BMW has releaed their newly upgraded BMW Z4 Roadster. The updated model is set to arrive in BMW showrooms in time for spring 2013. New exterior features, detailed interior refinements, the new Hyper Orange design package, as well as availability of the full range of BMW ConnectedDrive are part of the new offering.

The BMW Z4 will continue to be available in the US with one four-cylinder and two inline-six powerplants. Other regions get the sDrive18i, which comes with a four-cylinder, 2.0 liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 154hp and 177lb-ft of torque. As standard, the engine is connected to a six-speed manual but for more money it can be linked to an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The BMW sDrive28i features BMW’s TwinPower Turbo 2.0 liter four cylinder engine, which produces 240 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. It powers the BMW Roadster from 0–6 mph in 5.5 seconds with the six-speed manual (5.6 with the eight-speed automatic). The BMW Z4 sDrive35i features BMW’s N54 TwinPower Turbo 3.0 liter inline-six, producing 300hp and 300lb-ft of torque. It goes 0–60mph in five seconds flat with the seven-speed DCT (5.1 with the six-speed manual). The top-range Z4 sDrive35is features a higher-output version of BMW’s N54 engine producing 335hp and 332lb-ft of torque and the seven-speed DCT. The top model goes from 0-60mph in just 4.8 seconds.

The standard Xenon headlights of the new BMW Z4 have a new slim design and extend well into the front wheel arches. The side indicators have a newly designed, tapered surround. Other new details are new paint finishes, Hyper Orange Design package, a new alloy wheel and the M Sport package. The range of light-alloy wheels includes a newly designed V-Spoke 18-inch wheels combined with staggered front and rear tire sizes.

New interior additions to standard specification include high-gloss black surrounds for the central air vents and the iDrive control system’s folding Control Display, which comes as part of the optional navigation system. Elsewhere, Fineline Anthracite wood has been added to the selection of interior trim strips available as an option for the new BMW Z4. The BMW Z4 sDrive28i, BMW Z4 sDrive35i and BMW Z4 sDrive35is are offered with Kansas leather trim.

The range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive has been expanded. If the navigation system is specified, the ConnectedDrive Services options allow use of internet-based information and entertainment services inside the car. This system must be fitted to enable access to the BMW Online portal and apps using the Control Display and iDrive Controller. The Real Time Traffic Information function is also on hand, supplying the driver with congestion warnings and diversion recommendations in real time.

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