New Z4 has sporty in­tent

Cynon Valley - - MOTORS WALES - IAN DON­ALD­SON news­desk@waleson­

BMW clearly in­tends its new Z4 road­ster to feel much more sport­ing than the out­go­ing model, giv­ing the new­comer what it calls “a far sportier edge”.

That comes partly from pulling front and rear wheels closer to­gether and push­ing all four out­wards to widen the track as well as re­design­ing the sus­pen­sion.

Com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor, the new BMW Z4 has grown in length by 85 mil­lime­tres to 4,324 mil­lime­tres, is 74 mil­lime­tres wider (now 1,864 mil­lime­tres) and 13 mil­lime­tres taller(1,304 mil­lime­tres). The new Z4 goes on sale from March with a choice of three model vari­ants, in­clud­ing a BMW M Per­for­mance op­tion.

The en­gines avail­able for the new Z4 send that power to the road through the lat­est-gen­er­a­tion, eight-speed Step­tronic Sport trans­mis­sion.

Top per­former is the BMW Z4 M40i, with a three-litre straight-six unit fea­tur­ing M Per­for­mance Twin­Power Turbo tech­nol­ogy. The 340hp en­gine pro­pels the road­ster from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 sec­onds.

The line-up of en­gines is com­pleted by a pair of two-litre, four-cylin­der units. The vari­ant in the new BMW Z4 sDrive30i has 258hp and com­pletes the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 5.4 sec­onds.

In the new BMW Z4 sDrive20i, mean­while, max­i­mum out­put of 197hp translates into a 0 to 62 mph time of 6.6 sec­onds. The three power units come with a gaso­line par­tic­u­late fil­ter to fur­ther re­duce emis­sions, and all model vari­ants com­ply with the Euro 6d-TEMP emis­sions stan­dard.

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