Much like the 3 Series Coupe that preceded it, the 4 Series lineage has grown to include a multitude of trims. Ranging from fuel-efficient diesels to the more powerful 335i, and from the four-door Gran Coupe to the Convertible, the 4 Series family can satisfy a wide range of customers. Come 2015 and BMW added a new iteration to the 4 Series. Interestingly enough, it’s not a new base model that would bring a fuel-sipping powerplant to the U.S., but a performance-oriented car positioned above the range-topping 435i. Meet the 435i ZHP Edition, or the first 4 Series likely to become a collectible in the near future.

I say "collectible" because the coupe you see here is limited to only 100 examples, making it the rarest 4 Series as of 2015.

Making this limited edition that much more important is the fact that it revives a performance package first introduced in 2003. Originally named the ZHP Performance Package, the bundle added the M-Tech II body kit, ZHP upgraded suspension parts and settings, and special camshafts that raised engine output and allowed a higher redline to the E46 3 Series. Slotted between the 330i and the M3, the E46 ZHP brought "track-inspired excitement to your daily drive." More than a decade later, BMW promises the same with the 435i ZHP Edition.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 435i ZHP Edition.

  • 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Edition
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    335
  • Torque @ RPM:
    317
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    48500 (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The 435i ZHP Edition stands out in a pack of standard 435i coupes thanks to the M Performance Aerodynamics Package fitted as standard. The bundle enhances the car’s exterior by means of front and rear carbon-made spoilers and a race-inspired rear diffuser crafted from PUR-RIM, a high-quality polymer.

It's aggressive enough to stand out among other 4 Series, but without eclipsing the full-fledged M coupe.

The coupe also received carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) front splitter and rear spoiler, and an M Performance twin-kidney grille finished in black.

Rounding off the ZHP Edition is a set of 18-inch, Orbit Grey, V-Spoke wheels, which come with the Track Handling Package, the M Performance decals on the rocker panels, and the stainless steel exhaust pipes with a brushed finish. Exterior colors are limited to only Alpine White and Black Sapphire Metallic.

Overall, the result is stunning to look at and bridges the gap between the standard 435i and the high-performance M4 quite well. It’s aggressive enough to stand out among other 4 Series, but without eclipsing the full-fledged M coupe. BMW should really consider a full-time production model in a similar trim.

Interior

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On the inside, updates are more subtle. Highlights include the Aluminum Hexagon trim, which provides a sportier feel compared to other interior trims available for the 4 Series, gloss-black accents throughout the cabin, and an M Sport steering wheel. All three features are part of the M Sport Package that’s also included with the ZHP Edition.

Much like the exterior, the interior is sober yet sporty.

Additionally, the Sport Mode display has been updated to show increased power figures. Much like the exterior, the interior is sober yet sporty, a characteristic defined by the overall black layout highlighted by aluminum and chrome inserts.

A flat-bottom steering wheel and a set of racier front seats would’ve made the ZHP Edition even better, but I’m not complaining. BMW successfully managed to slot this special-edition car between the 435i and the M4.

Drivetrain

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This is where things become a lot more interesting. Although most special-edition Bimmers usually come with no modifications under the hood, the 435i ZHP got its fair share of drivetrain updates via the brand’s M Performance Power Kit, consisting of engine tuning software and an M Performance engine air intake system. As a result, horsepower increased from 300 horses in the standard model to 335 horsepower, while torque was bumped from 300 pound-feet to 317 pound-feet for models with the six-speed manual transmission and 332 pound-feet with the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Although most special-edition Bimmers usually come with no modifications under the hood, the 435i ZHP got its fair share of drivetrain updates via the brand's M Performance Power Kit.

The enhanced output also translates into improved acceleration. The 435i ZHP is 0.2 second quicker from 0 to 60 mph than the standard car at 4.5 seconds and a half-second faster from 50 to 75 mph. BMW also quotes a more dynamic pedal calibration in Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes, and an optimized exhaust sound. Making the ZHP roar more aggressively is the stainless-steel M Performance exhaust that also sheds nearly nine pounds of weight.

Chassis enhancements include Adaptive M Suspension with variable damper technology and Variable Sport Steering, and M Sport brakes. The braking package adds four-piston calipers at the front and two-piston calipers at the back.

