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New BMW Z4 Roadster arrives in Bahrain.

Byline: Manama

The new BMW Z4, a modern interpretation of the classic roadster design, has made its arrival in Bahrain after a global debut at the Detroit Motor Show early 2009.

The new BMW Roadster was recently launched at Euro Motors, the exclusive importer of BMW in Bahrain, by BMW F1 Sauber team drivers: Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica and Christian Klien who competed in the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.

The BMW Z4 offers the complete driving pleasure of a BMW Roadster with a seating position moved close to the rear axle, rear-wheel drive and an automatically retractable hardtop.

With a mere 20 seconds separating the thrill of open-air driving with the roof down and the comfort of a sporting coupE[umlaut] with the hard top closed, the BMW Z4 offers the ultimate in diversity and sheer driving pleasure in this premium motoring segment.

"The BMW Z4 is an authentic roadster: sporty, stylish and like any BMW, a pleasure to drive. We are delighted to be able to offer our customers an even more exciting and exclusive motoring experience," said Paul Yates, general manager, Euro Motors.

"The design elements of the new BMW Z4 Roadster have already been recognised internationally, having won a prestigious red dot award, the largest and most renowned design competition in the world," he added.

"We are confident that our clientele in Bahrain will also recognise and appreciate the inherent beauty and performance of this exceptional car."

The aluminum shells of the two-piece lightweight hardtop come to rest in the roof compartment, retracting in just 20 seconds and saving maximum space in the process.

Head and elbow room as well as the degree of comfort in entering the car have been significantly enhanced, while the low seating position near the rear axle guarantees a driving experience typical of a BMW Roadster.

The most sporting and dynamic version of the new BMW Z4 comes with the world's first straight-six power unit to feature twin turbo technology, high precision injection with direct injection of fuel.

The top model is also available with sports automatic featuring seven gears and double-clutch transmission.

To ensure passionate driving pleasure at all times, the new BMW Z4 comes with a range of three straight-six power units: 306 hp in the BMW Z4 sDrive35i, 258 hp in the BMW Z4 sDrive30i, and 204 hp in the BMW Z4 sDrive23i ensure truly outstanding performance and dynamic acceleration at all times.

The sport roadster's top speed is 250 km/hr (155 mph).

Comprehensive use of BMW efficient dynamics technologies ensures an unparalleled balance of driving pleasure and fuel economy. Efficient dynamics is BMW Group's robust strategy encompassing many technology innovations to offer outstanding performance and a reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The BMW Z4 features dynamic drive control as standard, acting on various parameters and influencing the overall set-up of the car, as well as the gearshift characteristics in sports automatic.

In the Sport and Sport+ modes, this ensures significantly more powerful acceleration with an even faster gearshift, gears being shifted by closing the clutch even faster than before, with sporting feedback going straight to the driver.

The BMW Z4 allows the driver to select a mode of driving from comfort to sportier settings.

BMW's revolutionary iDrive system is now available for the first time as an option on the BMW Roadster, coming together with the optional professional navigation system. In the new BMW Z4 the iDrive control system, enhanced to an even higher level of technology, serves to activate and mastermind all entertainment, information, navigation and telecommunication functions.

The system itself is made up of a controller on the centre console and a folding, high-resolution control display on the instrument panel, allowing the driver to intuitively and safely mastermind all available functions through standardised movements of the controller.

The new BMW Z4 Roadster meets the highest safety standards, including a comprehensive safety concept with extremely stiff body structures, defined load paths, specific use of high-strength steel and special deformation elements.

Head and thorax airbags are integrated at the front and sides, and in the seat backrests, while three-point inertia-reel seat belts come equipped with new belt tightening technology, and reinforced A-pillars and roll bars behind the headrests ensure uncompromising standards of safety.

The new BMW Z4 is now available from Euro Motors in Bahrain. -- TradeArabia News Service

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