When BMW unveiled the next-generation Z4 about a month ago in Pebble Beach, it only showed the range-topping M40i variant. Now, the Bavarians are finally ready to talk about the two lesser versions of the lineup, one of which is coming to the United States while the other will remain a European-only affair.

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But first, let’s talk Z4 M40i. The version due to be sold on the old continent has the turbocharged inline-six 3.0-litre petrol engine restricted to 335 bhp and 369 pound-feet of torque to meet the more stringent emissions regulations. In the United States where laws aren’t as strict as they are in Europe, the top dog in the Z4 family pushes out a meaty 382 bhp while torque remains the same at 369 lb-ft.

2019 BMW Z4 M40i

Those willing to settle for a less powerful model can opt for the Z4 sDrive30i with its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine producing 255 bhp and 295 lb-ft. BMW will also sell an entry-level Z4 sDrive20i with a 2.0-litre unit rated at 194 bhp and 236 lb-ft.

2019 BMW Z4 M40i

As far as performance levels are concerned, the Z4 sDrive20i needs 6.6 seconds until 62 mph and tops out at 149 mph. Upgrade to the sDrive30i and the sprint will take 5.4 seconds en route to 155 mph. The flagship M40i completes the quick run in 4.5 seconds and has the same electronically capped maximum velocity.

2019 BMW Z4 M40i

All three flavours of the soft-top roadster are equipped exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a manual being ruled out by BMW since very few people would buy it.

All three variants will be on sale in the UK from 4 October 2018 with a market launch from March 2019. Pricing will be announced on 2 October.

Attached below is the press release for the European-market 2019 BMW Z4.

Gallery: BMW Z4 M40i First Edition (2019)

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The new BMW Z4.

Model variants at launch.


BMW Z4 M40i:

Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Capacity: 2,998 cc, output: 250 kW/340 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm,

max. torque: 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) at 1,600 – 4,500 rpm.

Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.5 seconds,

top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).

Fuel consumption combined*: 7.4 – 7.1 l/100 km (46.3 – 48.7 mpg imp),

CO 2 emissions combined*: 168 – 162 g/km, exhaust standard: EU6d-TEMP.


BMW Z4 sDrive30i:

Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Capacity: 1,998 cc, output: 190 kW/258 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm,

max. torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,550 – 4,400 rpm.

Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.4 seconds,

top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).

Fuel consumption combined*: 6.1 – 6.0 l/100 km (46.3 – 47.1 mpg imp),

CO 2 emissions combined*: 139 – 137 g/km, exhaust standard: EU6d-TEMP.


BMW Z4 sDrive20i:

Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Capacity: 1,998 cc, output: 145 kW/197 hp at 4,500 – 6,500 rpm, max. torque:

320 Nm (236 lb-ft) at 1,450 – 4,200 rpm.

Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 6.6 seconds, top speed: 240 km/h (149 mph).

Fuel consumption combined*: 6.1 – 6.0 l/100 km (46.3 – 47.1 mpg imp), CO 2

emissions combined*: 139 – 137 g/km, exhaust standard: EU6d-TEMP.


* Depending on the tyre format specified.

All figures relating to performance, fuel/electric power consumption and emissions are provisional.

The fuel consumption, CO 2 emissions and electric power consumption figures were determined

according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable. The figures refer to

a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany. The range shown considers the different sizes of the

selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional equipment, and may vary during configuration.


The values are already based on the new WLTP test cycle and are translated back into NEDC-

equivalent values in order to ensure comparability between the vehicles. With respect to these vehicles,

for vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO 2emissions, the CO 2 values

may differ from the values stated here (depending on national legislation).


Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific CO 2 emission values of new

passenger cars is included in the following guideline: 'Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die

CO 2 -Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen' (Guide to the fuel economy,

CO 2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free

of charge from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT),

Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.BMW


Vehicle concept and design.

The roadster, reloaded.


