2009 BMW Z4. Click image to enlarge
2009 BMW Z4
Detroit, Michigan – The all-new BMW Z4 sports car will have its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, announced the automaker. “The new BMW Z4 represents the future in roadster motoring and the joy of driving in the open air with its retractable hardtop, dynamic straight-six power units, and Dynamic Drive Control all featured as standard,” according to a BMW news release.
The new BMW Z4 is the first BMW roadster to feature a retractable hardtop. The two-piece roof is made of lightweight aluminum panels and opens and closes automatically in just 20 seconds. The cockpit is oriented to the driver, and all-round visibility is optimized even with the roof closed thanks to the extra-large windows.
The new models will be the Z4 sDrive35i, with 3.0-litre twin turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, and Z4 sDrive30i, with 3.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine. Both engines are also used in the 1, 3 and 5 Series. The sDrive35i produces 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, while the sDrive30i produces 255 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. Both will come with a standard six-speed manual transmission; the sDrive35i will offer an optional seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission, while the sDrive30i will have an available six-speed sport automatic.
Dynamic Drive Control comes as standard in the new BMW Z4, enabling the driver at the touch of a button to adjust the set-up of the car in three stages to his personal preferences.
As an option, the driver has the choice of BMW’s Adaptive M Suspension complete with electronic damper adjustment.