2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i: 255 Horsepower Four-Cylinder Model Will Go On Sale in March 2019 [News]

2019 BMW Z4
2019 BMW Z4 (European M40i model pictured). [Photo: BMW]

BMW’s entry-level Z4 sDrive30i will hit dealer lots in March 2019.

Following BMW’s reveal of the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i roadster, the four-cylinder variant reveals itself to the world. Despite pulling the wraps off the less powerful version later, BMW will actually send that model to dealers first. The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i will arrive in March 2019, while the more powerful M40i will come later.

2019 BMW Z4
The 2019 BMW Z4 M40i will house a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine, while the sDrive30i will get a turbocharged four-cylinder unit. [Photo: BMW]
Under the hood of the entry-level Z4 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, rather than a straight-six. The four-cylinder produces 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Over the last-generation Z4, the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i gets a 15 horsepower and 35 lb-ft torque bump. Thanks to a new injection system making more power, this new Z4 will hit 60 in 5.2 seconds. The Z4 M40i, with 392 horsepower, hits 60 in 4.4 seconds.

Two engines, same transmission

Both models of the 2019 BMW Z4 come mated to the same eight-speed Steptronic transmissions with shift paddles. Sadly, there’s no manual option here. The new Z4 also has a new double-joint spring strut suspension in the front and a new five-link setup at the rear. BMW’s Adaptive M Sport suspension, including brake and differential upgrades, is an option on the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i. Going for the suspension package drops the Z4 by 10 millimeters.

2019 BMW Z4

In addition to the performance options, the 2019 BMW Z4 gets optional Active Cruise Control, Lane Change and Lane Departure Warning, and a head-up display. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is also available on the options list.

Pricing isn’t available right now, but we should know more about how much the 2019 BMW Z4 will cost closer to launch. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more BMW news, views and real-world reviews.