BMW is unveiling an updated interpretation of the classical roadster concept.

The new BMW Z4 is ready to steal the show as a premium open-top sports

car boasting an emotion-packed body design, a fully-electric soft-top roof,

compact proportions and a squarely driver-focused interior. Agility, dynamic

performance and precise handling were all top priorities when developing the

two-seater’s body, powertrain and chassis. The extremely high rigidity of the

body structure and chassis mountings, the intelligent lightweight design and

optimised aerodynamic properties provided the ideal basis for meeting these

objectives. The new design of the front and rear axles benefits not just the

car’s sporty on-road prowess, but its ride comfort too. And the new BMW Z4

combines its pure sporting pedigree with a wealth of highly advanced, top-

class equipment features on the driver assistance, operation and connectivity



From the outside, the way in which the roadster concept has evolved is

particularly plain to see from the car’s proportions. The new BMW Z4 has a

low-slung, sporty, compact appearance when viewed from any angle. It is 85

millimetres longer than its predecessor (at 4,324 millimetres), 74 millimetres

wider (now 1,864 millimetres) and 13 millimetres taller (1,304 millimetres).

The shortening of the wheelbase by 26 millimetres to 2,470 millimetres

serves to sharpen agility, as do the notably wider tracks – 1,609 millimetres at

the front (+ 98 mm) and 1,616 millimetres at the rear (+ 57 mm).The car’s

central seating position, low centre of gravity and minimised weight, as well

as ideal 50 : 50 weight distribution, also contribute to the intoxicating

dynamism of the new BMW Z4.


The Paris Motor Show will provide the setting for the show premiere of the

new BMW Z4 in October 2018. The worldwide market introduction will then

commence in March 2019. The new BMW Z4 will be built at the

BMW Group’s Austrian manufacturing partner, Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik

in Graz. Production will take place on an assembly line installed and operated

to the BMW Group’s strict standards.


Exterior design: a pure aesthetic wrapped in a new design language.

A precise use of forms and a number of signature details form the defining

features of the emotion-packed, pure-bred exterior design of

the new BMW Z4. The combination of just a few lines and a clean-cut surface

design create a very distinctive take on sporting appeal. A powerfully sculpted

front apron with large air intakes, a low, broad BMW kidney grille and

headlights positioned at the outer edges ensure there is no mistaking the car

from the front. The new-look mesh-design BMW kidney grille combines a

track-inspired honeycomb pattern with a three-dimensional structure, whose

elements have a vertical arrangement reminiscent of traditional kidney grille

bars. The headlight units are another first, with the two light sources

positioned one above the other for the first time. The vertical design is cut off

at the top by a diagonal accent strip with integral direction indicator.

The new BMW Z4 is equipped with LED headlights as standard, while the

optional Adaptive LED headlights add a matrix function for the non-dazzling

high beam and cornering lights.


The elongated bonnet with arrow-shaped contour lines directed at the kidney

grille straddles the wheel arches in the “clamshell” style characteristic of

classical sports cars. The joins at the bonnet’s sides merge into the flanks’

upper character line, which runs back to the tail lights. A second character line

emerges from the large Air Breathers behind the front wheel arches. This

interplay of surfaces mimics the flow of air sweeping along the new Z4.


The boot lid’s harmoniously integrated spoiler and the slender, horizontally

arranged light assemblies in the brand’s customary L-shape help to give the

tail of the new BMW Z4 a wide, road-hugging appearance. The rear apron’s

powerful look is further strengthened by the side surrounds and the exhaust

tailpipes flanking the eye-catching diffuser.


Scope for individuality: nine body and two soft-top colours, Sport

Line, M Sport package and BMW M Performance model.

There is a choice of one non-metallic and eight metallic shades for the car’s

exterior paintwork. The soft-top roof comes in Black as standard and

Anthracite with silver effect as an option. It is electrically operated and can be

opened or closed in the space of ten seconds, even while travelling at speeds

up to 50 km/h (31 mph).


