new equipment package lends the Roadster an extremely lively aura; the interior, for example, boasts an energy-charged contrast of black and orange. The bespoke Alcantara door panel trim, like the lower section of the instrument panel, comes in orange. The black leather seats have contrast stitching in Valencia Orange and an accent stripe running down the central section of the backrests and seat cushions. This stripe is likewise orange and is flanked by two thin white lines. The door panel trim and lower section of the instrument panel can also be specified in black as an option. Another exclusive element of the Design Pure Traction package is the metal weave trim strip, which can be combined with further decorative elements in high-gloss black for the door openers and the gearshift or selector lever. This new equipment package replaces the previously available Design Pure Impulse and is also available in combination with other exterior paint colours as an option.
New interior additions to standard specification include high-gloss black surrounds for the central air vents and the iDrive control system’s folding Control Display, which comes as part of the optional Professional navigation system. Elsewhere, exquisite Fineline Anthracite wood has been added to the selection of interior trim strips available as an option for the new BMW Z4. The BMW Z4 sDrive28i, BMW Z4 sDrive35i and BMW Z4 sDrive35is are offered with Kansas leather trim, which is available as an option for the two other models.
New variants have been added to the range of optional light-alloy wheels as well, including newly designed 17-inch and 18-inch wheels in V-spoke design, both of which will be combined with mixed tyres.
The engaging character of the Roadster as a driver’s tool is given particular emphasis by the likewise optional M Sport package, which contributes M Sport suspension, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M aerodynamics package with large air intakes in the front wing and a rear bumper inlay painted Anthracite metallic. Bringing an extra dose of sporting flair into the interior, meanwhile, are features such as sports seats, an M leather steering wheel, M driver’s footrest, M door sill finishers and an anthracite-coloured roof liner. The Aluminium Carbon trim strip, leather M gear lever knob and grey dials for the instrument cluster lend the finishing touches to the interior ambience. The new BMW Z4 sDrive35is comes as standard with a model-specific version of the M Sport package.
Engines: BMW TwinPower Turbo technology at five output levels.
The BMW Z4 will be available with a larger, five-strong line-up of petrol engines from launch, and customers will be able to choose from three four-cylinder and two six-cylinder powerplants. Their most significant shared feature is BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which ensures an exceptionally effective balance between driving pleasure and fuel consumption throughout the output range. In addition, all four-cylinder variants of the new BMW Z4 already meet – as standard – the stipulations of the EU6 exhaust emissions standard due to come into force in 2014.
The BMW Z4 sDrive18i takes to the stage as the new entry-level model. It is powered by a 2.0-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology which develops maximum output of 115 kW/156 hp at 5,000 rpm. The new variant of the four-cylinder unit delivers peak torque of 240 Newton metres (177 lb-ft) between 1,250 and 4,400 rpm. The BMW Z4 sDrive18i is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but an eight-speed sports automatic can also be ordered as an option. The new model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds (automatic: 8.1 seconds) and hits a top speed of 221 km/h / 137 mph (220 km/h / 136.5 mph). Average fuel consumption for the BMW Z4 sDrive18i in the EU test cycle is 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres (41.5 mpg imp) with both the manual and automatic gearbox. CO2 emissions stand at 159 grams per kilometre.
The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package for the new BMW Z4 sDrive18i includes twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control and Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. An identical version of this technology package is also used in the engines – likewise 2.0-litre units – under the bonnet of the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i. These engines can also be ordered with an eight-speed sports automatic gearbox with shift paddles on the steering wheel as an alternative to the standard-fitted six-speed manual. The automatic has been optimised to deliver even better acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph).
The existing engine variants – the sDrive20i, sDrive28i, sDrive35i and sDrive35is – retain their places in the range.
Extensive comfort-enhancing equipment.
The new BMW Z4 delivers the driving pleasure customers have come to expect from the brand, fulfilling the desire for both sporting ability and comfort. Drivers can use the standard-fitted Driving Experience Control switch to select a configuration to suit the situation at hand and satisfy personal preferences. COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes can all be called up using the rocker switch on the centre console. As well as adjusting the responses of the engine and DSC stability system, the different modes also alter the shift characteristics of the automatic gearbox, the responses of the Servotronic function and the mapping of the electronically controlled dampers, if these items are specified. These modes allow the driver to choose from a selection of distinctive and clearly differentiated set-ups for the car.
Other items of equipment fitted as standard are xenon headlights, air conditioning, a heated glass rear window, the Soft Close Automatic function for the boot lid and runflat tyres with a run-flat indicator. The BMW Business radio – including CD player, AUX-IN socket and six loudspeakers – is a standard feature in all the variants of the Roadster, while customers can also choose from options including the BMW Professional radio and the Professional hi-fi-system with 14 loudspeakers. The similarly optional Professional navigation system enables high-resolution map graphics – complete with 3D view – on the 8.8-inch iDrive monitor. The navigation data for the system is stored on an in-car hard disk, which also provides 12 GB of capacity for personal music collections.
The range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive has also expanded once again. The new BMW Z4 can be equipped with features such as a rain sensor, Adaptive Headlights and High Beam Assistant. Cruise control with braking function and Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear of the car are also available. If the Professional navigation system is specified, the ConnectedDrive Services option allows use of internet-based information and entertainment services inside the car. This system must be fitted to enable access to the BMW Online portal and apps using the Control Display and iDrive Controller. The Real Time Traffic Information function is also on hand, supplying the driver with congestion warnings and diversion recommendations in real time. Apple iPhone owners can use BMW apps, for example, to receive web radio stations, display Facebook and Twitter posts on the monitor and ask for them to be read out. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the new BMW Z4 also includes BMW TeleServices, BMW Remote Services, Concierge Services and Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic vehicle location and accident severity detection.