BMW Z4 M40i is now available as a manual

31st January 2024
Russell Campbell

The BMW Z4 has been updated for 2024 and gains a manual gearbox option. The manual comes as part of the Handschalter Pack available on the M40i. It includes retuned suspension and lightweight alloy wheels to make the BMW more appealing to enthusiasts who may have previously treated the Porsche Boxster as their default choice.


As the 340PS (250kW) six-cylinder M40i already accounts for 30 per cent of Z4 sales globally, adding a manual gearbox should broaden its appeal. According to BMW, it’s been developed exclusively for the Z4, although the mechanically identical Toyota Supra is already available as a manual.

Even without an automatic, the M40i storms from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds – just a tenth slower than the auto – and on to a 155mph limited top speed.


The chassis has also been updated, with the Handschalter Pack adding new springs and uprated anti-roll bar units. Meanwhile, the electronically controlled dampers, variable-rate steering, stability control and electronically controlled limited-slip differential get updated software.

The Handschalter Pack also brings visual enhancements. Pack-equipped Z4s get staggered wheels – 19-inch rims at the front, 20s at the rear – M High-gloss Shadowline trim and badging, high-gloss black mirrors and red brake calipers. We’d also strongly encourage you to go for the model’s unique Frozen Deep Green paint.


Changes aren’t limited to the outside; inside, the Handschalter Pack adds Vernasca leather trim in Cognac with black M piping and, of course, an M Sport gear shifter.

Priced from £60,675 with first deliveries in the spring, the enthusiasts’ Z4 looks like reasonable value next to the £57,295 you’ll pay for a standard M40i.

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