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2019 BMW Z4 M40i: Top-down, turbocharged thrills

BMW's new Z4 roadster is immensely enjoyable in its range-topping M40i guise.

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Here it is, the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i roadster.

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Two versions of the Z4 will be offered in the US. The M40i seen here will go on sale next summer, and we'll get a less-powerful sDrive30i variant first.

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The Z4 M40i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 engine with 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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The sDrive30i, meanwhile, uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 with 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet.

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If you're hoping for a manual transmission, you're out of luck. All US-spec Z4s will use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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The power folding soft top can be retracted in just 10 seconds, and at speeds up to 30 mph.

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The Z4's trunk offers the same 9.9 cubic feet of cargo space regardless of roof position.

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As for on-road acceleration, the Z4 M40i can sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

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Look for the Z4 sDrive30i to hit dealers in March, and pricing will be available closer to that time.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2019 BMW Z4 from our first drive event in Lisbon, Portugal.

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