Official: 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition

BMW is paying tribute to the somewhat rare ZHP package previously offered on the E46 3-Series with the new limited-run 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition. The original ZHP was introduced by BMW Individual as a mild performance package for the 2003-2006 3-Series and featured a smaller shift knob, uprated suspension and a recalibrated ECU and different camshafts for a 10 horsepower bump over standard models to 235hp.

The ZHP 3-Series was never sold in North America, however the continent is filled with true BMW fans who know all about the enthusiast-friendly ZHP. That’s why BMW of North America has decided to build a limited run of 100 2016 ‘ZHP’ 4-Series with a range of BMW M Performance line parts for 2016.

2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition  Side

According to BMW, all ZHP models’ steering will be “notably quicker with more precise handling,” thanks to the Track Handling Package, which is a new option for the 2016 4-Series. The Track Handling pack will include 18-inch Orbit Grey V-Spoke Wheels, M Sport brakes with 4-piston units up front and 2-pistons out back, and Adaptive M suspension along with Variable Sport Steering. Also contributing to the improved handling dynamics will be the standard M Performance Limited Slip Differential.

2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition  Front

Like the original E46 ZHP, the 2016 model also receives a minor power boost. The twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinder has received a boost of 35 horsepower and 32 lb-ft of torque thanks to the M Performance Power Kit, which includes recalibrated engine tuning and a new M Performance air intake. A stainless-steel M performance exhaust rounds out the major changes , helping to shed 8.8 pounds of weight while also providing a sportier sounding exhaust note.

With 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque in automatic models, the ZHP is 2 seconds faster than the standard 435i l from 0 mph to 60 mph and 5 seconds faster from 50 mph to 75 mph. There is no claimed performance difference between 8 speed automatic and 6 speed transmissions.

Appearance wise, the ZHP benefits from a special front and rear spoiler made from high-quality carbon reinforced plastic, an M Performance diffuser and M Performance black kidney grilles. BMW says the limited-run model will be available through select BMW M Centers with production commencing in July. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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