The new BMW Z4 roadster has finally been revealed, with the M40i derivative making its debut in “First Edition” guise at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The production version of the open-top two-seater was unveiled at exactly the same location that served as the stage for the debut of the concept in 2017.

BMW says the new model features a low centre of gravity, “perfectly balanced” axle load distribution, wide tracks and a compact wheelbase.

The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition is a limited-edition version of the new roadster, and comes finished in Frozen Orange metallic exterior paint.

It is powered by the Munich-based brand’s turbocharged 3,0-litre straight-six petrol engine, which boasts a peak power output of 250 kW. This M Performance model takes a claimed 4,6 seconds to sprint from a zero to 100 km/h and also features sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, an M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport differential in the rear axle transmission.

This new model’s electrically operated soft-top comes finished in anthracite with a silver effect. The BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line package, black side-mirror caps and two-tone 19-inch light alloy wheels are also standard on the First Edition model.

Inside, you’ll find Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching, electrically adjustable seats (with a memory function) and a Harman Kardon surround sound system. Adaptive LED headlamps (with matrix function for the high beam) and a head-up display featured are also included.

Interestingly, BMW describes the Z4 M40i First Edition’s premiere as an “exclusive and fascinating foretaste of the forthcoming on-road debut” of the new roadster, adding that it “will announce all details of further engine variants, technical innovations and the diverse equipment features in the third week of September, ahead of a show debut in Paris.

The new Z4 is expected to arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2019.