The BMW Z4 is a rear-wheel drive sports car that began its life back in 2002 before receiving its second generation in 2008. It is offered in both coupe and roadster forms. The current model Z4 is powered by a choice of two engines. The first is a 3.0L I-6 producing 255hp and 220 lb-ft of torque, while the second is a 3.0L twin turbo I-6 producing 300hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

When BMW revealed the new Z4 Roadster, the new retractable hard top came with some bad news: there will be no M version. However the Z4 sDrive35is that is set to be revealed in January 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show is just as good as any other M model.

The new Z4 sDrive35is is faster and better than any other model in the Z4 line-up: powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six with increased air flow and more boost pressure. The result is an output of 335 HP at 5,900 RPM and a peak torque of 332 lb-ft from 1,500 RPM to 4,500 RPM. The sprint from 0 to 60 MPH is made in just 4.7 seconds, while the car’s top speed is limited to 155 MPH. The engine is mated to a 7 speed Double-Clutch Transmission with SPORT and SPORT+ modes for crisper shifts and more performance driving.

The Z4 sDrive35is borrows the M Aerodynamics and adaptive M Suspension from the larger cars. The new Z4 rides on lightweight 18 inch five spoke alloy wheels, a striking front bumper with a matte aluminum trim bar in each outer air intake, a rear bumper with accentuated surrounds on the tailpipes, and a rear diffuser finished at top in body color and black textured surface underneath. On the interior BMW added a new M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, an M driver’s footrest, and sport seats.

Updated 01/29/10: BMW today announced prices for the Z4 sDrive35is. Sales will begin in the Spring at a price of $61,925 including $875 Destination & Handling. By comparison, the MY2011 Z4 sDrive30i and Z4 sDrive35i start at $46,875 and $52,775 respectively.

UPDATE 06/28/2010: Check out our review of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is by clicking here .

Press release after the jump.

The BMW tuning specialists Hartge have just unveiled a new kit for the 2010 BMW Z4 Roadster that leaves the German engineered power plant alone and instead focuses on changing up the drop top’s looks with a new aero package and an assortment of stylish wheels as well as a few brilliant touches to the interior. The new front bumper adds a few extra gills to the sporty roadster’s front end as well as a subtle rear spoiler atop the boot lid. The mirror covers are made from carbon fiber for additional race car attitude while an aluminum pedal set enhances the in car feel. Aside from the shiny new footwork, Hartge adds a new instrument cluster as well as a set of specific floor mats.

BMW Z4 by Hartge

In order to increase the Bimmer’s performance potential, the Z4 benefits from a new quad tip exhaust that not only makes the roadster sound even better with the top down, but it even looks better from behind. Hartge ensures that even the pickiest of customers will have a wheel choice they like, ranging from deep dish to multi spoke and even multi color, the German tuner has the perfect set of rolling stock for your Z4. This simple straightforward tuning kit is the perfect way to breathe new life into your BMW that you will immediately see and feel as opposed to trading it in for a new model.

Even though the German automaker BMW won’t be producing an M version of the new Z4 Roadster, however this doesn’t mean that they don’t see the need for a motor sport inspired retractable hard top. The solution that BMW came up with was to offer an all new M-Sport appearance package for the new car, and the first vehicle to benefit from the new high performance parts package is the Z4 sDrive35is and is set to make its debut this January in Detroit at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.

BMW Z4 will also get M-Sport package

The M-Sport Z4 will be distinguished by more aggressive front fascia with larger air intakes as well as a new rear bumper with integrated diffuser out back. The high performance looking BMW will ride on a set of M wheels measuring 18 inches in diameter as well as a set of 19 inch alloys as an option. Finishing off the new car’s stance, BMW’s engineers have lowered the chassis by 10 mm in order to improve the Roadster’s handling as well as eliminate whatever fender gap used to be in between the rubber and sheet metal. On the inside, the M-Sport package will add an M series leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel as well as decorative M door sills and a set of hip hugging sport seats. Don’t worry if your lifestyle doesn’t permit parking a Roadster in your driveway, because BMW is planning on offering the M-Sport package for every model in their lineup.

Source: Autoblog.it

When the German automaker BMW introduced the new Z4 Roadster to the world with their Expression of Joy campaign they showed off the car creating automotive art in a series of bright and brilliant colors, however one shade that they left out was matte gray, just like the exterior of this slightly modified Z4. No this isn’t a new color option from the luxury automaker, but instead an aftermarket applied foil that drastically alters the appearance of BMW’s new hard top roadster. The BMW 313 performance bicolor rims don’t hurt either.

Matte gray BMW Z4

As it comes from the factory the BMW Z4 is available with two different versions of the 3.0 Liter inline six, the sDrive30i makes 255 HP, and the boosted sDrive35i uses a set of twin turbos to lay down a maximum of 300 HP. The hard top convertible Z4 can be shifted with either a 6 speed manual gearbox or BMW’s newly developed double clutch sport automatic gearbox. The BMW Z4 sDrive35i makes the 0 to to 60 MPH sprint in just 5.1 seconds with the manual transmission and one tenth faster with the sport tuned automatic. However both models are limited to a top speed of 130 MPH, but you can get up to 150 MPH with the optional Sport Package. Just don’t expect to find this matte grey option at the dealership.