BMW also offers a limited-slip differential with the ZHP Edition. The M Performance unit utilizes the clutch plates for a total of 30 percent lockup on acceleration and nine percent lockup on deceleration. It provides instant power to the wheel that has the greatest amount of grip to gain better traction out of tight corners. The LSD should make those track weekend more enjoyable.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder
Output 335 HP
Torque 332 LB-FT (automatic)/317 LB-FT (manual)
Transmission 8-speed automatic/6-speed manual
0 to 60 mph 4.5 seconds

Prices

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BMW has yet to unveil pricing for the ZHP Edition, but it did say production, which will begin in July 2015, will be limited to only 100 units. If I were to take a guess, I’d say the ZHP Edition will start from around $55,000. The most expensive version of the 435i Coupe retails from $48,250.

Competition

Audi S5

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With the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe still in development as of May 2015, the Audi S5 remains the ZHP Edition’s only German-built competitor. With 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque coming from a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6, the S5 is right up the ZHP Edition’s alley in terms output. However, it is a bit slower than the Bimmer from 0 to 60 mph, needing 4.8 seconds to hit the benchmark the ZHP reaches in 4.5 ticks. The S5 is actually slower than the regular 435i as well, but that won’t bother customers looking for a refined interior with top-notch fit and finish.

The exterior is where the S5 scores some extra points, mainly due to its sinister looks, especially in black. On the other hand, some might consider its interior a bit outdated style-wise and I have a feeling the ZHP Edition would be the better performer at the track. Pricing for the S5 starts from $52,500 before destination and options.

Read more about the German coupe in our detailed review here.

Chevrolet Camaro V6

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You might argue that the Chevy Camaro isn’t quite as nimble as the BMW 4 Series, especially if equipped with the track-ready ZHP package, but this might very well change with the sixth-generation car. More compact and lighter than its predecessor, the Camaro has evolved into a real sports coupe.

The new V6 model is best suited to take on the ZHP Edition with a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. Sure, it’s significantly less torquey than the Bimmer, but it should be good for 0-to-60 mph sprints of under five seconds. Since there’s no official data available as of this writing, all we can do is wait for more info. Pricing, as you might have already guessed, is still a mystery, though the Camaro should be a bargain compared to the 4 Series.

Find out more about the sixth-gen Camaro in our detailed review here.

Conclusion

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Needless to say, the ZHP Edition is the much-rumored M435i BMW never built. It has tons of M Performance parts, an upgraded engine to set it apart from the regular 435i, and it’s almost as aggressive as the M4 design-wise. The fact that it wears the iconic ZHP name makes it that much better, but the limited production run places it in an exclusive niche very few people will have access to.

All I can hope is that the ZHP Edition previews that M Performance 4 Series everyone’s been waiting for so long. There’s absolutely no reason why BMW shouldn’t build it. Hopefully, the positive response to the ZHP Edition will sway some minds. Meanwhile, get your check books ready as this limited-edition 435i will probably sell out in a matter of hours.

  • Leave it
    • Limited production run will upset a few enthusiasts
    • Not exactly affordable
    • The new Camaro V6 sounds like a better deal

Press Release

Paying tribute to the iconic ZHP Performance Package, BMW today released details for a 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition. The original ZHP option code was created by BMW Individual as a performance package for the 2003-2006 E46 3 Series that included the M-Tech II body kit, a ZHP shifter knob and shifter, upgraded suspension parts and settings, a different DME and special cam shafts that raised power output to 235 hp and allowed for a higher redline. Fulfilling the desires of true enthusiasts, the package was soon referred to by its internal option package code ‘ZHP’. BMW of North America embraced the thirst for the unique BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition once more resulting in the unique collaboration between factory options and key elements from the exciting BMW M Performance Accessory catalogue. Only 100 of these very special cars will be offered.

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The new BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition is not just a vehicle with improved optics and aerodynamics; it is also notably quicker with more precise handling. These components take the vehicle’s capabilities to levels that those familiar with BMW’s racing heritage can appreciate. The BMW M Performance line of accessories provides a distinctive, sporty character to further enhance driving dynamics and is the result of years of racing expertise and has been developed in close collaboration with BMW M GmbH. Each component goes through an intensive development and manufacturing process resulting in uncompromised performance. Exclusive chassis, aerodynamic, cockpit and powertrain components are found throughout the BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition. Key characteristics are:

Track Handling Package, new for MY16
BMW M Performance Limited Slip Differential (LSD)
BMW M Performance Parts
M Sport Package

Track Handling Package

Designed to increase the dynamic capabilities of the already agile BMW 435i, the Track Handling Package adds 18” Orbit Grey V-Spoke Wheels and M Sport Brakes with 4 piston fixed front and 2 piston fixed rear calipers adding to the vehicles thirst and drivers demand for speed and acceleration. Moreover, this package incorporates the Adaptive M Suspension with variable damper technology as well as Variable Sport Steering.

