For the first time, the 2024 BMW Z4 will offer a manual gearbox.
Only the six-cylinder M40i cars will be able to get the six-speed transmission, which is part of a bigger performance package.
The gearbox is the same as the one in the Toyota GR Supra, but the linkages and bushings are tuned differently in each car.
The 2024 BMW Z4 will have a manual gearbox again, after a long time without one. A year ago, Toyota gave in to public pressure and added a six-speed manual transmission to the closely similar GR Supra for the 2023 model year.
When it comes to the Supra, both cars share the same transmission, but BMW says that each has differently tuned connections and bushings. Something else the Z4 and the Supra have in common? As BMW calls it, the 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine version will be the only one that comes with the manual. Those of you who wanted to pair the base turbo-four with three wheels were out of luck.
The transmission will be a part of a bigger set of options. There are times when getting a three-pedal setup is free, but in the Z4, it will probably cost around $3500. BMW thought that if you wanted a manual, you would also want a faster Z4.
The package comes with the M differential that is automatically controlled and comes with all M40i Z4s. The steering has also been tweaked to give the driver more input, and the adaptive dampers have been set up better for driving more aggressively. With 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheels in the back, the manual version also has wheels that are spaced out. We just drove a test of a Z4 with those features, so read our review to see what we thought of the ride.
BMW says that there will not be a limited number of the manual Z4. The company that makes them plans to make as many as people want to buy. By the first quarter of 2024, BMW says the first Z4s with manual transmissions should be on the market.