BMW India just announced the launch of their distinct speed-wagon, the Z4 Roadster today. The Z4 Roadster, as a part of CBU (completely built unit) package, shares its engine platform with the famous Toyota Supra.
BMW launched the Z4 Roadster in two variants in India; the sDrive20i variant which is priced at Rs 64.90 lakh (ex-showroom India) and the M40i variant which is priced at Rs 78.90 lakh (ex-showroom India). The German automaker confirmed that the bookings are open across the country for the car. From a design perspective, upfront the Z4 Roadster boasts of the signature wide kidney grilles which is quite literally the show stopper and the headlamps get a smoked finish and LED treatment. The bumper gets huge air intakes with fog lamps integrated in them. The chassis is balanced on two sets of wheels; 18-inch and 19-inch alloys. The rear gets wrap around LED tail lights that look sporty with the glossy black finish and dual exhaust tips. Like any roadster on the road, the Z4 too certainly stands out due to its aggressive and bold looks and will surely turn heads around wherever you go. BMW maintains that the Z4 Roadster can be further customised visually by opting the Sport Line or M Sport Package on the sDrive20i.
Reflecting on the Z4 Roadster’s racing dynamics and driving pleasure, Dr Hans- Christian Baertels, BMW Group India President said that “BMW has a rich history of roadsters that have stood out as icons of pure driving pleasure. The all-new BMW Z4 Roadster is our brand-new addition to BMW's long history of engrossing roadsters. With dynamic proportions, emotional design and thrilling sportiness, this open-top two-seater takes the classic roadster into the world of tomorrow. When the roof opens, there are no limits to driving pleasure in the all-new BMW Z4 Roadster.”
The Z4 Roadster is available in two powertrains as of now; The Z4 sDrive20i and the Z4 M40i. Engine duties in the sDrive 20i is taken care by a 2.0- litre four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 194 bhp and 320Nm of peak torque. This translates into the car sprinting from standstill to 100km/hr in mere 6.6 seconds.
However, it’s the M40i variant which will be the talk of the town. The Z4 M40i which is the more powerful engine is a 3.0- litre petrol motor which makes 335 bhp and 500Nm of peak torque. 100 km/hr speed is attained in a whopping 4.5 seconds as claimed by BMW. Both engines come mated to the signature 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. True to BMW dynamics, the weight distribution too on the Z4 is 50:50 for optimum drive with power sent only to the rear wheels.
On the inside, the Z4 Roadster keeps the BMW gene going of sporty and up-market design. One thing that stands out is the huge 10.3- inch multimedia display which takes prominence in the centre. Traditional instrument cluster too is replaced by the new-age 12.3- inch digital display. Other features which are standard are a two-zone climate control system, electrically adjustable front seats, ambient lighting and more. The M40i exclusively features a 364- watt Harman Kardon system and a Heads Up Display too.
The Z4 is loaded up to the brim with safety equipment in its class. Features such as pedestrian detection, emergency braking, rear collision warning, lane departure warning and cross traffic alert makes for a compelling safe for car safety. Auto parking feature with AI and adaptive cruise control too are standard in both the variants.
With such killer pricing, we are sure that the auto-enthusiasts, with money, are soon going to lineup outside the BMW showrooms in India soon.