BMW have just announced yet another special edition car, this time it’s the 435i ZHP Coupe Edition — limited to just 100 units. The ZHP isn’t just another fancy name with some cosmetic add-ons and another badge on your trunk; it’s a throwback to the ZHP Performance Package available for the 2003-2006 3-Series—which featured an M-Tech II bodykit, ZHP exclusive shifter and shift knob, sportier suspension, higher lift and duration camshafts, along with other cosmetic doo-dads.
First up, the new ZHP package for the 435i boosts power output up to 335 hp and 332 lb-ft for automatics and 317 lb-ft for manuals. That’s an increase of 35 hp and 32/17 lb-ft, respectively. The extra power comes by way of the M Performance Package II. It’s worth noting that this package is available for any 435i Coupe directly from the factory. The kit includes an M Performance exhaust, a more aggressive tune, M Performance air intake system, and a re-calibrated accelerator pedal in all drive modes for sharper and more precise throttle response. BMW says the ZHP is 0.2 seconds quicker from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) and 0.5 seconds quicker from 50-75 mph (80 – 120 km/h) than the standard 435i coupe. That would make the ZHP good for a 5.5-second 0-60 time (according to BMW’s published 5.7 second figure for the stock 435i).
The ZHP comes standard with the new-for-2016 Track Handling package featuring an M Performance limited-slip-differential, 18-inch exclusive sport wheels, four-piston front, two-piston rear M-Sport Brakes, Adaptive M Sport Suspension, and of course, BMW’s Variable Sport Steering.
It’s never a true BMW special edition without the cosmetic add-ons to show it off. The ZHP comes with the M Performance engine cover, along with rocker panel badges or decals and brushed aluminum dual exhaust tips. Also included for that aggressive sporty look is the M Performance Aerodynamics Package which adds front and rear carbon-fibre spoilers, M Performance grilles, and a black rear diffuser.
As far as colour options go, you can choose Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic. Sorry, no Yas Marina Blue or any Frozen options.
No word on pricing as of yet but you’ll be able to order one as of July.
In summary, while the ZHP sure is pretty, it doesn’t really offer any exclusive performance options. Everything performance related can be specified directly from the BMW catalogue with any 435i. What it does offer is a chance to own an extremely limited edition ZHP Coupe and that may be worth the extra premium (actually, it’ll undoubtedly be worth it) for some buyers.