Autoweek | Jay Ramey | 08/23/2018

BMW took the wraps off the all-new production version of the Z4 today, ahead of its display during Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend. The Z4 M40i roadster follows up on last year’s debut of the BMW Concept Z4, which previewed the third-generation model developed alongside the forthcoming Toyota Supra.

Unveiled in the metal, the Z4 M40i First Edition here wears Frozen Orange Metallic paint over a Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching, BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, and 19-inch wheels in the two-tone double spoke design.

The Z4 M40i is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six, U.S.-specific performance figures for which will be available next month, but expected to stay close to 380 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. These figures are expected to keep the Z4’s 0-to-60 mph sprint time under 5.0 seconds. The Z4 features an M tuned sport suspension with electronically controlled dampers, an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential and M Sport brake system.


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The First Edition Z4 also features a head-up display — offered for the first time in a BMW roadster — along with LED headlights and a digital display cluster BMW calls Live Cockpit Professional featuring two high-resolution display screens.

The general appearance of the Z4 was leaked out a few days ago, but the new photos above give much a more detailed look at the new roadster ahead of the start of sales next spring.

The third-gen Z4 follows the departure of its predecessor two years ago, a car that debuted back in 2009.