The German sports car is not all-German this time around…
BMW used the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to unveil the latest iteration of its iconic Z car, in particular the M40i First Edition.
The six-generation Z4 rides on a platform that was jointly developed with Toyota, one that also serves as the basis for the new Toyota Supra.
Designers retained the overall proportions of the previous Z4, infusing it with a healthy dose of BMW’s latest styling elements. Highlights include a broad kidney grille, vertically stacked headlights, and a long clamshell hood.
The interior is both luxurious and high-tech, boasting the German automaker’s Live Cockpit Professional with two high-res displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, a head-up display, and A Harman Kardon Surround Sound system. Driver and passenger sit in sporty, highly-bolstered seats.
Power for the M40i comes from a 3.0-liter inline-six engine that gets the roadster to 60 mph from a standstill in less than 4.4 seconds.
A 50:50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity, as well as M-tuned upgrades for the suspension, brakes, electronic rear differential and active dampers are key to its sports car-like handling.
The Z4 lineup will include a Z4 30i and Z4 M40i, but not a Z4 M. Unfortunately, BMW has ruled out a full-blown M performance version of the sports car, at least for the time being.