Some striking individual touches can be added by opting for the Sport Line or

M Sport package. Sport Line features design elements in High-gloss Black on

the front crossbar and the rear apron’s insert, along with 18-inch light-alloy

wheels. The highlights of the M Sport package, meanwhile, include a three-

section air intake for the front apron, prominent side skirt contouring, a rear

apron with highly distinctive side surrounds and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels.

The new BMW Z4 M40i advertises its particularly sporty character with a

Cerium Grey finish for the surround and front face of the mesh-design

BMW kidney grille, the exterior mirror caps and other design features, plus

trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes.


Interior: keen driver focus and an aura of class.

With its driver-focused cockpit design, lines that surge forward with dynamic

élan and use of trim finishers restricted to just a few areas, the cabin of the

new BMW Z4 is a picture of unadulterated driving pleasure. Electroplated

detailing adds to the roadster’s sophisticated ambience, while the clearly

structured arrangement of the controls focuses the attention even more on

the driving experience. The design of the door panels echoes the wing-

shaped contour visible externally in the car’s flanks, emphasising the harmony

of the exterior and interior design.


Both driver and passenger settle into model-specific sports seats with integral

head restraints. The BMW Z4 sDrive30i is upholstered in Vernasca leather as

standard, available in a choice of Black, Ivory White, Cognac and Magma Red,

each with coordinated contrast stitching and piping. Standard specification for

the BMW Z4 M40i includes a leather and Alcantara interior with blue contrast

stitching and blue piping. As an alternative to the standard Quartz Silver, the

trim finishers can also be specified in High-gloss Black, Aluminium Mesh

Effect or Aluminium Tetragon. The optional draught stop fits flush between

the fixed rollover bars. The bars are finished in Aluminium satinated on Sport

Line, High-gloss Black with the M Sport package and Cerium Grey on the

BMW Z4 M40i. Specially designed door sill strips and trim finishers, a

Sensatec instrument panel, and M sports seats with additional adjustment

options can also be ordered for these model variants. The M Sport package

and BMW M Performance model add an M leather steering wheel, M pedals

and an M driver’s footrest.


Powertrain and driving experience.

Pure sportiness.


With compact proportions, a low centre of gravity, low weight, perfect 50 : 50

weight distribution, a very rigid body and chassis structure, and optimised

aerodynamic properties, the new BMW roadster comes with the ideal

credentials for exhilarating, sporty performance. The requisite power is

supplied by a choice of three petrol engines, each making their debut in the

new BMW Z4 in their most recent incarnation. Assuming the role of range-

topper in the new BMW Z4 M40i is a further improved straight-six unit

featuring M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. Four-cylinder petrol

engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and increased output take

their place in the BMW Z4 sDrive30i and BMW Z4 sDrive20i models for the

first time. The line-up of technology designed to boost both dynamism and

efficiency includes a twin-scroll turbocharging system, High Precision

Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and Double-VANOS

variable camshaft control. There is also a new generation of eight-speed

Steptronic transmissions to handle the task of directing the engines’ power to

the rear wheels.


The Z4’s chassis technology has been designed and tuned with a very clear

objective in mind: to harness the engines’ zest and turn it into unbeatable

driving pleasure. The agile handling and dynamic performance potential of the

new BMW Z4 is down in no small part to the variable sport steering that

comes as standard on all model variants, while the electronically controlled

dampers, M Sport brakes and electronically controlled M Sport rear differential

fitted on certain models make the car even nimbler on the road.


BMW M Performance model with straight-six engine.

