The brand new BMW Z4 m40i First Edition is here and I'm shocked how much I like it. Let me make that clear.
The Z4 has never reached size – it was always just OK. The first Z4 debuted in 2002, and frankly, it did not look bad. In fact, in my opinion it was probably one of the best Bimmers designed by Chris Bangle, and the coupe version, especially in M-Trim, was a pretty desirable car. However, it has never inspired the desire as much as BMW did on the Z8. Then, as the years went by and the Z4 was redesigned, it got bigger and heavier and less exciting, to the point where I've occasionally forgotten that it's a model that sells BMW.
When the rumors circulated that the new Z car would share a platform and powertrains with the new Toyota Supra, I just shook it off. The new Supra looks cool and everything, but with BMW I was once disappointed. And now, atBMW has dropped what I think is a very handsome, muscular and well-proportioned roadster. Yes, I am a little shocked.
First Edition vehicles come in a frozen orange-metallic finish with an anthracite power-folding soft top. Fortunately, they deviate from the heavy folding roof, and 19-inch alloy wheels are standard. Inside you get chic black leather, a head-up display, power and everything that comes to your mind. It looks like it's a nice place to spend time.
The new Z4 in the M40i configuration is not exactly the replica of the full-fat ZM cars of the past, but it is no longer the biggest Snoozer The convertible line from BMW should probably look best. But is it possible to imitate this with something more than typical Bavarian bravado? Yes, it looks like it could, thanks to a lower center of gravity and a 50/50 weight distribution. Oh, and a turbocharged straight-six that's supposed to produce 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That should also help with the sporty credo.
The First Edition car also comes with an adaptive M sports suspension and big, stocky M sport brakes, as well as an electronically controlled limited slip differential … yes, you guessed it: M Sport. This should mean that the Z4 will be able to drop its well-deserved image as a sluggish mid-age Dadmobile and return to the Z's roots as an attractive, sporty roadster.
Well, this first edition spec Z4 M40i is pretty hot, but it may not be indicative of what we can expect from the more affordable and probably more tame Z4 30i, a model for which we should get specifications for the next month and at Traders will be seen in the spring of 2019.