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All-new 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster Coming in March 2019

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The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster will arrive in Canadian BMW showrooms starting in March 2019. The 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster, which was revealed in Pebble Beach last month during Monterey car week, will follow later in 2019. The all-new BMW Z4 Roadster features two new TwinPower Turbocharged engines and brand new front and rear suspensions developed specifically for the Roadster.

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The 2019 Z4 Roadster arrives first with a new, more powerful 2.0 liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged engine with an additional 15 hp and 35 lb-ft of torque over its predecessor. The TwinScroll turbocharged engine under the hood of the new BMW Z4 sDrive30i delivers 255 hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, with peak torque of 295 lb-ft. available from 1,550 up to 4,400 rpm. The result is a 0 to 100 km/h time of 5.3 seconds.

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Coming later in 2019 will be the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine which has 47 more horsepower than its predecessor. The new 6-cylinder engine’s features include a water-cooled exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, quicker TwinScroll turbocharger response and direct injection which now works at increased maximum pressure of 350 bar / 5,076 psi. The 382 hp is available between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm. 369 lb-ft. of peak torque is available from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. The BMW Z4 M40i Roadster will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.

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Both models of the new BMW Z4 Roadster, sDrive30i and M40i, come equipped with a standard 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters. In addition to a wider ratio spread, the latest version of the automatic transmission offers even sportier gear shifts. The shorter ratios for the transmission’s lower gears improve acceleration and the unit’s improved internals allow it to operate more efficiently. The transmission features Launch Control for maximum acceleration with maximum traction. The 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission fitted in the BMW Z4 M40i has been configured with M-specific shift characteristics to complement the straight-6 engine’s power delivery.

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The new Z4 is 85 mm longer, 75 mm wider and 13 mm taller than the prevous generation Z4. The wheelbase has been shortened by 26 mm which, combined with the notably wider tracks (+1609 mm in front and +1616 mm in rear) and a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, all contribute to the much enhanced vehicle agility.

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The car’s sporty handling characteristics are aided by powerful lightweight braking and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) systems, whose features include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC). The standard Performance Control function gives the new BMW Z4 Roadster even nimbler handling by varying the distribution of drive torque to the rear wheels according to the driving conditions.

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The Adaptive M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes and M Sport differential, standard on the all-new BMW Z4 M40i Roadster and optional on the Z4 sDrive30i. With the addition of these chassis systems, the differences in the car’s responses between the COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes, selected with the Driving Experience Control switch, are very noticeable. Featuring a 10 mm lower ride height, the Adaptive M Sport suspension includes electronically controlled dampers, which offer both comfortable and more aggressive ride and handling dynamics. The electronically controlled M Sport rear differential gives the handling of the new BMW Z4 an even sharper edge. An electric motor generates a locking effect in the differential that equalizes torque distribution between the inside and outside rear wheels when cornering, making it possible to power out of bends with greater momentum. The active differential lock also works effectively in reducing both understeer and oversteer.

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The standard 18-inch light-alloy wheels and optional 19-inch wheels are all fitted with mixed-size tires. The wider rear tires’ increased potential for directional control was factored into the chassis tuning for all versions of the all-new Z4 Roadster.

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There is a choice of 8 exterior colors, including Frozen Grey for M Sport models. The interior choices include both SensaTec and Vernasca leather with a special Vernasca/Alcantara upholstery available for M Sport models. The soft-top roof comes in Black as standard and Anthracite with silver effect as an option. It is electrically operated and can be opened or closed in the space of ten seconds, at speeds up to 50 km/h.

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The BMW Live Cockpit Professional combines a new display and control concept and the ultimate in connectivity. The latest-generation of the iDrive is comprised of a high-resolution digital 31.2 cm (12.3”) instrument cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 26 cm (10.25”) center display diagonally across. The system offers many hardware upgrades including new haptic controls on the iDrive controller, an advanced tablet-like touch interface, and stunning visualizations. This latest system blends the strengths of previous iDrive concepts with the ways in which people utilize their own electronic devices. The multi-modal approach of the iDrive touch controller, large touchscreen center display, and cloud based voice control, allow users to interact in the way of their choosing.

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The Z4 is Remote Software Upgrade capable. This feature keeps the vehicle up to date with the latest software. All updates can be loaded over the air, similar to smartphones. The upgrades can be loaded onto a smartphone via the BMW Connected app when connected to a Wi-Fi network or imported directly via the BMW’s built-in SIM card.

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