Bmw z4


BMW Z4 is a Convertible available in a price range of ₹ 66.54 - 81.26 Lakh. It is available in 2 variants, 1 engine option. Other key specifications of the Z4 include a Ground Clearance of 117 mm, Kerb Weight of 1495 kg and Bootspace of 281 litres. The Z4 is available in 8 colours. The mileage of Z4 ranges from 11.29 kmpl to 14.37 kmpl.

CarWale's Take

  • Good Things

    • Attention-grabbing design
    • Powerful motor in M40i guise.
    • Wind-in-the-hair driving feel.
  • Could be Better

    • Firm suspension, even in comfort mode.
    • Confusing driver information system.
    • Handling isn’t as sharp as the Boxster.

Z4 Verdict

The BMW Z4 is a fun-to-drive car that offers a unique driving experience. It is a good handler around winding roads, is well-equipped and the 3-litre flat-six engine in the M40i guise offers explosive performance. Even the smaller engine in the sDrive20i provides decent grunt and invokes a similar open-top feeling at a lot lesser price point.

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Z4 Review


What is it?

Why I would buy it?

Scintillating performance, ticket to stardom

Why I would avoid it?

Unsorted handling

BMW Z4 Front view

What is it?

Every now and then, something special rolls into our CarWale garage. In this instance, it’s none other than BMW’s all-new Z4 that was launched back in April 2019. For the entire time that this ‘San Francisco Red’ M40i spent with us, everybody felt like a hotshot. Now, let’s talk about the looks.

BMW Z4 Right Side

If you’re a fan of long bonnets and crisp backsides, the Z4 will make you gasp each time you set your eyes on her. She looks like an angry cat ready to pounce with those fiercely detailed headlamps and that wide low-slung kidney grille. You tend to simply ogle at the seductive body that flows around those immaculate 19-inch alloys, and on to that tight rear.

BMW Z4 Rear view

The spoiler seems as though designers naughtily pinched that boot-y! Now all it needs is a nice spank; which you will read about in our performance section. And, lest we forget, the sharp tail lamps truly compliment the aggressively creased body panels with M-badging, and those lavish exhaust tips. Boy, I need some coffee. 

How is it on the inside?

BMW Z4 Interior

Getting into today’s cars aren’t intimidating. So that nostalgia to bend and stuff oneself into the Z4, and shut those long charming rimless doors is inevitable. Once in, you appreciate the sporty contours of the dash that’s draped in soft touch materials and highlighted by brushed silver inserts and piano-black trim.

BMW Z4 Interior

You know this is the real deal when you spot the large paddle-shifters lurking behind the purposefully crafted steering-wheel. All the vitals are portrayed through the ‘BMW Live Cockpit’ instrumentation that flows on to the 10.25-inch touchscreen with iDrive and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility. Our Z4 had a Harman Kardon system, but seriously, with the best soundtrack exiting the tail-pipes, who wants to listen to a playlist? 

BMW Z4 Front-Seats

And if you thought the cabin was gloomy, just drop the roof for a ticket to stardom; don’t we all love a topless model! Before I digress now, let’s get to the seats. They’re firmly cushioned with immense support, especially for lateral movement, and will hold you snug when attacking those bends. That aside, this twin-seat layout has just about enough space for you to move the seats back-and-forth for adjustments. 

BMW Z4 Interior

In fact, there’s isn’t much storage space behind the seats other than the two seat-back pockets, and a cubby-net. Likewise, the narrow door-pads are a fit for only something that’s small and slim; like a wallet. Thankfully though, there are two cup holders in the centre arm-rest that can also double-up as some usable stowage space. Boot-wise, the 281-litres enclosure is actually usable as per sportscar standards, with no temporary intrusions while the roof is folded, like in other convertibles. 

BMW Z4 Interior

But it is not like the Z4 is perfect. To start with, rearward visibility is limited. Then, there’s the cheap noise when one shuts the doors, and there’s unnecessary effort of muscles needed to open the boot-lid. This could have been easily avoided by moderating the dampers. Moreover, being a drop-down convertible means noise insulation is far from appropriate as external noises creep in; a price to pay for a wind-in-the-hair motoring. 

BMW Z4 Exterior

How does it drive?

BMW Z4 Action

Finally! To indulge in a car like the Z4, you’d agree that it needs a spanking. I swiftly toggle the driving mode into ‘Sport Plus’, floor the brakes, and rev her up. The devil within instantly awakens, begging you to let go of the brakes by wagging its booty, and spinning the rear wheels feverishly. 

Provocatively, I release the brakes, only to hear that extravagant bass-enriched acoustics scream away in the background! As I’m shoved into the seat, the Z4 simply takes-off, piercing the troposphere. It’s not as deafening as an R8, you’d say. But the decibels are enough to keep my parched levels of adrenaline pumping like there’s no tomorrow.