Source: ZPost
G-POWER supercharges the BMW Z4 and E46 330i to get 306 HP

The BMW tuners better known for stealing engines out of M5s , G-Power are offering a much simpler way to get a bit more of a kick in the pants from your 3.0 Liter straight six cylinder BMW Z4 and E46 330i at a special price. Instead of swapping out the motor the German hot rod shop is selling the next generation SK Plus NG supercharger. With a modified blower drive gear that is both more efficient and good looking will produce 306 HP and 265 lb-ft of torque from your 3.0 Liter Bimmer of choice for under $5000, that’s not a bad price to pay to put a fresh breath of life back into your BMW whether it be a four door sedan or a drop top roadster.

Check out the press release after the jump for more details.

Source: G-Power
BMW Z4 by AC Schnitzer

The Aachen based tuners at AC Schnitzer have just released a new modified version of the BMW Z4 Roadster . In standard trim the turbocharged Z4 produces 300 HP, but with a little motivation, AC Schnitzer has found another 60 HP which means that the BMW roadster goes from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.9 seconds and has an increased top speed of 177 MPH; not to mention the new aerodynamic pieces and endless wheel choices.

Press release after the jump.

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There is one group of automotive surgeons in Germany that specialize in transplanting the hearts out of the most powerful of BMW models and then inserting them into much smaller, lightweight and nimble chassis. So we weren’t too surprised when we came across the Manhart Racing M3TV10 up for sale on the internet . At the time we were curious as to why the tuning specialist was getting rid of their utilitarian powerhouse, but now we know that it was just o make room and free up a little cash for their latest creation, the Manhart Racing BMW Z4 V10.

Manhart Racing performs open heart surgery on a BMW Z4 M

Following the same formula as most of their creations, the process started by removing the 5.0 Liter 550 HP engine and all the parts that make it work from a BMW M5 before they can squeeze it into the nose of the German automaker’s latest hard top roadster. Along with the engine transplant, the 6 speed manual transmission and rear differential are also incorporated into the build for their strength and proven ability to take the V10’s power. Finishing off the hardware is a Fichtel & Sachs clutch, an AC Schnitzer stainless steel exhaust and a pair of HJS racing catalytic converters to reduce the roadster’s emissions.

Continued after the jump.

The ‘Billboard War’ between Audi and BMW has taken a new life of its own, thanks to the latter’s new Billboard in Ingolstadt, which incidentally, is the home turf of Audi.

If you recall, the two European automakers engaged in a ‘can-you-top-this?’ billboard duel in California, USA last April. The first salvo was thrown by Audi, which created a billboard for the Audi A4 with the tag line ‘Your move, BMW’ at its dealership along Santa Monica Boulevard. Not to be outdone, BMW commissioned Juggernaut Advertising, which came up with a brilliant response to Audi’s billboard. Across the street from the Audi billboard was put up, BMW produced a bigger billboard of its BMW M3 with the simple tag-line of ‘Checkmate’ – a direct reference to Audi’s slogan.

Source: BMW Blog

The crew at the BBC’s Top Gear recently went on safari to one of the most incredible reserves of all time. While they were there, the show’s ring leader Jeremy Clarkson observed two completely different beasts that were made from the same basic rear wheel layout. First up was the more luxurious twin turbocharged BMW Z4 roadster , followed by the modern day Datsun, Nissan’s 370Z . Whereas they both are powered by potent six cylinder engines the two fun to drive machines could not have been any different. The Bimmer was able to dispel Mr. Clarksons original misconception of BMW’s Z machine while Nissan’s version proved to be a pure sports car experience.

Check the video to see for yourself.

Its true that the current generation BMW M3 is without a doubt a genuine high performance machine, but the older E46 M3 is still looking as good as ever and can be had at quite a discount. So why ditch your slightly used car in favor of a brand new one especially when you can add a tuning kit like G-Power’s. The performance upgrade will not only boost the output of your Bimmer’s straight six up to 450 HP but will also increase handling performance and add some style with a new set of rolling stock. One of the best features of the G-Power kit is that there is no need to crack open the engine to fit forged pistons or reinforced connecting rods. Even the exhaust is left just like it came from the factory spitting out the spent gasses that the centrifugal supercharger pumped into the M-tuned engine.

G-Power upgrades the BMW M3 with 450 HP

The upgrade package also includes a set of G-POWER’s new Silverstone Diamond alloys measuring 20 inches in diameter and wrapped in very sticky MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires sized 245/30 in the front and 285/25 in the rear to complete the staggered setup. Hidden behind the new rims is a G-POWER coil-over suspension that is aimed at keeping body roll to a minimum and all four corners of the car planted firmly when the G-POWER M3 goes deep into a turn.

Even though you can use the stock exhaust, G-Power also offers a stainless steel sport muffler that features the legendary G-POWER “DEEPTONE” technology for the ultimate sound and performance. If you happen to be a fan of BMW roadsters, you will be happy to know that the kit will also fit the Z4M model.

Press release after the jump.

Source: G-POWER

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