2010 Leipzig Auto Show: BMW Z4 sDrive35is

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Back in December of 2009, BMW introduced a new model in the Z4 family: sDrive35is. The new upgraded, more powerful Z4is went public at the …

Back in December of 2009, BMW introduced a new model in the Z4 family: sDrive35is. The new upgraded, more powerful Z4is went public at the Detroit Auto Show when the 2011 roadster opened the doors for more “is” performance oriented vehicles to come in the months. Yesterday, the Z4 35is made its European debut at the Leipzig Auto Show and our sister magazine, BimmerToday, was there to snap some new photos.

The sDrive35is carries under the hood an upgraded version of the popular N54 engine or in everybody’s language, the award winning six-cylinder 3.0 liter twin-turbo engine. The tuned up engine produces 335 horsepower (340hp in Europe) at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft in “regular mode”. An electronically-controlled overboost function can briefly increase torque under full load by another 37 lb-ft. This brings the torque peak to 369 lb-ft.

Unofficial, preliminary numbers show that the 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is runs from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. In comparison, the regular Z4 35i registers 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds (5.1 manual transmission). BMW Z4 sDrive35is is limited electronically to 250 km/h or 155 mph. The engine is matted to 7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission (DCT) with SPORT and SPORT+ driving modes. The DCT also features a Launch Control function for maximum performance when accelerating from a standstill. BMW sDrive35is weighs 1,525 kg (3,362 lbs).

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The significant performance boost is a direct result of a higher-flow intake that allow the turbos to spin up to higher pressure. Three big software changes were added to this upgrade model as well.

The electric power steering (EPS) features very sporty programming providing a greater feedback to the driver; cornering and aggressive shifting at its best.

Even though it doesn’t carry the M badge, the BMW Z4 sDrive35is includes new M Sport upgrades such as adaptive M Suspension and M Aerodynamics. The adaptive M Suspension combines a ride-height reduction of 10 millimeters (almost 0.4”) with electronically controlled shock absorbers. Special M-Sport 18-inch light-alloy wheels in five-spoke design round off the sporty character of the Z4 sDrive35is. Optional, the buyer can choose 19-inch wheels.

The 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is might not be a successor to the Z4 M Roadster, but in terms of styling, performance, overall dynamic and ability, it is more than a worthy replacement.

[Source: BimmerToday ]

12 responses to “2010 Leipzig Auto Show: BMW Z4 sDrive35is”

  1. Sincai says:

    Sexiest roadster ever!

  2. BMWM6 says:

    The is is great but I want an M roadster

  3. klier says:

    The shots are pretty crappy. I don’t see a single good photo of this fantistic car here. What a shame!

  4. Giom says:

    My bro and I drove the 35i in Cape Town this past December. That car, in standard trim, is pretty quick and it feels fantastic to be inside.

    I can imagine that the 35is must feel insane! Looks a lot cooler too.

  5. X7 says:

    I want one

  6. Joe says:

    Can’t believe they just didn’t put a 6spd. tranny in there.

  7. Used Trucks says:

    I have always believed that BMW is very very serious about safety.I really like the front lower facia and rims.Color and engine like a great combination.I can’t wait to test drive it!!

  8. Zeeee 4 says:

    The z4 coupe is the best coupe in BMW till now

  9. madden says:

    beautifull. i like this car

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