The roadster’s model line-up is spearheaded by a BMW M Performance

version. The new BMW Z4 M40i conjures the power required for its

breathtaking performance from a 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine, whose

inherently instantaneous response, hearty appetite for revs and smoothness

combine with improved efficiency and reduced emissions. The new power

unit’s standout features include a water-cooled exhaust manifold integrated

into the cylinder head, sharper turbocharger response and superior

acceleration, and direct injection technology which now works at increased

maximum pressure of 350 bar. Drivers have a maximum output of

250 kW/340 hp at their disposal between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, plus 500 Nm

(369 lb-ft) of peak torque can be summoned from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm.


A ceaseless build-up of power enables the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h

(62 mph) in 4.5 seconds. The new BMW Z4 M40i posts combined fuel

consumption of 7.4 – 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres (38.2 – 39.8 mpg imp)*,

equating to CO 2 emissions of 168 – 162 grams per kilometre*. The straight-

six engine now runs more cleanly, too, thanks to a system of emission control

that comprises an enlarged, close-coupled catalytic converter and a gasoline

particulate filter, and enables the new Z4 M40i to meet the extremely

stringent Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard.


More power with lower emissions – the new four-cylinder engines.

The choice of engines for the new BMW Z4 is rounded off by a pair of new

four-cylinder units. Both have a capacity of 2.0 litres and likewise set new

standards in terms of power delivery, efficiency and emissions. The output of

both engines has been upped by 10 kW/13 hp over their predecessors.

Their updated BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology packages include a High

Precision Injection system whose maximum pressure has now been increased

to 350 bar. And the four-cylinder variants of the new BMW Z4 likewise come

complete with a gasoline particulate filter and comply with the Euro 6d-TEMP

emissions standard.


The engine under the bonnet of the new BMW Z4 sDrive30i delivers its

maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, while

peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) is available from 1,550 up to 4,400 rpm.

The result is a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 5.4 seconds. Combined

fuel consumption of 6.1 – 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres [46.3 – 47.1 mpg imp)*

and CO 2 emissions of 139 – 137 grams per kilometre* are impressive proof of

the model’s outstanding efficiency.


The maximum output of 145 kW/197 hp developed by the new

BMW Z4 sDrive20i between 4,500 and 6,500 rpm and peak torque of

320 Nm (236 lb-ft) on tap from 1,450 to 4,200 rpm propel the car to 100 km/h

(62 mph) from rest in 6.6 seconds. The new BMW Z4 sDrive20i burns an

average of 6.1 – 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres [46.3 – 47.1 mpg imp)* and

produces CO 2 emissions of 139 – 137 grams per kilometre*.


* The fuel consumption, CO 2 emissions, electric power consumption and operating range figures were

determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable. The figures

refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different sizes

of the selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional equipment.


Eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with optimised


All model variants of the new BMW Z4 come equipped with the eight-speed

Steptronic Sport transmission as standard. Besides a wider ratio spread, the

latest version of the automatic transmission also offers even sportier gear

shifts. The shorter ratios for the transmission’s lower gears are a boon for

acceleration and the unit’s improved internal efficiency allows it to operate

more effectively too. Plus, there are shift paddles on the steering wheel

enabling manual gear selections.


The transmission also features a Launch Control function for accelerating

hard from a standing start with optimised traction. The eight-speed Steptronic

Sport transmission fitted in the BMW Z4 M40i has been configured with M-

specific shift characteristics very much in tune with the straight-six engine’s

power delivery.


New chassis design enhances both agility and comfort.

The chassis technology in the new BMW Z4 has been designed squarely to

deliver supreme agility and handling dynamics, and comprises a newly

designed double-joint spring strut axle at the front and a five-link rear axle

making its debut in a BMW roadster. This combination strikes just the right

balance between sportiness and ride comfort. The front axle subframe and

control arm mountings are extremely rigid, which lends itself to precise

cornering characteristics and also has a beneficial effect on the drivetrain’s

acoustics. The sports car tuning of the front axle elastokinematics aids the

new Z4’s steering precision at the same time as making its lateral handling

characteristics more dynamic. Fitting aluminium control arms and swivel

bearings has reduced unsprung masses, resulting in superior agility and

efficiency. The new rear axle likewise employs a lightweight aluminium/steel

design that saves weight. The large supporting base and very rigid structure

of the rear axle subframe as well as the shear panels used for connecting it to

the body result in extremely precise wheel guidance. All of which makes it

possible to blend agile handling with a high level of ride comfort.


