BMW has announced a new range-topping version of its Z4 sports car – the Z4 sDrive35is.
The name is a bit of a mouthful, but the sDrive35is is essentially a 335bhp version of the Z4 sDrive35i – note the lack of an extra ‘s’ at the end – which has 301bhp.
More power, same emissions
Both use the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 (the ‘35i’ part of the name), and both are rear-wheel drive (which ‘sDrive’ indicates). And both return an official 31.4mpg combined and emit 210g/km CO2, despite the new car’s extra performance.
This translates into 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than before – although top speed is the same electronically limited 155mph. Providing even greater on the move urge, the Z4 sDrive35is also produces up to 369lb ft of torque (pulling power, which is also good for responsive acceleration), compared to 295 lb ft for the regular Z4 sDrive35i.
Fortunately, once you get away from all the numbers, the new car is quite easily visually identified by its new M Sport front bumper with matt aluminium inserts, and dual section rear diffuser with Anthracite inserts. Combined with the standard fit 18-inch alloy wheels, it’s the most aggressive Z4 yet.
It’s also 10mm closer to the road thanks to the standard M Sport suspension, which includes variable damper control. BMW’s seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission – similar in principle to Volkswagen’s DSG – is fitted by default, complete with sportier gearshift calibration and a launch control mode, ensuring even Joe Public can accelerate as fast as the official benchmark.
Other extras include a specially tuned Sports exhaust for ‘a lusty performance car sound’, and an interior packed with M goodies including multifunction steering wheel and door sill finishers. Sports seats, Alcantara headlining and Aluminium carbon trimmings complete the cabin.
The new BMW Z4 sDrive35is goes on sale in March 2010, priced from £43,885 (including VAT at the higher 17.5% rate).
New M Sport trim for other Z4s
At the same time, BMW will introduce an M Sport trim level for other Z4s, which includes a different aerodynamic bodykit package, 18-inch wheels and Sports interior. Pricing for these models has not yet been announced.
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