BMW’s new Z4 3.0si Coupe and the high performance Z4 M Coupe are on sale in New Zealand.
Previously available only as a two-seat open-top model, the Z4’s Coupe version will be launched with the flagship six-cylinder 3.0-litre and 3.2-litre M models. The addition of the new top creates a further evolution of the Z4’s distinctive design language, presenting a low, powerful-looking Coupe. The flowing roofline visibly moves the car’s centre of gravity to the rear, above the rear axle. The impression is further accentuated by the concave curvature in the middle of the roof, highlighting the sculpting of the roof panel to ensure ample head room for even the tallest driver. With a classic Coupe silhouette and the “Hofmeister” on the rear side windows so typical of the brand, this two-seater stands out from the beginning as a truly sporting BMW.
From behind, the Coupe looks low, dynamic and fast. The tail lights follow a slightly sweeping line that takes in the flowing shape of the rear spoiler. The tailgate is opened via the lock housed conveniently and out of sight in the BMW logo.
Powered by the latest and most powerful version of BMW’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder double-VANOS engine, the Z4 Coupe 3.0si develops 195-kilowatts (265-horsepower) at 6600rpm – and peak torque of 315Nm from 2500rpm to 4000rpm. Weighing just 161 kilos, this engine is the lightest engine in the world in its performance class by virtue of its magnesium-aluminium construction.
Available coupled with either a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic with Steptronic manual shift capability on the gear shift or using steering wheel “paddles”, it powers the car from 0-100km/h in 5.7-seconds.
BMW’s advanced DSC “suite” of electronic safety systems is standard on the Z4 Coupe, and for the global launch includes Automatic Stability Control (ASC); Corner Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Dynamic Brake
For the pure driving enthusiast, the new high-performance BMW Z4 M Coupe represents the latest “must have” from BMW’s respected M brand. Its 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine generates 252 kilowatts (343-horsepower) and 365Nm of torque. Maximum power is generated at 7900rpm while 80 percent of the maximum torque is available from 2000rpm and peak torque is developed
at 4900rpm. Driving through a six-speed manual transmission, the Z4 M Coupe hits 100km/h in just five seconds. Like the Z4 Coupe 3.0si, the M version has an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. In testing, it had lapped the northern circuit of the Nurburgring faster than the current M3.
From the front, a deep front air-dam with distinct X-shaped lines differentiated the M-car from the standard Z4 Coupe 3.0si. The air aperture is located in the front bumper and is highlighted by two large scoops, while two sharply defined lines draw the eye from the grill and front bumper along the bonnet to the windscreen. The suspension of the Z4 M Coupe shares its format and much of its specification with the Z4 M Roadster, though spring and damper settings have been revised to take account of the different weight distribution of the Coupe. Benefiting from extra stiffness provided by the design of the fixed roof. The result is an extremely strong body in terms of both torsional and flexural stiffness. Despite the addition of the roof, rear hatch and extra weight of the rear windows, the BMW Z4 M Coupe is just five kilos heavier than the Z4 M Roadster.
Both the Z4 M Coupe and Z4 M Roadster benefit from the motorsport-inspired technology of BMW’s current M3, in particular adopting its advanced M variable differential and brake system. The Z4 M Coupe rides on unique, lightweight Z4 M alloy wheels shod with 225/45 ZR18 tyres on the front and 255/40 ZR18 tyres on the rear, and features the impressive 18-inch compound brake system from the BMW M3 CSL.