A mid-life update for the BMW Z4 sees mildly-revised lines mix with a familiar set of engines and trim levels apart from a new sDrive18i model, which uses a detuned version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit in the sDrive20i and in SE trim loses the 20i’s leather seats.
By Press Association reporters
At present the 20i, which has until now been the range’s entry point, accounts for 80% of the model’s sales and BMW is hoping to expand sales with a more accessible option.
High-performance Z4s start with the four-cylinder turbocharged sDrive28i, with the six-cylinder turbo-aided sDrive35i and 35is as the standard bearers. All three are limited to 155mph, with 242bhp, 302bhp and 335bhp respectively.
Driving purists will rejoice at the six-speed manual transmission, which is standard across most of the range. However, an eight-speed automatic with a paddle-shift facility is available as an option. The sDrive35is is alone in being fitted with a sportier seven-speed double-clutch automatic as standard.
SE and M Sport are maintained as the available trim options, but a new and more visually striking option has been added. The Pure Traction Design package can be ordered on any Z4 and brings with it Valencia Orange paint, an optional gloss black roof, leather and Alcantara sports seats with contrasting stitching and darker ‘metal weave’ interior trim.
Standard equipment across all models now includes DAB radio, xenon headlights, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and a multi-function steering wheel. Only the sDrive18i SE does without ‘Kansas’ leather upholstery as standard.
Mineral Grey, Glacier Silver and Valencia Orange are new colours to the Z4, alongside two new styles of alloy wheel.
The Z4 will go on sale in March, with on-the-road prices starting at £27,610 and rising to £45,795. The Pure Traction Package will cost between £550 and £2,240 depending on which model it is added to.