At the same time as BMW is launching an updated, newly powered Z4 Roadster Series, the Bavarian automaker is also unveiling a BMW M version of this spirited 2-seater: the M Roadster, which takes the Z4’s innate sportiness to an even higher level of thoroughbred performance and driving pleasure.
Keen observers of the sports- and performance-car scene will recall that along with the previous generation of BMW’s 2-seat Roadster, the Z3, BMW M offered its version. Also known as the M Roadster, it packed M’s ultra-high-performance 6-cylinder engine and offered enthusiasts a rip-snortin‘ pleasure machine, long on character and short on timidity.
When the current Z4 Roadster was introduced in the 2003 model year, BMW kept a possible M version under consideration. Then, as now, the Z4 Series consisted of two models powered by regular-production BMW 6-cylinder engines. Now, though, the decision is in: Alongside the now improved regular-production Z4s (themselves powered by BMW’s new magnesium/aluminum Valvetronic 6-cylinder engine), a new M Roadster makes its debut, with production beginning in January ‘06 at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina factory. Base price for the new M Roadster is $51,995 including destination.
With the M Roadster, BMW brings together the Z4’s advanced sports-roadster concept and a version of the BMW M 6-cylinder engine that’s even more powerful than that of the previous M Roadster – plus a wide range of new BMW and BMW M developments in suspension, steering, brakes, stability systems, safety features and, not to be left out, luxury and convenience feaures. In short, the new M Roadster is an artful fusion of ultimate BMW M performance, contemporary technology and abundant luxury.
Author: Text Source - BMW Press Club