After a prolonged absence, the 2024 BMW Z4 is set to reintroduce the manual transmission, following Toyota’s decision to respond to public demand and provide a six-speed manual option for the closely related GR Supra in the 2023 model year.
In terms of the transmission itself, both the Z4 and Supra will share it, but BMW notes that each car will feature uniquely tuned linkages and bushings. Similarly, the manual transmission will exclusively accompany the 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine variant known as the M40i in the Z4. Unfortunately, enthusiasts hoping to pair the base turbo-four with a manual gearbox are out of luck.
This manual transmission will be bundled into a comprehensive option package. While opting for a three-pedal setup is occasionally offered at no additional cost, it is anticipated to come with a price tag of around $3500 in the Z4. BMW’s reasoning behind this cost is the assumption that those desiring a manual transmission are likely to prefer a sportier Z4.
The package encompasses the electronically controlled M differential, standard on all M40i Z4s. Additionally, the steering undergoes a retuning process to enhance driver feedback, and the adaptive dampers are optimized for more spirited driving.
The manual version also boasts a staggered wheel setup, featuring 19-inch wheels at the front and 20-inch wheels at the rear. We recently had the opportunity to drive a prototype of the Z4 equipped with these features, and our detailed review provides insights into the driving experience.
BMW assures enthusiasts that the manual Z4 won’t be a limited-run offering; rather, the manufacturer plans to produce as many as there is demand for. The initial batch of manual Z4s is slated to commence production in the first quarter of 2024, according to BMW.