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      09-12-2018, 03:35 PM   #1
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Watch the New BMW Z4 Run a 7:55 Lap of the Nurburgring

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In testing by German magazine Sport Auto, the new Z4 laps the famous Nordschleife quicker than a BMW M2.

In a world where sub-seven-minute Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times are shockingly common, a 7:55.41 run seems at first like it wouldn't be newsworthy. That's what the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i did when tested by Germany's Sport Auto magazine, and you know what? We think it's worth talking about.

The raft of cars that have lapped the 'Ring below the seven-minute mark skews our perspective as enthusiasts. Going under eight minutes is still damn impressive, especially for a sporty roadster—not a full-on, mega-powerful M car. Consider, too, that the beloved BMW M2 ran a 7:58 when it was launched in 2015. This seems like considerable progress, at least to us.

And just for fun, I'd like to point out that the new Z4 lapped the 'Ring quicker than the original Porsche 911 GT3, which, in 1999, was the first road car to break the eight-minute barrier, notching a 7:56 in the hands of racing legend Walter Röhrl. Yes, that was nearly 20 years ago, but it's still a testament to the remarkable progress made in the performance-car world. The 996 GT3 was a road-going race car; the Z4 is a luxury drop-top. The fact that they run neck-and-neck on the most challenging track on earth is impressive.

Watching onboard footage of the lap, with Sport Auto journalist Christian Gebhardt at the wheel, we can't wait to have a go in the Z4 ourselves. And have we told you that it shares a platform with the upcoming Toyota Supra?
https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-car...ring-lap-time/

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So this is the Euro version with the particulate filter and detuned 340hp?
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So this is the Euro version with the particulate filter and detuned 340hp?
I believe so, the video said 340ps.
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The 0-60 time is 4.6 seconds, which is the Euro spec. BMW USA has said the North American spec will do it in "under 4.4 seconds".
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Good lap time. 3sec faster than the M2....

But still quite a long way to go to match a TT RS or Cayman S (both those lap records are set by the same driver btw)
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Interesting. EU Alex car I assume (this 330hp with PPF).

Thanks for posting.
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And they still won't produce an actual z4m
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The 0-60 time is 4.6 seconds, which is the Euro spec. BMW USA has said the North American spec will do it in "under 4.4 seconds".
Hahahah sure. its what they told you. Remember how all US cars are detuned, w plastic lights. M3 EVo never made it.

What I can see happen is raised suspension, softer shocks and plastic lights, bench seats.
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The 0-60 time is 4.6 seconds, which is the Euro spec. BMW USA has said the North American spec will do it in "under 4.4 seconds".
4.6sec is 0-100km/h not 0-60mph, according bmw.de.
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Good lap time. 3sec faster than the M2....

But still quite a long way to go to match a TT RS or Cayman S (both those lap records are set by the same driver btw)
Not that Ring times are the end all, be all measure of driver enjoyment, but how does it compare to a TT S convertible? I'll hold off comparing to a TT RS convertible until BMW makes a Z4 M, if they ever do.
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Tires.
This. And lol @ comparing a 996 GT3's time on 20 year old tire technology to 2018. Put PS4S on the GT3 and it will absolutely, unapologetically, unequivocally devour the Z4.

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Right. With the z4 come with RFTs?
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Right. With the z4 come with RFTs?
Don't knock RFTs. This is what came as factory RFTs on MY car.



Zero. Pressure. Run-flats. This FACTORY equipped, OEM run-flats allowed my car to post a similar lap time as a Corvette C6 ZR1, despite being down ~180 hp.

In the hands of a professional test driver, of course. I wouldn't even come close.
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This. And lol @ comparing a 996 GT3's time on 20 year old tire technology to 2018. Put PS4S on the GT3 and it will absolutely, unapologetically, unequivocally devour the Z4.

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But hey, OP, thanks for posting. I love these Nurburgring videos.
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The 0-60 time is 4.6 seconds, which is the Euro spec. BMW USA has said the North American spec will do it in "under 4.4 seconds".
4.6sec is 0-100km/h not 0-60mph, according bmw.de.
That's 62 mph so 4.4 seems about right

He runs a very nice lap.
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What was M3/M4 lap time?
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Slower than Civic Type R 300x HP :
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Slower than Civic Type R 300x HP :
Nope, Z4 is 6sec quicker. Sport Auto did a 8:01 with a stock Civic Type R. The quicker Type R factory time was done with semi-slicks, infotainment and rear seats removed.
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Slower than Civic Type R 300x HP :
*Cough* TIRES *cough*

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The record-setting Type R was also outfitted with street-legal track focused tires. Honda declined to specify the actual tires used.
https://jalopnik.com/the-2018-honda-...riv-1794588992

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Guys, this is why comparing Nurburgring times today is MEANINGLESS. The production car track record set by Porsche 911 GT3 RS? Special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires formulated JUST for setting a single lap track record for Porsche.

I attended BMW's Ultimate Driving Experience a month ago, and guess what every single one of the car on the lot is shod with?

Michelin Pilot Sport 4.

Every. Single. One.

You think PS4s were standard issue tires on all the 530Es? Hardly.

They shod the Z4 M40i given to the test with the latest and greatest street-street tires Michelin makes, period. The Pilot Super Sports were already faster than R-Comps of yesteryear. The PS4s are even BETTER than the Super Sports.

Look. I took my car shod with factory fun-flats to a local track for some shake down laps, as I am fond to do for ALL my cars. In some of the turns it sustained 1.6G without me pushing the car. One. Point. Six. Gees. Let that sink in. Formula One race cars on race slicks in 199xs were pulling 1.6Gs in turns. Now cars with FACTORY FUN-FLATS pull sustained 1.6G in high speed turns.

Let that sink in. Really. These times are meaningless, as I am almost CERTAIN you slap on a set of MY factory fun flats in the right size on my old school MZ4 Coupe and you can watch it churn laps in the 7:5x range too. Nurburgring time has now become basically car manufacturer's d*ck waving contest, but instead of who REALLY has the biggest d*ck, it's who's got the best pharmacist (Michelin) that can provide the best Viagra like substance.

TAAAAYYYYYEEEEERRRRRSSSS!
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