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.