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The Pure Impulse Edition BMW Z4 M40 has beefy roadster proportions with M-specific design features; two seats and a soft-top roof; a free-revving twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder in-line engine and power at the rear wheels - and a new key attraction is the addition of a manual gearbox. The history of roadsters from BMW is closely intertwined with a passion for sporty driving pleasure and plentiful success on the race track. It stretches back to the company’s early days as a carmaker and endures in modern form in the shape of the BMW Z4. A six-cylinder in-line engine, manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive also defined the driving experience in the BMW 328, which capped its debut public appearance in 1936 with victory in the Eifelrennen race at the Nürburgring. In more recent times, updated versions of this same powertrain arrangement have also made frequent appearances in the brand’s roadsters. This is true of both the BMW Z1, which was unveiled in 1987 after being developed as an innovation testbed by BMW Technik, and the BMW Z3 presented in 1995. The first two model generations of the BMW Z4 also embraced the same recipe for delivering exhilarating driving pleasure under open skies. The pairing of a straight-6 engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox was previously reserved for the high-performance sports cars from BMW M, it is now available in the lower BMW M Performance model with the arrival of the BMW Z4 M40i Pure Impulse edition. The 3.0-litre unit in the BMW Z4 M40i with the latest M TwinPower Turbo technology also includes a forged crankshaft, weight-optimised pistons and a water-cooled exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head. The package of drive unit technologies also comprises High Precision Injection operating at pressures up to 350 bar, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing. With 250 kW and a torque rating of 500 Nm. Making this manual transmission special, it features M-specific components for the gear set and shafts that have been modified for the straight-six engine’s output. The outer shift mechanism, comprising the shift lever, its guide and the connection to the transmission, has been custom-made for the Pure Impulse and delivers the unrivalled shift feel for which BMW models are renowned. When power is relayed via the 6-speed manual, the turbocharged 6-cylinder propels the BMW Z4 M40i to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds - decent because the 8-speed auto does it in 4.5 seconds. Although by default the Steptronic Sport will select the gears automatically, it also lets the driver control gear selection manually via steering-mounted shift paddles.

The Pure Impulse edition also adds individual design features to the exterior to give the roadster a sharper look with three-section air intakes in the front apron, individually styled side skirts and a rear apron with highly distinctive side surrounds. 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design are standard equipment and M Sport suspension, variable sport steering and M Sport brakes are included and the M Sport diff is an option. The M High-gloss Shadowline trim with extended features also incorporates the exclusive model badging on the front side panels and the vehicle’s rear end – as well as the exterior mirror caps painted in Black high-gloss, specially designed flaps for streamlining the airflow in the area around the rear wheel arches and red brake callipers for the M Sport brakes. New exterior colours also form part of the Pure Impulse selling points, European markets have a Frozen Deep Green metallic finish, while models destined for the USA sport the Sanremo Green metallic body colour. Further exterior paint finishes from the usual range of colours for the BMW Z4 can be selected as an alternative to the new variants. Inside the Pure Impulse edition, there’s a driver-centric cockpit design with sports seats with integral head restraints and also M-specific design features for the interior supplemented by several exclusive details. For instance, there is an M gearshift lever with the model-specific sleeve on the centre console that is used to control the special-edition model’s 6-speed manual gearbox. The Vernasca leather trim in Cognac with black M piping is exclusive to the BMW Z4 M40i Pure Impulse and is complemented by interior trim strips in Black high-gloss. There’s a BMW iDrive display, BMW Live Cockpit Professional fitted as standard with a fully digital instrument cluster with customisable graphics and a control display with touchscreen operation – both with a 10.25-inch screen. The regular Hi-Fi speaker system is fitted as standard, while the banging 12-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound System can be added as an option. The soft-top roof of the BMW Z4 is also available in an Anthracite Silver effect finish as an alternative to the standard black colour for all model variants. The Frozen Deep Green metallic paint is reserved for the top-of-the-range versions of the roadster, and it’s great.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the new dimensions and lines of this cool special edition BMW Z4 that gets a few cool upgrades along with some M Performance bits, special paint and a new manual transmission option: Unveiling the Thrill: BMW Z4 M40i Pure Impulse Edition - A Closer Look at the 2024 Roadster! | Montoran

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