The BMW 435i ZHP: More Power, Improved Suspension, and Limited Production

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BMW’s famous E46 330i ZHP and E92 335is took the best of base 3-series cars and added a small dose of intoxicating performance. These cars provided M-like performance without the flash and theater of the E46 and E92 M3s, respectively–now, BMW has announced the 435i ZHP, which will bridge the gap between the standard F82 435i and the enthusiast M4.

Just like the 330i ZHP and 335is, the 435i ZHP’s performance upgrades over the standard car will be subtle. Still in use will be the twin-scroll turbo straight-six, though power will increase to 335 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. Customers who forgo the ZF 8-speed automatic in favor of the 6-speed manual will be rewarded with up to 332 lb.-ft. of torque, a nod to the many of the vocal BMW enthusiasts who have bemoaned the disappearance of the manual gearbox from the company’s lineup.

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0-60 times will decrease by 0.2 seconds over the base car, but most significant is that the 50-75 mph time will decrease by 0.5 seconds. These improvements come from remapped engine software and a lighter, ZHP-exclusive sport exhaust system that is sure to deliver a beautiful burble.

Dynamically, the 435i ZHP receives the M sport limited-slip differential, the striking M performance package, and a brand-new Track Handling Package, which will improve braking performance and suspension customization. In addition, the ZHP receives a reworked camshaft and a higher redline than the standard car.

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Many visual improvements will appear on 435i ZHPs as well. The M Performance Aerodynamics Package will feature a beautiful, carbon fiber-laced front splitter, a carbon rear spoiler, and an aggressive diffuser, while a blacked-out twin-kidney grille sets it apart from other 4-series models.

The ZHP will also feature the M Sport Package, which includes the beloved M-sport steering wheel, interior black gloss trim, and M-performance rocker panels. ZHPs will be available in either Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic paint schemes.

No pricing information has been announced to date, though it has been confirmed that ZHPs will be available in select locations starting in July. With only 100 examples planned for production, the 435i ZHP will deliver in performance and exclusivity–it’s sure to be a success when it hits showrooms this summer.

Please enjoy this TFLcar.com video review of the 2014 BMW 435i.

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Frank caught automotive fever early in life. Hailing from a long line of car fanatics, Frank was able to recite the year and model of every car that passed him by age five. His passion and love for the automobile have only grown since then. When not thinking about cars, he is reading, writing, learning, or dreaming about them. His area of expertise comes in the realm of German and Italian cars, of which Porsche is a favorite. Frank currently resides in the heart of NASCAR country in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family. He thoroughly enjoys driving exotic cars in the beautiful Carolina weather.