Another feature to be found on the standard equipment list is the variable

sport steering with adjustment of both power assistance and steering angle to

suit the situation at hand. This particular version of the Electric Power Steering

system is designed to promote not just straight-line stability

in the new BMW Z4, but also slick cornering and effortless low-speed



The car’s impressively sporty handling characteristics are further aided by a

powerful lightweight braking system and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

system, whose wealth of features includes the Anti-lock Braking System

(ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC),

Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Start-Off Assistant. The Performance

Control function also included as standard gives the new BMW Z4 even

nimbler handling by varying the distribution of drive torque to the rear wheels

according to the situation at hand.


M Sport differential, Adaptive M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes

and high-performance tyres for maximum dynamism.

The Adaptive M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes and M Sport differential

(all part of standard specification for the new BMW Z4 M40i, together with

high-performance tyres) elevate the car’s sporty handling abilities to even

greater heights. With these chassis systems on board, the differences in the

car’s responses when moving between the COMFORT, SPORT and

SPORT+ modes with the Driving Experience Control switch are particularly

noticeable. As well as lowering the car’s ride height by ten millimetres, the

Adaptive M Sport suspension also adds electronically controlled dampers,

whose operating characteristics can assume a more comfortable or more

dynamic bias depending on the mode selected with the Driving Experience

Control switch. The electronically controlled M Sport rear differential gives the

handling of the new BMW Z4 an even sharper sporting edge. An electric

motor generates a locking effect that limits speed equalisation between the

inside and outside rear wheel when cornering, making it possible to power out

of bends with remarkable dynamic verve. The active differential lock also gives

the car greater assurance when darting through corners, and aids ride comfort

and traction, too. The variable distribution of drive torque between the left and

right-hand rear wheels nips any understeer or oversteer in the bud without the

need to brake.


The standard 17-inch (BMW Z4 sDrive20i and BMW Z4 sDrive30i) or 18-inch

(BMW Z4 M40i) light-alloy wheels and optional 19-inch items are all shod with

mixed-size tyres. The wider rear tyres’ increased potential for directional

control was factored into the chassis tuning for all variants of the Z4.


Equipment and driver assistance systems.

Innovations to enhance driving pleasure,

comfort and safety.


The new BMW Z4 isn’t just about classical roadster proportions, punchy

design and pure driving pleasure – it is also awash with top-class, state-of-

the-art equipment features. Besides treating the driver and passenger to an

exhilarating driving experience, the two-seater also pampers them with the

latest comfort features. The options list contains all sorts of different ways

to customise the new BMW Z4 so that it reflects the owner’s personal style.


The array of cutting-edge driver assistance systems available for the Z4 is

unrivalled in this segment. They are designed to optimise specific aspects of

comfort and safety and relieve the strain on the driver, particularly on long-

distance journeys and in city traffic. The list of options includes Active Cruise

Control with Stop & Go function, the Lane Change and Lane Departure

Warning systems, as well as a Parking Assistant including Reversing

Assistant. The new BMW Z4 is also the first roadster to be made available (as

an option) with the BMW Head-Up Display.


Safety can be given a further boost by opting for the Adaptive LED headlights,

whose pioneering matrix technology for the high beam allows range to be

increased while preventing other road users from being dazzled. Here, high

beam is divided into four LED segments, which can be activated and

deactivated independently of one another as the traffic situation demands,

and when travelling at speeds above 70 km/h (44 mph). The instant the front-

mounted camera on the new BMW Z4 detects an oncoming vehicle or a

vehicle in front, low beam only will be used to illuminate the area around the

vehicle. The other features of the Adaptive LED headlights include the

adaptive and cornering light functions, which use an additional LED module.

