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by Brett Davis

BMW will introduce a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine into the BMW Z4 lineup later this year, as well as a new entry-level BMW Z4 in the form of the BMW Z4 sDrive20i. The BMW Z4 sDrive28i will also be added into the lineup, replacing the current sDrive30i variant.

The new BMW Z4 sDrive20i will replace the current entry-level Z4 sDrive23i. It will use a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 135kW of power and 270Nm of torque. This means the new entry-level Z4 will be 15kW short of the 2.5-litre 23i, but up 20Nm.

The next model up will be the BMW Z4 sDrive28i, replacing the existing sDrive30i. It will feature a revised version of the 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo engine, producing 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque. These figures are down 10kW but up 40Nm, compared with the outgoing sDrive30i. The Z4 sDrive28i will be able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than the 30i.

BMW says that due to the introduction of the new model, the Z4 will now be available at a lower starting price: $76,900 for the BMW Z4 sDrive20i, while the sDrive28i will kick off at $89,400. sDrive35i models will also receive a price drop, from $129,990 to $120,500 for the top level BMW sDrive35is.

The new BMW Z4 range will be introduced in November with the option of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Price changes for the sDrive35i models are now in effect.

Manufacturer’s Recommended List Prices:

Z4 sDrive20i: $76,900
Z4 sDrive28i: $89,400
Z4 sDrive35i: $107,500
Z4 sDrive35is: $120,500




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