The fascination was there at first sight, now it is confirmed by the driving experience. The BMW Z4 Coupe lines up to inspire the friends of twoseater sports-cars. Already introduced at the 2005 Frankfurt Auto Show, BMW Z4 Coupe could wake up emotions, desirability and high expectations.
In 2003, BMW launched an all-new 2-seater sports car, the Z4 Roadster. The Z4 lineup offered a pair of models, each powered by a version of BMW’s famously smooth and sonorous inline 6-cylinder engine. Firmly planted suspension, standard run-flat performance tires and state-of-the-art stability electronics were anchored in a remarkably rigid Roadster body/chassis structure; all of this was clothed in a unique and captivating look. Inside, the driver could enjoy the Z4’s innate sportiness while also savoring extensive comfort and convenience features as well as innovative design and materials.
For 2006, the Z4 has undergone its first major evolution. Heading an extensive list of updates and improvements are all-new, more powerful engines; 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions available on all models; more powerful brakes, standard 17-in. wheels and tires across the board, and a more advanced Dynamic Stability Control system. Along with all this driving-oriented progress, design and materials refinements inside and out enhance both aesthetics and function.
And now, still within the 2006 model year, the Z4 acquires a new family member: the Z4 Coupe 3.0si. As the Series‘ first closed-body model, the new Coupe encloses its two seats and a larger cargo area in a graceful fastback body that retains the Z4’s unique aesthetic character while looking expressively new. With this addition, the Z4 lineup now consists of three models: Z4 Roadster 3.0i at $36,295 including destination as the “base“ variant; Z4 Roadster 3.0si at $42,795 with higher performance and other increments of technology and features; and the new Z4 Coupe 3.0si, which shares its performance and equipment level with the Roadster 3.0si. The Coupe has a base price of $40,795 including destination charge; like the Roadsters it is produced at BMW’s newly configured and updated production facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Production of the Coupe begins on May 1, 2006.
The Coupe shares a comprehensive freshening with the ‘06 Roadsters, whose production began on February 1:
- All-new, more powerful N52 engines for all models –
- Magnesium/aluminum composite construction
- Valvetronic variable intake-valve lift
- Electric water pump
- Volume-controlled oil pump
- Roadster 3.0i – 215 hp/185 lb-ft. torque vs. former 2.5i’s 184 hp/175 lb-ft.
- Roadster and Coupe 3.0si – 255 hp/220 lb-ft. torque vs. former Roadster 3.0i’s 225 hp/214 lb-ft.
- New final drive ratios, numerically higher to further improve acceleration (Coupe ratios differ from those of Roadster 3.0si)
- 6-speed manual transmission now standard on all models (former 2.5i model had a 5-speed)
- 6-speed automatic transmission optional on all models (formerly 5-speed), with new features:
- Shift paddles on steering wheel
- Direct Selection of Manual shift mode via paddle downshift
- Sportier overall programming
- 17-in. wheels and tires now standard on all models; new 17-in. differentiated front/rear sizes as part of 3.0i Sport Package; new wheel designs throughout
- Dynamic Stability Control system incorporates new braking functions –
- Brake Fade Compensation
- Brake Standby
- Brake Drying
- Start-off Assistant
- Modulated ABS function, for smoother operation