2013 BMW Z4 roadster receives minor update and better specifications

The BMW Z4 roadster has received minor cosmetic updates for 2013. Particular attention has been paid to the front of the vehicle with LED light rings now part of the standard bi-xenon headlights.

There are also accent lights with metal inserts that arch over the headlights and chrome colour surrounds that emphasise the integrated turn signal indicators. The side indicators now feature a newly designed tapered surround which adds to the dynamic profile.

Inside, new high-gloss black surrounds adorn the central air vents and the iDrive system’s folding control display.

Model range and engine options remain unchanged and include two four-cylinder and one six-cylinder engine.

The entry-level BMW Z4 sDrive20i is powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol generating 135kW of power and 270Nm of torque. It enables the roadster to sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and returns 6.8L/100km while emitting 159g/km of CO2.

Next up is the sDrive28i powered by the same 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol, but tuned to produce 180kW and 350Nm. 0-100km/h is dispatched in 5.5 seconds and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions remain unchanged at 6.8L/100km and 159g/km, respectively.

The top of the range Z4 sDrive35is is propelled by a 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine generating 250kW of power and 450Nm of torque. 0-100km/h is done in 4.8 seconds and has a combined fuel consumption of 9.0L/100km. CO2 emission is rated at 210g/km.

An 8-speed Sport automatic transmission with unidirectional gear shift paddles is now standard for both 4-cylinder variants. A 6-speed manual is available as a no-cost option. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is retains the 7-speed dual clutch transmission as standard.

The 2013 BMW Z4 is also better value than before, with an increase in specifications. Professional navigation system is now standard across the range and includes a high-resolution 8.8-inch colour display, DVD drive, internet functionality, 3D map, functional bookmarks and bird’s-eye view.

The mid-range Z4 sDrive28i gains new 18-inch alloy wheels, music interface for smartphones and sports seats. The range-topping Z4 sDrive35is adds new 19-inch wheels, music interface for smartphone and a wind deflector.

A range of option packages are available with the new BMW Z4 roadster line-up.  These include Design Pure Balance, an M Sport Package and a new package called Design Pure Traction.

The $3,500 Design Pure Balance package includes sport seats, Fineline Anthracite fine-wood trim and unique leather upholstery to the seats, doors and armrests for the Z4 sDrive20i or $2,600 for the sDrive28i and sDrive35is.  It can also be purchased in addition to the M Sport Package, at which time it costs $2,600 for both the sDrive20i and sDrive28i.

The M Sport Package is available on both BMW Z4 four-cylinder variants and includes 18-inch light alloy Star-spoke styled wheels with mixed tyres, aluminium carbon interior trim, BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite, BMW sport seats, M leather steering wheel, M sport suspension, and a specially designed aerodynamics package.  The M Sport Package costs $4,900 for the sDrive20i, and $2,900 for the sDrive28i.  The new BMW Z4 sDrive35is comes as standard with a model-specific version of the M Sport package.

The new Design Pure Traction package is offered across the range. This package includes Alcantara/leather upholstery to the seats, armrests, doors and dashboard, sport seats for driver and front passenger, interior trim finishers in ‘metal weave’ design and an individual roofliner in Anthracite trim.  The Design Pure Traction package is priced at $2,000 on the sDrive20i and $1,100 on the sDrive28i and sDrive35is.

A light alloy wheel option program is also available.

ModelPrice (Excluding on-roads)
BMW Z4 sDrive20i$79,900
BMW Z4 sDrive28i$89,900
BMW Z4 sDrive35i$119,545

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