This story was originally published on August 23rd and has since been updated with power figures and additional specs.
For years we've seen BMW testing the new Z4 using camouflaged test mules. Then, at Monterey car week in 2017, the company revealed a Z4 concept. Now, one year later, we finally get our first look at the production Z4.
The new production 2019 BMW Z4 shares much of the same design language as its concept sibling. A pointy sharknose-like face compliments the wide kidney grilles, flanked by headlights with vertically stacked halo daytime running light accents. The long-nose proportions echo previous Z3/Z4 models. The dashboard and instrument panel face the driver's seat. Unlike the previous-generation car, this new Z4 features a power-operated cloth convertible top rather than a metal hard top.
In addition to the new looks, the 2019 BMW Z4 gets an updated 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine making 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and can get to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. The sDrive30i model uses BMW's 2.0 liter inline-four, making 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. That model can get to 60 in 5.2 seconds. Sending that power to the rear wheels in both model is an eight-speed automatic transmission, and only an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters and launch control. There is no manual. Weight distribution is 50:50—the mark of any truly fun sports car.
The Z4 shown during the 2018 Monterey Car Week was an M40i "First Edition." In addition to the Frozen Orange Metallic paint and Shadow Line trim, this model gets the aforementioned straight-six engine, along with M-tuned electronically controlled suspension, M sport brakes, and an M sport differential. The wheels are 19-inch alloys. BMW estimates it can get from 0-60 mph in less than 4.4 seconds.
BMW has also released photos of an M Sport model in frozen grey, just in case that red isn't your speed and you don't need a First Edition car.
First Edition cars will arrive in dealerships in the second quarter of 2019, while the base-model four-cylinder Z4 30i will arrive in spring. Pricing is yet to be announced for any model.