2014 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit Edition launched in Japan to celebrate Super GT victory

Article by Christian A., on July 7, 2014

In order to celebrate the 1-2 victory in the opening round of Super GT, BMW announced that it is introducing in Japan the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit. Limited to just 60 units, the sDrive 20i GT Spirit Edition is based on the Z4 sDrive 20i featuring the M Sport Pack and comes with several design elements that make it special.

Besides the Alpine White colour, the 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit features the well-known M stripes on the front end, a black kidney grille, 19-inch M light alloy wheels and a new rear air diffuser featuring a black paint finish.

Inside, the seats are wrapped in leather and Alcantara and highlighted by the new orange stripes. In addition, there is a new set of aluminum pedals, a Metal Weave interior trim and door sills wearing the M logo.

Under the hood, there is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine that generates 184 hp (135 kW) and 270 Nm of torque available between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm. The engine is bolted to an eight-speed transmission that delivers the power to the rear wheels.

The suggested retails price is 6,090,000 yens or almost $60,000. As we said, this limited edition is only available in Japan and in right-hand drive specification.

BMW’s modern Roadsters were able to achieve tremendous success thanks to the painstaking dedication of this concept, which is easily recognizable in the new BMW Z4. The characteristic overall looks of the new BMW Z4 is undeniably made possible by its sweeping hood, long wheelbase and low beltline as well as by its low-slung rear end. In addition, the new BMW Z4 features a low seating position ahead of the rear axle, thereby allowing both the driver and the passenger to experience the intense longitudinal and lateral forces working on the rear wheels of roadster. This low seating position makes the driver feel like he or she is part of the car, thereby allowing him or her to be more in touch with the road.

The hardtop roof of the new BMW Z4 blends smoothly into the form of the roadster. When closed, the hardtop roof thoroughly seals the roadster’s flowing roofline, with large window surfaces helping maximize all-round visibility as well as optimize the feeling of interior roominess. When opened, the two roof elements are compactly contained – one sitting on top of the other –inside the Z4’s trunk. When the roof is open, the black A-pillars help emphasize the low-slung silhouette of the new BMW Z4.

BMW could avail of the optional BMW Individual hardtop in the two contrast colors: Jet Black and Titanium Silver metallic. The driver could open the hardtop -- just by pressing a single button -- while the BMW Z4 is traveling at speeds of up to 25 mph (40 km/h) in 19 seconds.

Meanwhile, the new BMW Z4 reinterprets the luxury brand's signature face with the broad BMW kidney grille flanked by four characteristic round headlights, which come standard with slimly designed Xenon headlights extending into the front wheel arches. The headlights come with LED light rings responsible for providing the brand’s signature daytime running lights. These LED light rings feature a three-dimensional design that helps emphasize the technology of the headlights.

Located on top of the headlamps are LED accent lights featuring metal insert with BMW lettering. Meanwhile, the integrated turn signal indicators feature chrome-like surrounds while the tapered surround for the side indicators lend a dynamic sweep to the gills located on the Z4’s front side section.

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