BMW India Launches The New Z4 Roadster

It boasts a 10-second fabric roof and a 4.5-second standard sprint time.

Are you looking for a convertible two-seater that’s good to look at and even better to drive? Today’s launch from BMW India could very well be a contender. It’s the new Z4 Roadster that arrives on Indian shores as a direct import. And there’s only one variant, the M40i, which is priced at INR 89.30 lakh, excluding taxes.

The BMW Z4 M40i Roadster has a turbocharged 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 335hp/500Nm. The oomph goes to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. According to BMW, that engine-gearbox combination can help the Z4 M40i Roadster hit 100kmph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds and clock 250kmph at full stretch.

Aiding the driving dynamics are the M Sport Differential, multiple drive modes, M Sport Brakes and Adaptive M Suspension. The two-seater also packs Launch Control, which comes in handy to get it off the line in the quickest time. And one could relish the engine noise better after electrically folding away the fabric roof. That process takes just 10 seconds.

The standard features list is quite extensive. It includes a wind deflector, rain-sensing wipers, automatic LED headlamps, two-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, auto-dimming IRVM, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10-speaker 205-watt sound system and wireless mobile charging. Part of the options list are features such as adaptive LED headlights, Comfort Access, Active Cruise Control, a 12-speaker 408-watt Harman Kardon sound system, a head-up display, M seat belts, lumbar support for the occupants and ISOFIX anchorages for child booster seats.

The standard safety blanket is promising. It includes a tyre pressure monitor, front and side airbags for both occupants, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control and dynamic braking lights.

Based on how much it costs, the BMW Z4 Roadster sits quite comfortably in the Indian market. There’s no direct competition, per se, as both the Jaguar F-Pace Convertible and the least-expensive Porsche Boxster cost way more.

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