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BMW Z4 for model year 2023: here’s what’s new

September 29, 2022

Sportier looks BMW Z4

The BMW Z4 gets a sportier look, in part because Model M Sport equipment is now also standard for versions with a four-cylinder engine. Because of the enhancements in standard equipment, the Model Sport Line will be dropped. At the same time, three new body colors, 19-inch light-alloy M wheels and M headlights Shadow Line, combined optionally with the also optional adaptive LED headlights, expanded the range.

M Sport Package

The M Sport package includes three-part front air intakes familiar from other M models, sills with distinctive contours and a rear bumper with distinctive edges on either side. The side air intakes, which direct airflow to the Air Curtains to reduce turbulence in the wheel arches, have also been redesigned. A wider kidney grille is also part of the update.

Colors BMW Z4

In addition to the colors Thundernight metallic, Portimao Blau metallic and Skyscraper Grau metallic, which are available for the first time for the BMW Z4, the range includes four more color options that cover a broad spectrum between white, black, red and gray – including the matte BMW Individual body color Frozen Grey metallic. The power-operated fabric convertible top can be opened or closed within ten seconds, even driving at speeds up to 50 km/h.


Standard features on all model variants include a windshield, additional storage space, a load-through system, Park Distance Control with front and rear sensors, an automatic dimming interior mirror and automatic air conditioning with two climate zones. For the BMW Z4 sDrive30i and BMW Z4 M40i, Ambiance lighting and M trims are also added.

Automatic is standard

The eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is standard for all engine variants and comes standard with shift paddles on the steering wheel and a Launch Control feature.

Engines BMW Z4 2023

The BMW Z4 sDrive20i and BMW Z4 sDrive30i both use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. In the BMW Z4 sDrive20i, it accounts for 145 kW (197 hp) and 320 Nm, enabling 0-100 km/h acceleration in 6.6 seconds. The engine in the BMW Z4 sDrive30i produces 190 kW (258 hp) and 400 Nm, good for 0-100 km/h acceleration in 5.4 seconds.

The BMW Z4 M40i has a six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology. This 3.0-liter engine delivers 250 kW (340 hp) of power and 500 Nm of torque, good for 0-100 km/h acceleration in 4.5 seconds.

Undercarriage Technology

The M Sport suspension, now standard for the BMW Z4 sDrive30i, optimizes driving dynamics with its firm damper and spring settings. The BMW Z4 M40i has an Adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled dampers and – like the BMW Z4 sDrive30i – an M Sport brake system with a choice of blue or red calipers. The BMW Z4 M40i also comes standard with an M Sport differential on the rear axle, which is also optionally available for the BMW Z4 sDrive30i.

Driver assistance systems

Standard equipment includes Approach Control Warning with braking function, Lane Departure Warning with active lane assist and Speed Limit Info with display of overtaking prohibitions. Options include Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Change Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Crossing Traffic Warning, Parking Assistant and Reversing Assist Camera. The BMW Head-Up Display that projects driving information onto the windshield is also available.

BMW Live Cockpit Professional

The now standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional offers intuitive operation and intelligent connectivity, including customizable screens for the all-digital instrument panel and control display. The screens both measure 10.25 inches diagonally. Functionality also includes BMW Maps navigation, a multimedia system with hard drive and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

Current generation BMW Z4: since 2020

The current third-generation BMW Z4 has been on the market since 2020. The BMW Z4 M40i accounts for more than 30% of global sales and even 48% of sales in Germany. Since the sales launch of the fourth-generation BMW Z4, 55,000 units have already been sold worldwide. After Germany, which accounts for about 26% of sales, the United States, China, the United Kingdom and Japan are considered the main markets. In a generally shrinking market segment, the BMW Z4 nevertheless records remarkably consistent sales results.