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BMW Z4 Range Includes 194bhp 20i, 377bhp US-Spec M40i

BMW has revealed specs for the rest of the Z4 range, including the US-spec M40i which will be much more powerful than Europe's

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BMW - BMW Z4 Range Includes 194bhp 20i, 377bhp US-Spec M40i - News

If you want a BMW Z4 that’s more powerful than the M40i version, you’re all out of luck. There are no plans that we know of to make a full-on M Division Z4, so for the foreseeable, the M Performance Z will be the most potent derivative.

But here’s the thing: the version sold in the US will be quite a bit more powerful than the European-sped car. BMW has revealed that the Stateside M40i will develop 377bhp from its 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six, compared to 335bhp for those available the other side of the pond. ‘Murica!

BMW - BMW Z4 Range Includes 194bhp 20i, 377bhp US-Spec M40i - News

If you’re happy with a drop in displacement and cylinder count, we now have details of the lower rungs of the Z4 ladder to bring you - up until now, we’d only seen specs for the range-topper.

The starting point will be the sDrive20i (which is not heading to the USA), developing 194bhp from a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged inline-four. It’ll do 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds, running out of breath at 149mph.

BMW - BMW Z4 Range Includes 194bhp 20i, 377bhp US-Spec M40i - News

Sitting neatly between this and the M40i is the sDrive30i, with a more powerful version of the same four-banger. It puts out 254bhp, allowing for a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds. Like the M40i, it will keep going until an electronically-limited 155mph top speed. All cars are fitted with an eight-speed automatic gearbox - there’s definitely no manual option, I’m afraid.

BMW - BMW Z4 Range Includes 194bhp 20i, 377bhp US-Spec M40i - News

With a capacity of 281 litres the boot has grown by 50 per cent compared to the last Z4, and retracting the fabric roof - which can be raised or lowered “within 10 seconds” while the car is moving at anything up to 31mph - won’t reduce available space.

All cars have 18-inch wheels as standard, with optional 19s on the menu. A 12.3-inch screen used in place of a physical instrument cluster is standard equipment too, and it’s paired with a 10.25-inch screen running BMW’s iDrive infotainment system.

BMW - BMW Z4 Range Includes 194bhp 20i, 377bhp US-Spec M40i - News

The Z4 will be making its grand public debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. Fancy buying one? It’ll be launched around March 2019.