BMW Z4 Action

In a spilt-second, time travel seems possible as streetlight poles begin to warp and 100kmph comes up in under 5 seconds. And, as if my brain-cessor wasn’t busy already, the concertmaster within the instrumentation comically pleads for you to witness its show as the monster 3-litre inline six-cylinder unleashes its might; 335bhp and 500Nm to be exact. 

BMW Z4 Engine Bay

My hunger for performance anywhere in the power-band is instantly satisfied by the manner in which this motor summons its horses. Again, the uninterrupted burst of pace is precisely aided by its eight-speed gearbox’s inherent slick-shifting abilities. Sublimely tuned it is, to read this straight-six motor’s power delivery. In Sport Plus it’s undoubtedly jerky, but the possessed me wants nothing less. 

Overtaking is more like insulting other motorists as the 20-80kmph and 40-100kmph runs (a test of driveability) take just 2.89 and 3.46 seconds respectively. As the Z4 snarls into deep 3-digit speeds, my legal instincts persuade me to back off the throttle, only to witness a cacophony of crackles and burbles. Infinite drama, this Z4 is! 

BMW Z4 Action

After all that fun, you guessed right; I began to run low on fuel! Thankfully, toggling to ‘EcoPro’ mode markedly dials down the engine response, making it frugal (around 11kmpl), to reach the pump without any undue embarrassments. Meanwhile, ‘Comfort’ mode is all you need since it extracts enough juice from the motor for most driving situations. As expected, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Plus’ modes keep the motor in the meat of the power-band, and hence jerky; but who cares!

BMW Z4 Action

Straight off, let me tell you that driving the Z4 wasn’t nerve wrecking on our roads since it cleared all speed breakers without scraping; slow and easy is the trick. As for the ride, there weren’t any back-bone jarring experiences unlike other sports-cars, even when slotted in Sport. But that’s unless you miss spotting a sharp bump, like we did, which had our Z4’s rear air-borne for a second. 

So, the ride is firm at slow speeds but never harsh, and as speeds rise, it gets flatter and feels supremely planted. Furthermore, those sticky 255-profile tyres up-front and 275-ones at the rear allow this projectile to dig its claws into the tarmac; while being an accomplice in shedding speed dramatically; 100-0 in just 2.67 seconds.

BMW Z4 Action

However, the handling was a different affair. Despite the petite 50:50 weight distribution, M Sport differential and a quick steering with just two turns from lock-to-lock, I was honestly left wanting more from this steering. Progression isn’t its best character, which is exactly what’s expected of in a car of this sorts. By not feeling entirely connected, uninterrupted fun around bends was a long shot as constant corrections and inputs dampened my experience.

Should I buy one?

BMW Z4 Exterior

Very few cars can make you feel special the way this BMW Z4 M40i does. The whole aura around its performance, looks and experience is nothing short of intoxicating. Sure, it has its fair share of downers. Like it could have had more feel from the steering, some extra cabin stowage, better rear visibility, muffled door-shuts, and be devoid of some ugly gaps where the soft roof folds. 

But sincerely, if you wanted that extra dose of zest in your life and had a crore lying around in un-demonetized cash, would you really care about all of these shortcomings? Well, I wouldn’t. 

Where does it fit in?

BMW Z4 Action

The BMW Z4 M40i costs Rs 1.01 crore (on-road Mumbai). In terms of competition, you can get a Porsche 718 for slightly more at Rs 1.08 crore and a Ford Mustang at Rs 93.7 lakh. There’s also the Audi A5 Cabriolet for Rs 87.2 lakh and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet for Rs 76.2 lakh. 

Pictures: Kapil Angane

Full Review



Confident handling and a powerful turbocharged engine are expected from a BMW sports car, and the 2022 Z4 convertible delivers just that. But part of its appeal also lies in its upscale cabin, which is comfortable enough to serve as a daily driver. The base engine offered is a peppy turbocharged four-cylinder while a twin-turbo inline-six can be found in the racier M40i model. All Z4s are rear-wheel drive and use an eight-speed automatic transmission that is as well-tuned for sporty driving as it is for highway cruising. Handling isn't Porsche Boxster sharp, but it's close enough and still plenty fun on a twisty road. The Z4 is only offered as a softtop convertible, but if you'd prefer a hardtop coupe, take a look at the mechanically similar Toyota Supra, which was developed alongside the BMW.

What's New for 2022?