Finally, the low-beam range is increased in motorway driving to optimise

illumination of the road ahead.


A personal sense of well-being: two-zone automatic climate control,

ambient lighting, Harman Kardon surround sound system.

The driver-focused cockpit design and clearly structured arrangement of the

controls help drivers of the new BMW Z4 to concentrate on the main job at

hand. The Start/Stop button for switching the engine on and off has been

incorporated into the control panel on the centre console, whose

harmoniously styled surface is also home to the shift lever or gear selector,

the iDrive Controller, the Driving Experience Control switch, as well as the

button for the Electric Parking Brake and the switch for the electrically

operated soft-top roof. There is a further panel of buttons in the centre of the

instrument panel for controlling the air conditioning system. The optional two-

zone automatic climate control allows the temperature and ventilation settings

to be adjusted separately for the driver and passenger side. Automatically

dimming and folding exterior mirrors are also available, as is Comfort Access.

With this feature fitted, the soft-top can be operated using the car key.


The optional ambient lighting brings a particularly atmospheric mood to the

cabin. LED fibre-optic guides light up the instrument panel’s accent strips on

either side of the steering wheel and provide indirect illumination of the centre

console’s edging, accentuating the areas of the cockpit of most importance

for focused driving. The colour and brightness of the lighting effect are

adjusted in the iDrive menu. The standard-fit audio system, meanwhile, can

be upgraded by opting for the hi-fi speaker system with a total of ten speakers

and output of 205 watts. For an even more impressive aural experience, there

is the Harman Kardon surround sound system complete with digital amplifier,

12 speakers and 464-watt total output.


Model-specific seats, large cupholders and over 50 per cent more

boot capacity.

The new BMW Z4 comes as standard with bespoke sports seats including

integral head restraints. The seat rails have been extended in length by

23 millimetres over those in the predecessor model, allowing the seats to be

adjusted to the ideal fore/aft position. Electric seat adjustment with memory

function is optionally available for both seats, allowing their fore/aft position,

height and tilt as well as the backrest angle to be altered and stored using a

control pad on the outer edge of the seat cushion. The optional M sports

seats include electro-pneumatic backrest width adjustment to optimise lateral

support through high-speed corners.


The practicality of the new BMW Z4 has been increased by features such as a

storage space behind the seats with a retaining net, large cupholders under

the centre armrest cover (which folds open in two sections with a longitudinal

split) and roomy door pockets. The boot capacity is 281 litres (with the soft-

top open or closed), an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to the

previous Z4. An optional through-loading system extends the possibilities for

handling various transportation tasks during everyday use and when going

away on trips.


Innovative systems to help drivers stay in lane, park and reverse.

The highly advanced nature of the new BMW Z4 is further underlined by the

class-leading variety of driver assistance systems on offer. Collision Warning

and the Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function come as standard, as

does the Lane Departure Warning system. The list of options includes Active

Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, the Speed Limit Info system with No

Passing Info display, distance information, the Lane Change Warning System,

plus Rear Collision Prevention and Cross-Traffic Alert.


Elsewhere, the BMW Head-Up Display, which projects driving-related

information onto the windscreen and therefore straight into the driver’s field of

view, is available for a roadster for the first time. The only system of its kind in

this segment, it shows the driver the car’s speed in figures, along with status

indicators from the driver assistance systems, route guidance instructions and

lane recommendations from the navigation system, Check Control messages,

and in-car entertainment details, such as the radio station or track title. Full-

colour graphics are used to convey the relevant information.


