BMW has updated the G29 Z4 for 2023 with subtle styling revisions and general refinements. Prices in Germany start at €53,860 for the Z4 sDrive20i, €65,210 for the Z4 sDrive 30i and €72,790 for the Z4 M40i.
So, what’s new in the styling division? Well, that’s indeed a very good question, for which, I’m gonna have a hard time finding an answer. However, BMW says that the kidney grille has a new design (new pattern, really), while the rest of the car looks pretty much identical to the one we saw over 4 years ago. Model-exclusive 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design and Jet Black matt finish are optionally available for those who don’t fancy the standard 18-inch double-spoke ones.
Of course, new body colors have been added to the palette: Thundernight metallic, Portimao Blue metallic and Skyscraper Grey metallic. The Z4 M40i is distinguished with exterior mirror caps in Cerium Grey and trapezoidal tailpipe inserts. M lights Shadow Line can be ordered in combination with the optional Adaptive LED Headlights. The dark inserts around the headlights, according to BMW, form a neatly judged composition with the M high-gloss Shadowline elements.
Inside, the standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional gets you a pair of 10.25-inch displays; no changes here. Its functionality also includes the BMW Maps navigation system, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, smartphone integration, a Wi-Fi hotspot and an alarm system. A head-up display remains to be an optional extra. Standard ADAS include Front Collision Warning with brake intervention, Lane Departure Warning, and Speed Limit Info with no-overtaking indicator. Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Change Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Crossing Traffic Warning, Parking Assistant, and Reversing Assist Camera, are all optional extras.
The Z4 sDrive20i packs a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 145 kW (197 metric hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. This engine can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The 30i packs the same engine but offers 190 kW (258 metric hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft); no manual gearbox option here.
As for the Z4 M40i, well, it packs a 3.0L straight-six turbo petrol with 250 kW (340 metric hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. An 8-speed ZF automatic transmission drives the rear wheels. The official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 4.5 seconds and the top speed remains limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The Z4 sDrive30i gets M Sport suspension as standard, which comes with optimized driving dynamics with its firm damper and spring tuning. The Z4 M40i gets adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers. The range-topping model is also fitted with an M Sport differential at the rear axle, which is an option on the Z4 sDrive30i.