The 2023 BMW Z4 Roadster: Pure driving pleasure

  • Fresh exterior design accents and new optional equipment
  • M Sport Package now standard on Z4 sDrive30i
  • Three rich new metallic paints: Thundernight, Portimao Blue, and Skyscraper Grey
  • Worldwide market debut scheduled for November 2022
  • Base MSRP for Z4 sDrive30i $52,800; M40i $65,300, both plus $995 destination

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 27, 2022…A pure-bred roadster, more sporting and visually appealing than ever: this is the BMW Z4 for model year 2023. The latest version of the open-top two-seater incorporates a raft of detail updates, brings fresh design accents to the exterior, expands the range of standard equipment and adds new items to the options list. The 2023 Z4 sDrive30i and M40i have the ideal elements with which to build on the model’s success story as both a symbol of pure driving pleasure in BMW’s product line and the global leader in its market segment.
Continuing the successful roadster tradition at BMW. 
The history of BMW roadsters as the embodiment of driving pleasure on the road and success on the racetrack extends back to the company’s formative years as a carmaker. And the brand’s open-top two-seaters have also represented important milestones in the development of BMW in the more recent past. The BMW Z1 unveiled in 1987 was developed by BMW Technik GmbH as a showcase for innovation with its front-mid-engine design, slide-down doors, steel monocoque, and plastic body panels. Some 8,000 examples were delivered to customers between 1988 and 1991, and today each is a coveted collector’s item. The BMW Z3 introduced in 1995 was the brand’s first model to be produced exclusively at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina. The BMW Z3 was introduced to the public on the silver screen – as James Bond’s service vehicle in the film GoldenEye. 
The BMW Z4 has delivered open-top driving pleasure for one driver and one passenger for 20 years now. The first generation of the roadster was revealed at the 2002 Mondial de l’Automobile show in Paris. It was followed four years later by the hardtop BMW Z4 Coupe, out of which a GT3 racing car was developed that enjoyed considerable success in the Nürburgring endurance racing series.
A retractable hardtop appeared on the second-generation BMW Z4 roadster. Flowing lines, a long hood, and a passenger compartment set far back were the defining elements of the two-seater’s appearance. On the racetrack, the BMW Z4 picked up on the success of its predecessor with another GT3 variant. Customer racing teams powered to victory in the 24-hour races in Dubai and at Spa-Francorchamps.
The current BMW Z4 has been on the market since 2020, and over 55,000 units of the third-generation roadster have been sold worldwide. From day one, it has been by far the highest-selling model in a class populated exclusively by German premium brands, and it has consistently increased its market share ever since.
More dynamic than ever: M Sport package as standard, BMW kidney grille with a new design.
The M Sport Package now standard on the Z4 sDrive30i includes design elements that emphasize roadster’s width and powerful stance. They include the three-section air intakes in the front apron familiar from other M models, distinctive side-sill contouring and a rear apron with bold edging at either side. The side air intakes – which guide the oncoming air to the air curtains, reducing turbulence in the wheel arches – have been restyled. And detail updates have been made to the design of the BMW kidney grille, with a horizontal inner structure adding to the impression of width at the front.
Exclusive 19-inch M light-alloy wheels, three new exterior colors.
Newly optional are 19-inch M light-alloy wheels designed exclusively for the BMW Z4. The V-spoke design, Jet Black matte finish and diamond polished rim edge are at once striking and sophisticated. The 19-inch M light-alloy wheels are fitted with 255/35 ZR19 tires at the front and 275/35 ZR19 tire at the rear.
The range of optional exterior paint finishes for the BMW Z4 has been revised, and now includes Thundernight metallic, Portimao Blue metallic, and Skyscraper Grey metallic for the first time.
Also new to the options list are the M Shadowline Lights, which may be specified with the optional Adaptive LED Headlights. The headlights’ dark inserts imbue the front of the Z4 with a discreetly sporting aura and compliment the optional Extended Shadowline Trim.
Classical sports car cockpit with M-specific touches.
The design of the BMW Z4 interior is defined by a driver-focused cockpit layout, sport seats with integral head restraints, clear, forward-facing lines, and minimal decorative surfaces. With the addition of the M Sport Package as standard, the interior of the BMW Z4 sDrive30i now includes an M leather steering wheel, M Sport seats, M pedals, an M driver’s footrest, and a dashboard upholstered in SensaTec.
                                                      Z4 sDrive30i Z4 M40i
No. of doors/seats 2 / 2 2 / 2
Length / Width / Height (in) 170.7 / 73.4 / 51.4 170.7 / 73.4 / 51.3
Wheelbase (in) 97.2 97.2
Track, front / rear (in) 63.7 / 63.5 62.8 / 62.6
Ground clearance (in) 4.7 4.5
Turning circle (ft) 36.1 36.1
Fuel tank capacity (gal) 13.7 13.7
Curb weight (lbs) 3,314 3,543
GVWR (lbs) 3,880 4,101
Luggage capacity (cu ft) 9.9 9.9
Config. / no. cylinders / valves Inline / 4 / 4 Inline / 6 / 4
Engine technology BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: TwinScroll turbo, High Precision Injection. VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing
Capacity (cc) 1,998 2,998
Stroke / bore (mm) 94.6 / 82.0 94.6 / 82.0
Compression ratio (:1) 10.2 10.2
Max output (hp @ rpm) 255 @ 5,000-6,500 382 @ 5,800-6,500
Max torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 295 @ 1,550-4,400 369 @ 1,800-4,500
Driving Dynamics and Safety
Suspension, front Double-joint spring strut axle in lightweight aluminum-steel construction, hydraulically damped torque strut bearing
Suspension, rear Five-link axle in lightweight aluminum-steel construction
Brakes, front Four-piston fixed-caliper, vented discs
Brakes, rear Single-piston floating-caliper, vented discs
Driving stability systems Standard: DSC incl. ABS and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control), Dry Braking function, fading compensation, drive-off assistant, Adaptive suspension, M Sport differential
Safety equipment Airbags for driver and passenger, side airbags for driver and passenger, head airbags, three-point inertia reel seatbelts, belt tensioner and belt force limiter, crash sensors, tire pressure indicator
Steering Servotronic Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Steering ratio overall (:1) 15.1
Std. Tires front / rear 255/40ZR18 95Y / 275/40ZR18 99Y
Std. Rims, front / rear (in) 9J x 18 / 10J x 18
Type 8-speed Steptronic
Gear ratios I :1 5.25
  II :1 3.36
  III :1 2.17
  IV :1 1.72
  V :1 1.32
  VI :1 1.00
  VII :1 0.82
  VIII :1 0.64
  R :1 3.71
Final Drive   :1 3.15
Acceleration 0-60 mph (sec) 5.2 3.9
Top Speed (MPH) 155 155

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California;  a technology office in Silicon Valley, and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is the BMW Group global center of competence for BMW X models and assembles the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7 Sports Activity Vehicles as well as the BMW XM. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 349 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 145 BMW motorcycle retailers, 104 MINI passenger car dealers, and 38 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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