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BMW M Performance Limited Slip Differential

Designed and created for BMW enthusiasts, the mechanical Limited Slip Differential provides the extra performance advantage that true performance drivers desire. This differential utilizes 3 clutch plates for a total of 30% lockup on acceleration and 9% lockup on deceleration. This lockup provides instant power to the wheel that has the greatest amount of grip to gain better traction out of tight corners. An additional benefit in low-grip situations is that both wheels get equal torque, meaning more forward driving force on roads with reduced traction. The M Performance limited slip differential optimizes the traction, and ensures more controlled and precise driving behavior at the vehicles limits of adhesion. The M Performance LSD is a true advantage while at the track or in sporty driving situations.

The advantage can be felt at the track and in everyday driving. The improved vehicle dynamics are clearly present with the LSD as more torque can be transferred to the road at any given time, allowing for quicker acceleration out of corners.
Traction is improved for any type of road condition.
The LSD integrates seamlessly with the vehicles’ DSC system.

BMW M Performance Engine Kit (+35 hp, up to +32 lb-ft)

The BMW 435i ZHP Edition gets an exhilarating boost in performance thanks to the new

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M Performance Power Kit enabling an unprecedented level of acceleration and speed. The BMW M Performance Power Kit features engine tuning software and a new

M Performance Engine Air Intake system. In addition, a replacement M Performance Engine Cover and Rocker Panel Decals provide visual distinction this special edition vehicle deserves. Power and torque figures are now updated as follows:

Horsepower increased to 335hp (35hp gain).
Torque is increased to 332 lb-ft (automatic transmission, 32 ft/lb gain) and 317 lb-ft (manual transmission, 17 ft/lb gain).
Improved acceleration that drivers can feel immediately when compared to a standard 435i:
2 seconds faster than the standard 435i model from 0 mph to 60 mph.
5 seconds faster than the standard 435i model from 50 mph to 75 mph.
More dynamic accelerator pedal calibration in Comfort, Sport and Sport + Modes, provides an even quicker engine response.
Exhaust “burble” sound during engine overrun conditions. The M Performance Power Kit ensures an optimized engine and exhaust system sound. The exhaust “burble” is enabled in Comfort mode and amplified even further in Sport mode. As a result, the car sound amplifies ’performance’.
Sport Display now shows increased power figures (400 hp and 400 lb-ft) to reflect increased performance.
The M Performance Rocker Panel Decals give the car a sportier look, even from the outside, providing a hint of the car’s hidden performance.

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BMW M Performance Exhaust

The stainless-steel M performance Exhaust sheds 8.8 pounds of weight while also reducing backpressure for improved dynamic performance, producing a sound that is perfectly balanced for performance and comfort. Two stainless steel tips with a brushed finish connect to a muffler with a straight-through design.

BMW M Performance Aerodynamics Package

The BMW 435i ZHP Edition is also enhanced by the addition of the M Performance Aerodynamics Package. This package underlines the sporting appearance of this special edition vehicle. It comprises of the following components: A front and rear spoiler made from high-quality carbon, as well as a rear diffuser made from PUR-RIM a specially crafted high quality polymer. The dynamic elegance of the M Performance Aerodynamics package amplifies the vehicles exemplary sportiness even further. Above all it offers optimized aerodynamics and accentuates the car’s sporty driving behavior.

Made entirely from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), the design of the front M Performance Front Carbon Fiber Splitter and rear M Performance Carbon Fiber Spoiler give the BMW 435i ZHP Edition a powerful appearance.
3 striking, embossed bars are integrated into the design of the rear M Performance Diffuser. Their pointed appearance accentuates the car’s sporty character.
The integrated expanded grille in the rear diffuser painted in matte black produces an additional motorsport feel.
M Performance Black Kidney Grilles round off this striking BMW M Performance Aerodynamic Package.

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M Sport Package

The BMW 435i ZHP Edition incorporates the M Sport Package comprised of the front and rear Aerodynamic kit, Aluminum Hexagon Trim with a Black high-gloss accent and an M Sport steering wheel.

Only 100 BMW 435i ZHP Editions will be produced making it an exclusive option for customers in search for something truly special. Available with either a Sport Automatic 8 speed or a 6 speed Manual Transmission, the customer can choose to drive either an Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic BMW 435i ZHP Edition.

The ZHP will be available through selected BMW M Centers with production starting in July.

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Pricing on the new BMW 435i ZHP Edition will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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