The new BMW Z4

BMW’s droptop is being revamped in time for the Detroit Motor Show and with it comes a new entry level model.

The new BMW Z4

The new BMW Z4

There’s not much to report in the way of visual changes but there is an impressive new sDrive18i model which joins a range which will also feature a better equipment spec.

The sDrive18i can reach 0-62mph in 7.9secs and hit a top speed of 137mph. It has a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional auto version. The power comes from a turbocharged 2.0litre engine.

BMW say the vehicle will return 41.5mpg – though I’d be surprised if drivers could do this in day-to-day traffic.

The Z4 also has some tweaks to the exterior design and a choice of alloy wheels.

Options include BMW’s Design Pure Traction styling pack and their professional navigation system.

There’s also an M Sport package being offered.

The new Z4 goes on sale from March 2013 with prices to start at £27,610 which pits the sDrive18i against the Audi TT Roadster and the Merc SLK 200.

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