The Z4 is much the same as it was last year, but ambient lighting is no longer standard and wireless smartphone charging is no longer an option. The Driving Assistance package has been removed from the Convenience and Premium packages and is now a standalone option package.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

At its base price, the 2022 Z4 Drive30i is an undeniable value. It costs considerably less than its main rival, the Porsche Boxster, and it offers more than enough performance for most buyers. You can also dress it up with the M Sport Kit, which adds an M Sport suspension for better handling and dials up its appearance inside and out with an aerodynamic body kit and M Sport steering wheel. Larger 19-inch wheels and tires are also available, and BMW offers the Dynamic Handling package, which adds larger M Sport brakes and its M Sport differential for additional traction. Your new Z4 still won't accelerate like the much more powerful M40i, but it'll be more than quick enough to satisfy.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Every 2022 Z4 has an eight-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode as well as Manual mode. Paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel are also standard. That's right: For the first time, the BMW Z4 is not available with a traditional manual transmission with a clutch pedal. You won't miss it. The eight-speed is one of the best automatics around with sharp responses, snappy shifts, and smooth operation. The sDrive30i is powered by the brand's excellent turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes plenty of torque and 255 horsepower. In our testing, this model accelerated to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. That's quick, but it's a bit slower than a Porsche Boxster, which is still available with a manual gearbox. For more grunt, the M40i model gets a 382-hp twin-turbocharged inline-six. It's incredibly smooth and refined, and it turns the Z4 into a superfast sports car with a zero-to-60-mph time of just 3.8 seconds. That's quicker than the 350-hp Porsche Boxster S.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

With its exceptional performance, it may surprise you that the Z4 is one of the most fuel-efficient sports cars in its class. The fuel economy of the Z4 sDrive30i is rated by the EPA to be 25 mpg city and 32 mpg on the highway. With its much higher level of horsepower, the fuel economy of the Z4 M40i is just a single mpg lower, getting 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. In our testing, both models recorded 20 mpg in mixed driving. Unfortunately, both engines require more expensive premium gasoline, and the Z4 has a small gas tank, so its fuel range isn't extensive. Expect about 300 miles of highway driving between each fill-up. For more information about the Z4's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

As is the case with all current BMWs, the Z4 has a very high-quality interior. In fact, it may have the best interior in this class. It features luxe materials, exceptional panel fitment, and excellent control placement. Its seats are comfortable with sizable bolsters to hold you in place when you're enjoying the Z4's dynamics. There is also more room inside than you might expect, even for those taller than six feet. Thick and insulated, its cloth roof seals tightly. When the top is up, the BMW's interior is impressively quiet, with so little wind or road noise it almost feels like a Grand Touring coupe. With the push of a button, it folds away in a few seconds. A wind blocker is standard to keep wind buffeting to a minimum with the top down, even at high speeds. Interior stowage is also quite generous. There are several storage bins around the Z4's cabin, including one in the center console and a felt-lined cubby to the left of the steering wheel. There's also a netted shelf behind the seats and two big cupholders up front. At 10 cubic feet, the trunk of the Z4 isn't huge, but it'll swallow luggage for two for a quick weekend road trip.

Infotainment and Connectivity

A massive 10.3-inch touchscreen is standard along with navigation and complimentary Apple CarPlay integration; Android Auto capability is not available. The latest iteration of BMW's iDrive system is easy to use, with sharp graphics. The system can also be controlled intuitively with a knob and buttons on the Z4's console or with voice commands. A USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio are also standard, although you have to pay extra for SiriusXM satellite radio.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Forward-collision warning and daytime pedestrian detection with city braking are standard, as is BMW's lane-departure warning system. Other driver-assistance tech is available as options on both Z4 models. That list of available systems includes active cruise control, active blind-spot detection, rear-collision protection, and rear cross-traffic alert. For more information about the Z4's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision detection with pedestrian detection
  • Available active cruise control
  • Available active blind-spot detection

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

BMW's warranty is average for the segment; however, its complimentary scheduled maintenance coverage is a standout. Such programs are not offered with its rivals, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-class and the Porsche 718 Boxster.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles



2020 BMW Z4 M40i

front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible 

$73,295 (base price: $64,695)

turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
183 cu in, 2998 cc
382 hp @ 6500 rpm
369 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

8-speed automatic 

Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.7-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Super Sport, F: 255/35ZR-19 (96Y) ★ R: 275/35ZR-19 (100Y) ★

Wheelbase: 97.2 in
Length: 170.7 in
Width: 73.4 in
Height: 51.4 in
Passenger volume: 52 cu ft
Trunk volume: 10 cu ft
Curb weight: 3535 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 3.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 9.1 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 15.9 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.3 sec @ 116 mph
Top speed (governor limited, C/D est): 165 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 148 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.02 g

Observed: 20 mpg

Combined/city/highway: 26/24/31 mpg


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Series of sports car models produced by BMW

Motor vehicle

The BMW Z models are a line of roadsters manufactured by German automaker BMW. The Z stands for zukunft (German for future),[1] and has been produced in four different series with six generations consisting of roadster, coupé, sports car, and concept variants.

