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The fastest of the tuned type 2 City VTECs in the coun­try

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION

Power Torque Weight 0-100kmph Top speed Price On sale 335bhp @ 5500rpm 499Nm @ 1520rpm TBC

4.6sec 250kmph (lim­ited) TBC

2019 Only the M40i M Per­for­mance vari­ant has been re­vealed so far, fea­tur­ing BMW’s 3-litre TwinPower tur­bocharged straight­six with 335bhp. Thus equipped, a 0-100kmph time of 4.6sec is claimed, with top speed lim­ited to 250kmph. An eight­speed au­to­matic gear­box will send power to the rear wheels. Four-cylin­der en­gines and man­ual ’boxes are ex­pected, too. De­spite Toy­ota’s in­flu­ence in the new Z4, BMW’s core chas­sis el­e­ments have very much been ad­hered to. As a re­sult the car has a 50:50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion and a wide stance and should weigh less than the out­go­ing model thanks to a fab­ric roof and more com­pact di­men­sions. This M40i M Per­for­mance model will also get larger per­for­mance brakes, adap­tive dampers and an M Sport dif­fer­en­tial. As with the chas­sis, the in­te­rior con­sists of a com­bi­na­tion of new-gen­er­a­tion BMW com­po­nents, shar­ing most of its switchgear and tech with larger mod­els such as the new X5 and 8-series. There’s a ma­jor up­grade in tech, too, with the lat­est iDrive and a head-up dis­play. A driver fo­cus is still ap­par­ent, al­beit toned down com­pared to the pre­vi­ous model’s steeply an­gled dash.

IT SEEMS LIKE WE’VE WAITED AN AGE for a new Z4, but fi­nally BMW has rolled out its all-new road­ster – so far only in flag­ship M40i M Per­for­mance form.This is the third-gen­er­a­tion Z4 and by now you’ll no doubt know that it has been twinned in de­vel­op­ment with the in­com­ing Toy­ota Supra. Spread­ing the cost of de­vel­op­ing a niche model has meant that the pre­vi­ous Z4’s pseu­doGT vibe has been re­placed with a more ag­gres­sive, back-to-ba­sics ap­proach, which we’re hop­ing will have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the driv­ing dy­nam­ics.The new Z4 goes on sale next year. Here’s ev­ery­thing you need to know. Top: Head-up dis­play among tech. Above: Fold­ing hard-top has been swapped for lighter fab­ric roof Where once there was a pert, short tail and long, ex­tend­ing bon­net, there is now an awk­ward com­bi­na­tion of a short wheel­base and long over­hangs. The styling takes in­spi­ra­tion from the Z4 Con­cept re­vealed at Peb­ble Beach last year, but when grafted onto a less ex­treme set of pro­por­tions, it’s ob­vi­ous there have been com­pro­mises.

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