The brand-new 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster has officially showed its face at this year’s Monterey Car Week. It looks quite excellent.

The new convertible has a 50:50 axle load distribution. The version unveiled today is the Z4 M40i First Edition, which, following BMW’s whacko nomenclature system, leads us to believe that it has the wonderful 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six motor, however BMW hasn’t confirmed this.

All BMW has told us at this point is that the car has a straight-six that’s good for 340 horsepower. Zero to 62 mph happens in a claimed 4.6 seconds. Further details about additional engine variants will be revealed in September. We expect official pricing information to follow then as well. A turbo four-cylinder base model version is also said to be on the way, but BMW has not released any power specs for that one yet.

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I’m not the hugest fan of roadsters myself, but I’m thrilled that BMW didn’t kill off the Z line. We need more sporty roadsters, and if BMW offers the Z4 with a manual, then we will truly gain something fun and valuable to the market.

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