BMW's Z4 roadster gets Australian pricing, specs ahead of April debut

By David Flynn , January 21 2019
BMW's Z4 roadster gets Australian pricing, specs ahead of April debut

BMW's new 2019  Z4 coupe will roar onto Australian roads in April in three models ranging from $84,900 through to $124,900.

The red-hot roadster – featuring bold bodylines shaped by Australian designer Calvin Luk (below) – is a long-awaited update to the 2009 Z4 family. In fact, it's been so long-awaited that speculation was the model would be dubbed the Z5.

Meet the Aussie designer behind BMW's all-new Z4 roadster

But BMW stuck to its branding guns, so come April 2019 its showrooms will be tempting the drop-top set with what the marque's Australian CEO Vikram Pawah calls  "a triumphant return to our enduring Z model heritage."

"It is a real statement piece for the brand, combining stand-out styling and impressive engine performance with handling dynamics to really please the driver."

The entry-level BMW Z4 sDrive20i will start from at $84,900, with its two litre turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant kicking out 145kW and 320Nm torque peak.

The mid-range BMW Z4 sDrive30i, from $104,900, tunes the same engine to a beefier 190kW and 400Nm torque, with the wheels upgraded from 18-inch to 19-inch alloys. Other performance-friendly boosters include M Sport brakes and 'Adaptive M Suspension', with creature comforts such as cruise control, adaptive LED headlights and a digital key for locking and unlocking the Z4 via your smartphone.

The 2019 Z4 trio tops out with the M40i at $124,900. A meatier three litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine pushes the power redline to 250kW and 500Nm with BMW's M Performance engine and suspension tuning, an electrically-controlled limited-slip differential and a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound system (although some might suggest that the best sound system of any BMW M-car is its engine and exhaust).

Read more: Here is BMW's all-new Z4 coupe


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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