2022 BMW Z4 gains new design features, slimmed line-up

8 months, 1 week ago - 03. October 2022, autocar
2023 BMW Z4
2023 BMW Z4
Just the 20i and M40i variants of the updated roadster will be sold in UK, with prices starting at £42,305

The BMW Z4 roadster has been given a mid-life update, with minor design amendments and changes to its model line-up taking effect from November.

The third generation Z4 line-up, originally launched in 2019, will be slimmed down to just two variants in the UK, with the mid-ranking sDrive 30i variant axed. 

The range will open with the sDrive 20i M Sport from £42,305 - a slight drop over the current £42,495 price tag.

This entry-level model is driven by a four-cylinder engine producing 194bhp and 236lb ft of torque, completing the 0-62mph sprint in 6.9sec. 

The range is topped by the sDrive M40i, priced from £53,720 and fitted with a 3.0-litre straight six that makes 335bhp and 369lb ft. It’s capable of hitting 0-62mph in 4.5sec.

Power on both variants is managed by BMW’s Steptronic eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

BMW has updated the Z4’s exterior design, adding remodeled side air intakes to reduce wind arch turbulence. The Porsche 718 Cayman rival also gains a new front grille with a horizontal inner design, which the German firm says “reinforces the impression of the wide front end”. 

The range-topping M40i, meanwhile, is now differentiated through grey mirror caps and a trapezoidal exhaust-pipe trim. 

The Z4 will also receive updated standard equipment. A set of bi-colour 18in alloy wheels are now included as standard, while bespoke 19in alloys are an optional extra.  

There’s also a new selection of exterior paint finishes for the Z4, including Thundernight metallic, Portimão Blue metallic and Skyscraper Grey metallic. 

The updated Z4 will once again feature a host of driver-assistance systems, including front collision warning, lane departure warning and speed limit information. 

A 10.25in Live Cockpit system is the centerpiece of the cabin, with sat-nav, a wi-fi hotspot and smartphone integration. 

BMW expects the entry-level sDrive 20i to be the biggest seller in the UK. A spokesperson for BMW told Autocar the 30i had been discontinued because the majority of customers were either choosing the entry-level car or the performance M40i by some considerable margin.

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