BMW Z4 M35i set to join facelifted range

BMW Z4 LCI spied

Autocar brings word that the facelifted BMW Z4 is expected to get the M Performance Automobiles treatment, in addition to the cosmetic makeover from the styling team.

That means we should start getting used to the Z4 M35i badge. If nothing else, it’s less convoluted than the current range topping Z4, the sDrive35is. Given the basic numbers of the sDrive35is currently match the fantastic 1M, namely 250kW/450Nm, we’re left wondering what BMW could have in store for the M35i.

With its first petrol powered M Performance model, the M135i, BMW has tuned the N55 3.0 litre turbocharged six to 225kW/450Nm. The same powerplant set for use in the M351. Yet, it stands to reason that any model wearing an M badge, even if it’s M-lite, must have more power than any model in its range that has gone before it. But can an M-lite Z4 have more performance, on paper, than the mighty 1M? Or will M-sourced suspension tuning and cosmetic enhancements be enough?

We think we know the true answer to those questions but we rather expect BMW’s marketing team will be in overdrive explaining why an M badged Z4 is better than the sDrive35is, when they both have the same on-paper spec.

The facelifted Z4 is due for release at the Detroit Auto Show in January next year. So, we’ll definitely have an answer to our questions then, if not before.

[Source: Autocar | Pic: CarPix]