BMW Z4 facelift

14 Jan, 2013 5:22pm Tom Phillips

Pictures and details of the revised BMW Z4, following its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show

This is the revised version of the BMW Z4, which has made its official public debut at the Detroit Motor Show.

The biggest change is the introduction of a new entry-level model, the BMW Z4 sDrive18i, which is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that develops 154bhp.

It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, or an eight-speed auto gearbox can be ordered as an option.

The manual sDrive18i can complete the 0-62mph sprint in 7.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 137mph. The claimed average fuel economy is 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions are 159g/km.

Aside from the new engine, there are some minor tweaks to the Z4’s exterior, including revised LED headlights and a choice of new 17 and 18-inch alloy wheel designs.

Inside, BMW has added the option of the Design Pure Traction styling pack, which adds black and orange contrasting trim to the interior. The Z4 also gets the option of the impressive internet-connected Professional navigation system.

Aside from the new sDrive18i model, the remaining Z4 sDrive20i, sDrive28i, sDrive35i and sDrive35is (pictured) spec levels continue unchanged. The revised Z4 will go on sale in the UK in April.

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Ignoring the unforgivable naming convention of badging a car to suggest an engine size which simply isn't correct, why have BMW bothered with the silly sDrive bit. If they all have it, it adds nothing. Does it mean anything? Or does is just make a sports car sound like a washing machine. The original Z4's best model was a 3.0i. Simple as that. Now it's a sDrive35is - cool...

It may seem a tad churlish but I still can't cope with those door handles and there is still far too much of Bangle about this design. It does appear to have an improved presence but it can't hold a candle to the SLK in this respect.

The day BMW drops Chris Bungles design influence, will be the day i start buying BMWs again.

Know exactly what you mean. His bungling influence is still seen on some of their cars. But in some, they are slowly getting back to their former elegant designs - like the new 5 series - and the old shape 1 series coupe in the right colour with big wheels - looks quite good too. It reminds me of the old E30 with its proportions and tight lines.