There are a lot of special-edition BMW models in Japan. Don’t ask us why that’s the case but something about that market really speaks to the Bavarian automaker. We’re admittedly jealous about this fact, more so now that another special-edition Bimmer — a Z4 , no less! — is headed to the Asian.
It’s called the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit and it looks downright gorgeous. The model is exclusively earmarked for the Japanese market as BMW’s way of celebrating the BMW Sports Trophy team’s one-two finish in the Super GT series. Care to guess what car the team was racing in? Yep, a BMW Z4 GT3 .
That’s the reason why BMW has allocated all 60 units of the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit for Japan at a price of 6.090 million yen — close to $60,000 as of 7/8/2014. No other country will get these cars, which again is making us really jealous. Care to spare a few here in America, BMW?
The list of modifications for this special-edition Z4 are limited to cosmetic upgrades, some of which actually pay homage to the Z4 GT3 race car. The Alpine White body is the same as the race car with the tri-color M graphics also making an appearance in the front section of the Z4.
Those are just the start of the exclusive touches given to this particular Z4. There’s plenty more in there that really brings out the best in this special-edition model.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit.
BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit in Detail
Other than the Alpine White body and the M graphics in the front, the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit also comes with a black kidney grille and a set of 19-inch, M lightweight alloy wheels.
Like the standard version, the BMW Z4 sDrive20i GT Spirit is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine delivering 184 PS (135 kW) and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque. It’s enough for a 0-to-62-mph (0-to-100-km/h) run of 6.9 seconds and a 146-mph (235 km/h) top speed when configured with the optional eight-speed sport-automatic gearbox.
Inside, Japanese customers will likewise be treated to a number of aesthetic improvements, including M-branded door sill plates, aluminum pedals, and of course, leather and Alcantara upholstery with matching orange accents.
Unfortunately, this special-edition BMW Z4 won’t come with any performance upgrades. That’s disappointing because the model only comes with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. None of the more powerful engines are going to be used so that’s a bummer. In any case, this Z4 is still capable of hitting 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 146 mph.