Active Park Distance Control and the rear view camera come to the driver’s

aid when manoeuvring or parking. These two systems both form part of the

Parking Assistant, which takes care of steering, accelerating, braking and

selecting gears during parking manoeuvres. The assistant can be used for

reverse parking in either parallel or perpendicular spaces, as well as for

manoeuvring out of a parallel parking space at the side of the road. The range

of functions also includes the Reversing Assistant, which offers the highly

convenient option of automated reversing in situations where there is little

margin for error or the driver does not have a clear view. To do this, the

system stores the steering movements for the section of road the car has just

driven forward along. It then traces these last forward movements when

reversing and keeps the car on exactly the same path for a distance of up to

50 metres. All the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals

and keep an eye on the area around the car.


Display and operating system,

BMW Connected and ConnectedDrive.

Intuitive operation, intelligent



The BMW Live Cockpit Professional offered for the new BMW Z4 brings a

new display & operating system and the ultimate in connectivity together into

a superb all-round package. Its ensemble of fully digital displays consists of a

high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and the Control

Display in the centre console, each of which has a screen diagonal of 10.25

inches. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional also features an adaptive

navigation system, a hard-drive-based multimedia system, two USB ports,

plus Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces.


The inclusion of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional means that the car

benefits from the most recent incarnation of the display & operating system,

powered by the brand new BMW Operating System 7.0. Its displays are fully

digital and geared even more closely to the driver’s personal needs so as to

optimise attention levels. Clear presentation and structuring are designed to

always provide drivers with the right information at the right time, further

helped by customisable and personalised displays. The redesigned

information display in the middle of the instrument cluster now leaves enough

room for an excerpt from the navigation map, for instance. The main menu of

the Control Display allows the driver to configure up to ten pages, each

showing two to four pads (tiles) with live content. Both the content and the

visuals are personalised to an even greater degree, as illustrated by vehicle

graphics that match the actual model colour and equipment line. The intuitive

multimodal interaction between driver and vehicle has been further improved.

The Control Display graphics adapt depending on the operating method, and

the voice control system based on natural language understanding also

reaches new heights. Depending on the situation, the driver can choose from

the familiar iDrive Controller, the controls on the steering wheel, touch control

using the Control Display or voice control.


Always up to date thanks to Remote Software Upgrade.

The Remote Software Upgrade feature keeps the new BMW Z4 up to date

with the latest software. All updates can be imported over the air, either via the

BMW Connected app on a smartphone or directly into the car using its built-in

SIM card. Installation is every bit as simple as a smartphone update.

The contents of the upgrades vary, from security and quality enhancements

to new software services and improved vehicle functions. Customers can also

select or deselect functions that have been added at a later date.

This maximises flexibility while also saving customers a great deal of time, as

they no longer need to pay a visit to the BMW Service Partner for updates.


Connected Navigation with new digital services.

“Connected Navigation” encompasses a number of digital services designed

to turn seamless and contextual route planning both inside and outside the

BMW into an even more sophisticated experience. In future, drivers of the

new BMW Z4 will be able to send destinations from various apps straight to

their car’s navigation system. The most important destinations will be stored

in BMW Connected and synchronised with the car, so that key addresses can

be accessed from any device at any time. One particularly helpful new feature

is the Parking Space Assistant, which proposes various parking options to the

driver in good time before the destination is reached. This service includes

providing information on the nearest multi-storey car park as well as proposing

routes offering a particularly good chance of finding a parking spot close to

the destination. The existing On-Street Parking Information and ParkNow

services have been intelligently incorporated into the new assistant’s range of



BMW Digital Key: turning a smartphone into a car key.

The BMW Digital Key employs Near Field Communication (NFC) technology

to allow the new BMW Z4 to be locked and unlocked from a smartphone,

dispensing with the need for a conventional car key. The smartphone simply

has to be held up to the door handle to open the vehicle and, once inside, the

engine can be started as soon as it has been placed in the Wireless Charging

or smartphone tray. Accessible via the BMW Connected app, the Digital Key

offers unrivalled flexibility, as the driver can share it with up to five other

people. The BMW Digital Key is available for all NFC-capable Samsung