The BMW Z4 is here, we’ve driven it and we also know how much it costs and what’s in it. Toyota might still be keeping us waiting, but BMW has thrown the kitchen sink at us, with three models and a whopping great list of gear. To go with the price.
Z4 Model Comparison
BMW Australia has kicked us off with three models – the Z4 20i, Z4 30i and Z4 M40i. Based on the 5 Series’ CLAR platform (and shared with Toyota on the Supra), the Z4 is built in Graz, Austria and is available now.
|May 2019||Price (inc GST and LCT)||Engine||Power||Torque|
|Z4 20i||$84,900||2.0-litre four cylinder turbo||145kW (197PS)||320Nm|
|Z4 30i||$104,900||2.0-litre four cylinder turbo||190kW (258PS)||400Nm|
|Z4 M40i||$124,900||3.0litre straight-six turbo||250kW (340PS)||500Nm|
Starting at $84,900 for the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 20i, there is a fairly solid standard equipment list to get you started, which includes the M Sport package as standard. Australians always get it, so BMW thought it may as well just throw it in.
BMW Z4 20i 2019
B48 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo four cylinder with 145kW and 320Nm
18-inch alloy wheels
8-speed auto with paddle shift
Heated seats with electric adjustment
Fake “Sensatec” leather on the dash
Dual-zone climate control
Auto high beam
Auto parking with “reverse replay”
Head up display
10 speaker stereo with DAB
Connected Package Professional (includes Apple CarPlay)
M leather steering wheel
10.25-inch BMW Live Cockpit digital dash
Wireless charging pad
Leather seats (Vernasca)
Chinese language display (NCO) – (中文显示，免费)
BMW Z4 30i 2019
B48 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo four cylinder with 190kW and 400Nm
Building on the Z4 20i spec, you get:
19-inch alloys with performance tyres
Comfort Access with Digital Key smartphone unlocking/locking and start (see below)
M Sport brakes
Active cruise control with stop and go
Adaptive M Suspension
Adaptive LED headlights
The Comfort Access system works with either an NFC-enabled credit card-sized card. Unlike Jag’s Activity Key, you don’t have to keep the key in the centre console to activate the feature. If you have a Samsung Android-powered phone, you can use the phone to lock, unlock and start the car, which is rather clever. You can’t do it with iPhone (yet) because Apple refuses to open up the NFC chip.
BMW Z4 M40i 2019
Again, the M40i builds on the models below. The highlight is, of course, the engine…
B58 3.0-litre twin-scroll straight six with 250kW and 500Nm.
Tyre pressure indicator
M seat belts
M Sport differential
Lumbar support for driver and passenger
12-speaker harmon kardon stereo
Z4 M Sport Plus Package
The Z4’s M Sport Plus package adds a swag of gear depending on the model you apply it to.
The list includes:
Tyre pressure indicator (20i, 30i)
M Seat belts (20i, 30i)
19-inch M Light alloy wheels (20i)
M Sport brakes (20i)
Adaptive M Suspension (20i)
M Sport differential (30i)
Metallic paint (M40i)
Comfort Package (20i only)
Available only on the 20i, this $1800 pack includes Comfort Access (keyless entry and start), lumbar support and Active Cruise.
harman kardon Surround system
Adaptive LED headlights (20i)
Metallic paint (30i)
BMW Z4 2019 Engine Specifications
All Z4s currently come with the eight-speed automatic from ZF so beloved of German brands. And for good reason – it’s excellent.
|Model||Engine||Power kW (PS)||Torque||0-100km/h|
|20i||B48 2.0-litre twin scroll turbo four-cylinder||145kW (197PS)||320Nm||6.6 secs|
|30i||B48 2.0-litre twin scroll turbo four-cylinder||190kW (260PS)||400Nm||5.4 secs|
|M40i||B58 3.0-litre twin scroll straight-six||250kW (340PS)||500Nm||4.5 secs|
Z4 Warranty and Servicing
BMW offers a three year/unlimited km warranty which it reckons customers are happy with. Where have I heard that before? (Mazda was saying that three years was fine just weeks before upping to five years).
Like all BMWs, the Z4 is subject to condition-based servicing, so there are no set service intervals as such. You can pre-purchase a few years of servicing in Basic or Plus.
Now. You can buy one now. Go go go. BMW says the waiting list is pretty short for the Z4 and can have you in one reasonably quickly as long as you don’t want some whacky combination of options.
Peter Anderson is the Editor and founder of the theredline.com.au. He’s been writing about cars for years and finds it difficult to talk about anything else.