Scheduled to launch in November 2022, the redesigned open-top sports car features the M Sport Package completely as standard on the sDrive30i. In addition to Thundernight, new entries in the exterior color palette further include Portimao Blue and Skyscraper Gray. With the addition of the M Sport Package, the sDrive30i now comes with an M leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats, pedals, and artificial leather on the dashboard.
iDrive 8 with BMW Curved Display launched in 2021, yet the Bavarian automaker didn’t update the iDrive 7 of the Z4 to the latest operating system for whatever reason. The Germans have also forgotten to celebrate M’s 50th anniversary, which is a missed opportunity in regard to the M40i variant.
There is hearsay in regard to the imminent arrival of a six-speed manual, most likely shared with the six-speed manual in the Supra. Nevertheless, the Munich-based automaker didn’t confirm or deny this rumor at press time.
Priced at $52,800 plus a $995 destination charge for the sDrive30i, the mid-cycle refresh of the Z4 cranks out 255 horsepower and 295 pound-foot (400 Nm) of torque between 1,500 and 4,400 revolutions per minute. Stepping up to the six-cylinder M40i gets you 382 ponies and 369 pound-foot (500 Nm) of torque between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm for a cool $65,300 sans DFC.