The 2023 BMW Z4 has just been unveiled, giving a bit of freshness to the now four-year-old roadster that shares the same fundamentals with the Toyota GR Supra. However, compared to BMW’s recent mid-cycle facelifts, this one is so subtle, it’ll be easy for you to miss what’s new.
From the outside, the 2023 BMW Z4 now comes with a new mesh grille design across all variants. This replaces the 3D pattern of the outgoing model, and it’s also worth noting that all variants now come with the M Sport package as standard. Yes, even the sDrive30i with its four-cylinder engine now has a similarly sporty look as the M40i.
Other changes include redesigned side air intakes, a new (albeit optional) M Shadowline pack that gives the LED headlights a darkened finish, and new 19-inch black alloy wheels with a diamond edge for the M40i variant. Three new colors also make their debut in the 2023 Z4, namely Thundernight (as shown, which debuted in the 2 Series), Portimao Blue, and Skyscraper Grey.
Interior changes for the 2023 BMW Z4 are even more restrained as these are simply limited to new interior trims. This is mostly due to the fact that as mentioned, the M Sport package is now standard even in the base sDrive30i. Therefore, the M Sport stuff like the sports steering wheel, sports seats, M door sill plates, and M carpeting are now offered across the range. The Z4 continues to be powered by the previous generation iDrive 7, which means it doesn’t get the dual curved screens of iDrive 8 that’s in the iX, all-new 7 Series, facelifted 3 Series, and facelifted X7.
Two engine choices are offered for the Z4, and these are unchanged for this year. The sDrive30i comes with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that produces 255 hp and 400 Nm of torque, good enough for a 0-100 kph time of 5.3 seconds. The M40i with its 3.0-liter inline-six produces 382 hp and 500 Nm of torque, letting the Z4 sprint from 0-100 kph in just 4.5 seconds. Both have a 250 kph top speed and are equipped with an 8-speed automatic that drives the rear wheels.
The 2023 BMW Z4 is heading to North American and European showrooms later this year, while a Philippine launch will most likely happen in the first or second quarter of 2023.