Good news for the tiny minority of you who think the new BMW Z4 is even halfway good-looking (if a straw poll of the TG UK office is representitive, you’re pretty much on your own). If you don’t want/can’t afford the full-fat M40i, with its turbocharged 335hp straight-six, BMW has announced it will sell you one with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder instead. Presumably for less money, though prices still haven’t been announced.
The Z4 sDrive 20i and 30i both have the same engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox, but different tunes. The former gets 197hp and 320Nm, giving 0-100kph in 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 240kph. The latter gets 258hp and 400Nm, good for 0-100kph in 5.4 seconds and 255kph. Both 20i and 30i claim the same 47.1mpg and 138g/km of CO2. In comparison, the full-fat M40i does 0-100kph in 4.6 seconds.