Next year, BMW will bring to market the facelift version of their only roadster available for sale: the Z4. Launched in 2009, the Z4 Roadster is due for the typical BMW life cycle impulse and it’s expected to inherit some of the design cues seen on recently launched models, like the new F30 3 Series.
A rendering by Carscoop showcases a Z4 with heavy influences from the aforementioned 3 Series, starting with the headlights that now end into the double kidney grilles which are also more pronounced than the previous model. The headlights also wrap around the fenders giving the car an even more road-focused look. At the rear we anticipate minor changes to the tailights.
In the U.S., the company sells three models: the entry-level sDrive28i, the high-end sDrive35i and the “wannabe” Z4M dubbed 35is. The 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i was the first four-cylinder engine into the U.S. market and comes powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that replaces the venerable N52B30 six-cylinder naturally aspirated unit.
Its replacement provides equivalent or better performance, refinement, and smoothness with two fewer cylinders. With 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, it offers more power and torque than BMW’s normally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-6 that it replaces in the Z4 sDrive30i.
In the sDrive35i form, the roadster outputs 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm. With a manual transmission, the new Z4 goes from still to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, just .1 second slower than the old Z4 M. The sDrive35i weighs around 3,400 lbs.
The BMW Z4 sDrive35is made its world debut at the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The sDrive35is carries under the hood an upgraded version of the popular N54 3.0 liter twin-turbo engine. The tuned up engine produces 335 horsepower 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.BMW Z4 sDrive35is runs from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
First photos of the 2013 BMW Z4 Facelift will hit the interwebs sometimes at the end of this year.