Finally! The waiting is over because today the 2009 Bmw Z4 Roadster was officially unveiled! The new vehicle which will make its debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show on January 11, has returned more powerful and more stylish than ever before.
The new Z4 offers a unique combination of elegance and supreme comfort but also a new two-piece lightweight hardtop which is a premiere at the German manufacturer, this vehicle being the first which uses this system.
As you can see the new coupe-cabriolet follows the same line of the classic design of course, with new and modern flowing lines. The front comes with the new grille seen at the new 2009 Bmw 7-Series, with new air intake and the dual round headlights.
The new roadster comes with two engines: the 3.0-liter twin turbo (Z4 sDrive35i) capable to develop 300 hp at 5,800 rpm sprinting from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.1 seconds (optional seven-speed double clutch sport automatic transmission in 5.0 seconds) while the top speed is limited to 130 mph or 210 km/h (150 mph or 241 km/h when equipped with the optional Sport Package).
The 3.0-liter turbo (Z4 sDrive30i) capable to develop 255 hp at 6,600 rpm providing a sprint from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.6 seconds (with optional sport automatic in 6.0 seconds) while the top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph or 210 km/h (150 mph or 241 km/h when equipped with the optional Sport Package).
Compared to the previous version, the BMW Z4 is clearly larger as its length is 148 mm longer at 4,239 mm, while it is wider by 9 mm with the width now at 1,790 mm. What this simply means is that the Z4 offers increased space for the interior and better luggage capacity.
If the roof is up, one can see that the headroom is increased by 44 mm, with the shoulder room offering an additional 20 mm, and the elbow room giving an extra 43 mm. Meanwhile, the Z4 has its storage facility placed at the back of the driver and the passenger seats, a first.
The single compartment extends through the whole width of the interior and provides space of 15.5 liters. It even has a netting order to ensure that the items stored are kept steady. Complementing this additional space is the Storage Package that while offered as an option can increase even further the storage capacity.
The Z4 will also have for the first time the brand’s very own iDrive. There is also the BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation system which has a hard disc drive that can store music files as large as 12 Gb. It even has the BMW ConnectedDrive functionality.
The system even has eight Favorite buttons that can be programmed as system shortcuts. The roof has been constructed in a way that the boot can offer storage capacity between 180 liters to 310 liters, enough space to even store golf clubs.
There is even a hatch in the middle of the two seats to stow a second set of golf clubs. Customers will be glad to know that for the first time, they will be allowed to specify the through-loading system if they want additional storage for their Z4.
Another improvement to the Z4 is the driver visibility. Four electric windows result in a larger glasshouse and thus the all-round visibility is increased by 14% while side visibility is raised by as much as 40%. The Retractable Hard-Top roof has a rear window of glass, improving visibility even further by 52%.