The introduction of the M Coupé and M Roadster in the Z3 line marked the first of the Z series to have a high-performance BMW M variant. The first generation Z4 also continued to offer M Coupé and M Roadster variants. The current Z4 (G29) uses BMW's (B58B30) inline-six, its platform is the basis for the current Toyota Supra.[2]

BMW Z1 (E30 based; 1989–1991)[edit]

Main article: BMW Z1

The BMW Z1 is a two-seat roadster developed by BMW and was produced from March 1989 to June 1991. It was based on the E30 3 Series platform.[3] The Z1 featured unusual doors which, instead of opening outward or upward, dropped down into the door sills and had body panels which could easily be removed and replaced; the car could be driven with its body panels removed.[4] Only 8,000 examples of the Z1 were produced.[5]

BMW Z3 (E36/7/8; 1995–2002)[edit]

Main article: BMW Z3

The Z3 was the first modern mass-market roadster produced by BMW.[6] It was introduced for the 1996 model year shortly after being featured in the James Bond movie GoldenEye. More than 15,000 were sold by the time the car was introduced.[7] The Z3 underwent a facelift in 1999 with the introduction of a coupé bodystyle and featured revised styling, before the end of its production run in 2002.[8] The coupé had controversial styling and was nicknamed as "clown shoe".[9] It was manufactured and assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina.[10]

BMW Z8 (E52; 2000–2003)[edit]

Main article: BMW Z8

The Z8 was produced from 2000 to 2003 and was the production variant of the 1997 Z07 concept car, which was designed by Danish Henrik Fisker at BMW's DesignworksUSA.[11] The Z07 originally was designed as a styling exercise to celebrate the 507 roadster of the 1950s, but the overwhelming popularity of the concept spurred BMW's decision to produce a limited production model called the Z8. 5,703 cars were built, approximately half of which were exported to the United States.[12]

BMW Z4 (E85/E86; 2002–2008)[edit]

Main article: BMW Z4 (E85)

The first-generation BMW Z4 was known as the E85 in roadster form and E86 in coupé form.[13] It was designed by Danish BMW-designer Anders Warming.[14]

The Z4's design addressed many criticisms of the preceding Z3; it was larger and featured a significantly stiffer chassis.[15] The Z4 was initially only available as a roadster, but a coupé version was officially launched in 2006.[16] The last model rolled off the assembly line on 27 August 2008 at the Spartanburg plant.[17]

BMW Z4 (E89; 2009–2016)[edit]

Main article: BMW Z4 (E89)

The second-generation Z4 was announced on 13 December 2008[18] and debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit the following month.[19] It is the first Z Series model to use a retractable hardtop and meant that there were no longer separate roadster and coupé versions of the car.[20] The top is made of a two-piece lightweight aluminium shell and takes 20 seconds to operate.[21] Manufacturing was moved from Spartanburg, United States to Regensburg, Germany.[22]

BMW Z4 (G29; 2018–present)[edit]

Main article: BMW Z4 (G29)

The G29 Z4 is the third and current generation Z4 and was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 23 August, 2018.[23] It reuses the soft-top convertible roof found on the E85 Z4 instead of a retractable hardtop which now takes 10 seconds for operation. The G29 Z4 shares its platform with the J29 Toyota Supra and are manufactured in the same plant in Austria.[24]

Production and sales[edit]

The following are the production and sales figures for Z models, excluding the Z1:[25][26][27][28][29]

Year Production EU sales US sales
1996 - 15,040
1997 57,100[30]30,954 19,760
1998 53,000[30]27,776 20,613
1999 51,000[30]24,268 20,062
2000 42,800[30]18,681 16,699
2001 39,579[30]17,358 15,884
2002 26,428[30]10,749 10,490
2003 52,016[30]24,224 20,324
2004 38,483[30]18,593 13,654
2005 28,808[30]14,137 10,045
2006 30,981[30]15,844 12,284
2007 28,383[30]15,281 10,097
2008 18,006[30]6,116 5,879
2009 22,761[30]13,497 3,523
2010 24,575 13,153 3,804
2011 18,809 9,417 3,479
2012 15,249 7,508 2,751
2013 12,866[31]5,970 2,480
2014 10,802 5,373 2,151
2015 7,950 4,093 1,829
2016 5,432 3,006 1,187
2017 - 244 502
2018 - 125 4
2019 - 9,681[32]2,941[33]

Z9 Concept (1999)[edit]

Main article: BMW Z9

The BMW Z9 (or Z9 Gran Turismo) is a concept coupé introduced at the 1999 Frankfurt Auto Show,[34] with a convertible variant later unveiled at the 2000 Paris Auto Show.[35] The vehicle features unique gull-wing doors that also opened like a conventional hinged door and innovations such as an early concept of BMW's iDrive system, called the Intuitive Interaction Concept, were incorporated into other production vehicles.[36] Much of the styling found on the E63 6 Series is also derived from the Z9.[37]



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