World premiere of BMW Z4 M Coupé and the BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si at Geneva

World premiere of BMW Z4 M Coupé and the BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si at Geneva  
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on 02/21/2006


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The BMW Group is once again celebrating a great premiere at this year’s Geneva Motor Show: Launching the BMW Z4 M Coupé and the BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si, BMW is presenting no less than two genuinely sporting and dynamic cars to the world public for the first time at the 76th Geneva Show.

At the same time this special event so rich in tradition is again setting the stage for the BMW Z4 Roadster and the BMW Z4 M Roadster following their world debut just a short time ago at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The third world premiere is the presentation of the BMW 320si coming in a special limited edition and serving as the base car for the racing model to be entered in the 2006 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

The first major European car show in the year also marks the presentation of numerous innovations in technology: From 2–12 March 2006, visitors from all over the world will be able to see how BMW can successfully overcome and eliminate the apparent contradiction in terms between dynamic performance and superior fuel economy. For apart from extremely efficient gasoline and diesel engines already built in series production, BMW is also presenting some brand-new, cutting-edge developments in engine technology in Geneva.

Indeed, one of BMW’s world debuts at this year’s Geneva Show is the first straight-six power unit with biturbo technology, high-precision direct gasoline injection, and an all-aluminium crankcase. This highly innovative power unit combines exceptional power and performance with a standard of economy never seen before on an engine of this calibre and with this technology, making the new power unit a particularly fascinating example of efficient dynamics.

The new turbocharged engine once again extends and broadens BMW’s range of outstanding drive units which, through its diversity and supreme technical standard, has fascinated both customers and experts alike time and again.

BMW is also presenting the latest engines in all of the Company’s power and performance classes in Geneva, among them several power units lauded only recently by the “Engine of the Year Award”.

The Highlights at a Glance:

... World debut: the new BMW Z4 M Coupé.
Particularly this uncompromising Sports Coupé from BMW M GmbH will appeal to the really sporting, ambitious driver. Through its 3.2-litre straight-six power unit alone (252 kW/343 hp, 365 Nm/269lb-ft), this new model guarantees exceptional performance and supreme driving pleasure all in one. Accelerating to a maximum speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph, this supreme sports car with its high-performance chassis and suspension completes the sprint from 0–100 km/h in just 5.0 seconds.

... World debut: the new BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si.
This two-seater with its classic coupé silhouette and 195 kW/265 hp straight-six power unit combined with a truly supreme chassis and suspension offers dynamism and agility of the highest standard. And despite its sporting qualities (0–100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, top speed 250 km/h or 155 mph), the BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si requires just 8.6 litres/100 km in the composite EU cycle, equal to 32.8 mpg Imp.

... BMW Z4 M Roadster: driving pleasure at its best with only the sky above.
The 3.2-litre straight-six (252 kW/343 hp, 365 Nm/269 lb-ft) rocketing this two-seater to 100 km/h in just 5.0 seconds guarantees open-air driving pleasure of the highest calibre. And at the same time the BMW Z4 M Roadster gives the driver truly unique handling in every respect. From the outside this outstanding model is clearly distinguishable above all by its front air dam with huge air intake scoops and bi-xenon headlights, the individual design of its 18-inch wheels, and the rear end in typical BMW M style with no less than four tailpipes.

... BMW Z4 Roadster: new engines and refinements in design.
The attractive BMW Z4 Roadster featured in Geneva comes with discreet refinements in its design and looks as well as innovative engines covering the entire range from 110 kW/150 hp (BMW Z4 Roadster 2.0i) to 195 kW/265 hp (BMW Z4 Roadster 3.0si) as new highlights in the 2006 open-air season.

... World debut: the new BMW 320si.
Available in a Limited Edition of just 2,600 units, this special version of the BMW 3 Series Sedan features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder power unit developing maximum output of 127 kW/173 hp at 7,000 rpm. Further special features are the M Sports Package and 18-inch wheels in the design of the WTCC racing version. Top speed is 225 km/h or 140 mph, with acceleration to 100 km/h in this motorsport-based Sports Sedan coming in just 8.1 seconds. The BMW 320si is the base car for the competition model to be raced in the 2006 WTCC Series.

... World debut: the new straight-six turbo engine.
Even more dynamic, even more efficient: BMW is proudly presenting the first straight-six power unit with bi-turbo technology, high-precision fuel injection, and an all-aluminium crankcase. This innovative engine with maximum output of 225 kW/306 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm/295 lb-ft combines supreme power and performance with all-round up-to-date economy and leaves the former weaknesses of turbocharger technology far behind. Already developed to production standard, this new power unit is being presented to the world public in Geneva for the first time.

... Prize-winning: BMW’s engine range.
BMW is presenting its entire range of engines at the Geneva Motor Show, thus clearly substantiating the Company’s supreme innovative power also in the area of engine technology. Visitors will be able to admire both gasoline and diesel engines in all classes, among them the latest winners of the Engine of the Year Award.

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