The plethora of classic collector cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is enough to capture and keep enthusiasts interest throughout the entire week. As if more excitement was necessary, two manufacturers also chose this time to announce redesigns to some of their more popular platforms.
The BMW Z Roadster dates back 30 years now. BMW had promised an upcoming redesign – and they delivered. The Z4’s classic design seems to have been significantly modernized for the 2019 model year, taking cues from the prior year’s concept car.
The two-seater has received overall updates to its aesthetic presence, along with an even more sporty feeling for the driver with a central seating position, lower center of gravity, and perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
The 2019’s body lines are similar to those of its predecessor, but with a few subtle updates. Vertically stacked headlights compliment the car’s legendary classic front kidney grilles, while new large air vents are added to the front wheel arches and a ducktail spoiler is integrated into the rear deck lid.
In addition to a freshly designed base Z4, BMW also unveiled a “Z4 M40i First Edition,” featuring plenty of M-Performance goodies. A fresh take on the iconic 3.0-liter inline-6 sits under the hood, and is said to produce 340 horsepower and an impressive 0-to-60 time of under 4.4 seconds. When paired with M-tuned suspension, EDC, an M-sport braking system, and an electronically controlled M-sport rear diff, we are sure this thing is a total blast to drive.
Inside, the car is fitted with the amenities you would expect out of an “M” trim level, with Vernasca black leather trim, memory seats, adaptive LED headlights, and (our favorite) Harman Kardon Surround Sound System. The heads-up display will also be featured, for the first time ever in the BMW roadster.
More details on the upcoming Z cars are to be announced in late September. The 2019 Z4 30i will arrive in Spring 2019, while the M40i and the First Edition will be arriving in the second quarter.
Acura has redesigned what they call their “budget friendly supercar,” the NSX, with new design cues, chassis upgrades, and some new color combinations (that we love!).
The most obvious of the changes are the new exterior paint colors, as they are what caught our eye first. An awesome brand new “Thermal Orange Pearl” premium paint option joins the NSX’s tradition of paint lineup names inspired by motorsport venues. There are now also options for the carbon ceramic metallic (CCM) brakes to be fitted with the same orange colored calipers, and the standard iron brakes to be fitted with red calipers.
The vehicle’s front grille garnish (previously silver) is now color-matched to the body, while the front grille surround, intake mesh, and rear bumper mesh are now high-gloss. The carbon-fiber deck-lid spoiler as well as the rest of the carbon exterior pieces are also now fitted with high-gloss finishes. There are also more colors available in the interior — with options of Indigo blue leather and Alcantara seats, full leather power seats in red, and lightweight manual seats in Black Milano leather and Alcantara.
The same chassis is returning for the 2019 model year, but with a few upgrades in store, significantly improving the balance and controllability of the vehicle at its limit. It features larger stabilizer bars, 21-percent stiffer rear toe-link bushings, a 6-percent increase in rear hub rigidity, software updates, and brand new Continental SportContact 6 tires specifically designed for the 2019 NSX.
Its Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit consists of a twin-turbocharged, mid‑mounted-V6 engine pushing 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a 9-speed DCT (Automatic/Dual Clutch Transmission). The twin-motor unit continuously changes torque distribution throughout the vehicle’s front two wheels, greatly enhancing handling and hard cornering.
For 2019, the price tag has increased over $1,500, to a starting price of $157,500. But, multiple add-on options now will come standard –totaling over $4,700. Deliveries of the 2019 model year will begin in October.