Though the Z4 M Roadster was the highlight of BMW’s press conference, there was quick reference to the regular Z4, which offers tweaked styling and updated powertrains for the 2006 model year. With a quick look, observers will notice the revised front end with its relocated fog lights and reshaped air inlet, whereas the tail is now accented by new lenses and a reworked bumper that gives the rear of the 2006 BMW Z4 Roadster a flatter look. Two models are available, the 3.0i and the 3.0si, with the latter getting standard bi-xenon headlights and both being available with a power top. A manual top with a heated rear glass window is standard.
At the heart of the 2006 Z4 are two new 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engines mated to a six-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic is optional). With 3.0i badging, the Z4 offers 215 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque, and 3.0si models boast 255 horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of twist. Both feature BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve system technology, and are designed to meet ULEV-II emissions standards.
No word on pricing yet, but the 2006 BMW Z4 Roadster should start hitting dealer lots this spring.
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