BMW’s two-seater is getting a mild overhaul for the 2023 model year. The updated Z4 receives some subtle visual tweaks, three new exterior finishes and some nip-and-tuck adjustments to its trim structure. Unsurprisingly, these are accompanied by a price increase (albeit a reasonably modest one) for both trims.
Power output stays the same, with two models to choose from: the sDrive30i and the M40i. The former sports a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine pushing out the same 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque for a 0–60 mph (0–96 km/h) time of 5.2 seconds. The M40i in turn sticks with the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six with 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and can make the 0–60 mph (0–96 km/h) sprint in 4.4 seconds, while both models are limited to a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). In both cases, power is transferred to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic.
The visual aspect of the mid-cycle refresh takes the form of a revised M Sport package, which is now standard for the Z4 sDrive30i trim. The kit comes with new three-section air intakes in the front bumper as seen in other recent BMW M models. Similar touches can be seen at the back, while from the side, new and more contoured side sills are present. The side air intakes also feature a new design, while a set of optional 19-inch M wheels designed exclusively for the roadster complete the visual changes.
On the interior, it is mostly unchanged, save for a few minor details. As mentioned, the M Sport Package is standard on the sDrive30i, which introduces M Sport seats and pedals, an M leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a SensaTec (faux leather) dashboard. Aside from that, not much has changed – sadly, the two engine options haven’t seen an increase in power.
Strangely, BMW makes no mention of an updated infotainment system.