BMW India has launched the 6th generation, 2019 Z4 convertible sportscar in India. Two variants of the car have been launched. The cheaper one is priced at Rs. 64.9 lakhs, ex-showroom India while the higher variant is priced at Rs. 78.9 lakhs. The latest BMW Z4 rivals the likes of the Porsche 718 Boxster and the Audi TT. Notably, the new car shares its platform with the Toyota Supra globally. For the Indian market, BMW will import the latest Z4 as a completely built unit (CBU), which also explains the steep price which it’s positioned at. The Z4 is cheaper than the Porsche Boxster (Rs. 90 lakhs) but pricier than the discontinued Audi TT (Rs. 65 lakhs).
The 2019 BMW Z4’s lower variant, called the sDrive 20i, is powered by a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that puts out 197 Bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque. The higher variant – called the M40i – gets 6 cylinder, inline turbocharged petrol engine with 340 Bhp of peak power and 500 Nm of peak torque. Both engines get 8 speed, torque converter automatic gearboxes sourced from ZF, as standard. The cars are rear wheel driven, and BMW claims a 50:50 weight distribution for exceptional handling and driving dynamics. Claimed performance figures for both cars are quite impressive.
The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i variant will accelerate to 100 Kmph from standstill in just 6.6 seconds, and will go on to hit a top speed of 240 Kmph. The more powerful M40i version of the Z4 will be blindingly quicker, with the 0-100 Kmph sprint coming up in just 4.5 seconds, and a top speed of 250 Kmph. As for fuel efficiency, the 20i variant is claimed to return 14.37 Kmpl, which is very respectable indeed. As for the M40i, its mileage is rated at 12.82 Kmpl, not that anyone buying these cars will be really concerned about fuel efficiency.
To justify its positioning as a BMW M car, the M40i variant will get sport suspension with variable sport steering, electronically controlled dampers that allows the driver to tweak handling characteristics of the car on the go, M Sport brakes and a M Sport differential. Both cars get multiple driving modes. The M40i also gets a different exterior styling package when compared to the 20i version. Also, this styling package integrates the M Aerodynamics features into the car’s styling. On the inside, both cars are luxuriously finished and the M40i variant amplifies the feeling of luxury. A Harman Kardon stereo with 364W output, a new instrument cluster and heads up display. As for safety, auto parking, adaptive cruise control, radar based safety technology like emergency braking,pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, cross traffic alerts and rear collision warning system are the various safety aids on offer apart from the regulation bits such as airbags and ABS.