BMW is launching the 2019 Z4 at the first of the year. This entry-level BMW sDrive30i will be priced at $50,695, including the destination charge of $995. The sDrive30i should be available around March. Next summer, the M40i will be released and priced at $64,695. This MSRP is keeping BMW humble and accessible, while adding 15 horsepower to this model.
This sDrive30i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder outputting 255 hp with 295 lb-ft of torque, reaching 0-60 in 5.2 seconds with the eight-speed automatic transmission and standard launch control. It comes with standard LED headlights and the Sport Line trim that adds satin aluminum exterior accents with 18-inch V-spoke orbit gray wheels. It’s equipped with BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional Instrument panel (infotainment system), M Sport seats, multifunctional Sport steering wheel and variable steering and dynamic cruise control. Upgrading to the Track Package, it adds the adaptive dampers, electronically controlled limited-slip differential, and M Sport brakes.
The M40i will have a 3.0-liter inline-six making, outputting 328 horsepower with 369 lb-ft of torque. It will run 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. The ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is the only option for both, no manual transmission available. The M40i comes standard with performance equipment including adaptive dampers, M Sport brakes, and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
The Z4 has a new digital gauge cluster with a large screen for the tachometer and speedometer. The 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system rests in the middle of the dashboard. The same iDrive module will control the dash display sitting next to the electronic shift knob. It’s 3.8 inches longer than the previous models at 170 inches overall, the wheel base is 1.1 inches shorter. The fabric roof motors up or down in just 10 seconds, and it can be operated at speeds of up to 31 mph. Both engines are confirmed for sales in the United States.
Written by: Andee Oehm
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