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The new G29 BMW Z4 was introduced in Malaysia earlier this year, and ahead of the local launch, we headed out to Australia to take this roadster for a spin. The topless, two-seater, front-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car is even more relevant now, as its closely-related cousin, the hotly-anticipated Toyota GR Supra, has also just been launched.
Surprisingly, the BMW is almost RM90,000 cheaper than the Toyota, at RM479,800 for the sDrive30i M Sport. But whereas the Supra is powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six, the Z4 gets the same 2.0 litre B48 four-pot as the 330i, making 258 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Just like the Supra, drive is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, and it gets from zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds.
The collaboration with Toyota has allowed Munich to focus on the car’s sporting characteristics. It has ditched the outgoing E89’s heavy folding metal roof for a lightweight soft top, and has also cut some 26 mm out of the wheelbase for greater agility. Under the skin, you’ll find double-jointed MacPherson strut front suspension and a five-link setup at the rear, with rigid suspension and subframe mountings at the front, a front axle tuned to improve steering precision and handling and lots of aluminium components for reduced unsprung weight.
Standard equipment includes LED headlights with auto high beam, 18-inch Style 798 M two-tone alloy wheels, M Sport suspension, Variable Sport Steering, keyless entry, push-button start, power-adjustable M Sport seats with memory, aluminium trim, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, the Live Cockpit Professional system with twin 10.25-inch displays, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a reverse camera and a Parking Assistant with Reversing Assist. Still no autonomous emergency braking, mind.
So, what is BMW’s new sports car like to drive? Watch the video above and let our man Matthew Tong take you on a ride to see what’s what. You can also browse full specifications and equipment of the new G29 BMW Z4 on CarBase.my.
GALLERY: G29 BMW Z4 sDrive30i M Sport in Malaysia