2009 BMW Z4 – German Pricing

BMW Z4 | December 14th, 2008 by 10
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I was just informed that BMW has already set the pricing for those customers that live in Germany. A little bit unexpected since BMW is …

I was just informed that BMW has already set the pricing for those customers that live in Germany. A little bit unexpected since BMW is known for delaying as much as possible the pricing announcement.

The car will become available in Spring, but I have no doubt the dealerships will have a waiting list for the new roadster. Despite a few small concerns that I have heard from several people, most of them in regards to the increased weight, the new BMW Z4 has been received very well. Everyone is praising BMW’s new design and Juliane Blasi gets all the attention.

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So, let me start by showing you the german base prices for the 2009 BMW Z4: 

  • BMW Z4 sDrive 23i (204 bhp) = 35,900 – euros – 48,071 USD
  • BMW Z4 sDrive 30i (258 bhp) = 42,900 – euros – 57,445 USD
  • BMW Z4 sDrive 35i (306 bhp) = 47,450 – euros – 63,537 USD
And now let’s compare it to the previous generation E85 Z4, still german pricing:
  • BMW E85 Z4 2.0i (150HP) = €29,900 – euros – 40,037 USD
  • BMW E85 Z4 2.5i (177HP) = €32,900 – euros – 44,054 USD
  • BMW E85 Z4 2.5si (218HP) = €35,900 – euros – 48,071 USD
  • BMW E85 Z4 3.0si (265HP) = €42,250 – euros – 56,574 USD

Conclusion: A very significant increase, what we have all feared, has just happened. The high-end Z4 sDrive35i costs $7,000 more than its E85 counterpart or a 12.3% increase. I do expect the US pricing to follow the same pattern.

And in the end, let’s see how the competitions has priced their roadsters and we will choose Mercedes-Benz and their beautiful SLK.

  • 200K (184HP) = 36,500 -euros -48,875 USD 
  • 280 (231HP) = 41,860 – euros – 56,052 USD
  • 350 (305HP) = 46,975 – euros – 62,901 USD
Conclusion: BMW has priced its new E89 Z4 roadster very close to the SLK, with two out of three models being slightly more expensive, and the base  one, sDrive23i, a few hundred euros cheaper.

Thanks for the SLK numbers EnI!

10 responses to “2009 BMW Z4 – German Pricing”

  1. Artmic says:

    If they price the BMW Z4 at the same level as the mercedes then they lost their minds. I think the SLK is way overpriced for a 2 seater.

  2. L1ndja says:

    Ok guys i will have to thank all the bmwblog staff of theyre excellent work on getting all this information in a quit small amount of time.
    I really like the new Z4 and i have 1 question
    what motor will the Z4 sDrive 23i use?

  3. John says:

    How do those prices compare with the German pricing on Boxsters and Caymans? I have to agree with Artmic that BMW may have lost their minds, unless they’re offering large enough dealer incentives that the street prices will be considerably below the street prices on Porsches and Mercedes.

  4. Brookside says:

    Horatiu thanks for all the hard work….BMWBlog has become the clearing house for info on all things BMW. Much appreciated.

    I’ll disagree a bit with your figures….tho the formulation is accurate I doubt that the extrapolation will apply to the real msrp for the US.

    I’m guessing (OK….hoping) we’ll see something more in the range of $4k-5k increase (8-9%) over the current Z4’s. If it turns out that your numbers are accurate then I suspect many will hold out for the Z2.
    A 50 grand base Z4 3.0i with 6-speed is just enough beyond my budget that the car becomes more of a fantasy than a reality of seeing this beautiful thing sitting in my driveway.

    We’ll probably know before May- but right now I’m doubtful I could manage to swing these numbers in a time of watching my budget and dwindling 401k.

  5. SC says:


    The motor in the 23i is the same motor in the 123i. It is a 2 liter 4 cylinder turbo. They wouldn’t put the engine in the 3 series for some reason though.

  6. Horatiu B. says:

    @Brookside: Brookside, you know I am not always right, so feel free to disagree :) This makes the blog a more constructive and informative place.

    You might be right, historically the price increases were a little smaller here compared to other parts of the world….

    And, it will take a while for the Z2, I don’t think it’ll get here before 2012.

  7. Brookside says:

    @Horatiu B.:

    Thanks for the good words Horatiu….here’s hoping, at least on this point…
    I’m closer to the actual numbers than your formula.

    Again, fabulous looking car with great engine matches. BMW got it right.

  8. Bunny says:

    23i will use 2.5 liter engine, without turbo :)

  9. clara says:

    Horatiu, any info on the Z4-M? Will it indeed get the M3’s V8?

  10. clara says:

    Speaking of which….. the 3.0T costs about the same as an M3. What’s the sense of that!?

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