The present BMW Z4 has supplied a guide transmission abroad for years, and now the choice is lastly coming to the U.S.
Following a take a look at drive of a prototype, Autoblog reported on Monday that the 2024 Z4 will provide a 6-speed guide transmission as an alternative choice to the usual 8-speed computerized, however solely within the Z4 M40i grade.
The transmission is sourced from ZF, the identical provider for the 6-speed guide supplied within the associated Toyota Supra. Nevertheless, the transmission has particular tuning by BMW to be used within the Z4, simply as Toyota gave the transmission a particular tune for the Supra.
The Z4 M40i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 rated at 382 hp. BMW additionally provides the Z4 sDrive30i within the U.S. This grade comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-Four rated at 255 hp and can proceed completely with the 8-speed computerized.
2023 BMW Z4
In response to Autoblog, the 2024 Z4 M40i may also obtain a brand new chassis setup with 19-inch wheels up entrance and 20-inch wheels on the rear, plus an energetic differential, stiffer anti-roll bars, and revised steering and adaptive damping programs. The brand new damper system is designed to ship a wider efficiency unfold between the automobile’s consolation and sport settings.
The present BMW Z4 arrived within the U.S. as a 2020 mannequin and was given some minor updates for 2023, together with revisions to the styling and an expanded colour palette.
BMW continues to supply a guide transmission on a handful of fashions in its lineup, most of them from the M division. However the automaker, which is already phasing out dual-clutch automatics, has indicated that the guide can be on its method out. In response to a senior BMW government, the automated will win out as it’s extra suited to electrified autos.