The 2025 BMW Z4 M40i finally gets a manual gearbox, but it’ll cost you

The 2025 BMW Z4 M40i finally gets a manual gearbox, but it’ll cost you

The manual will be part of the “Handschalter” package, which is a $3,500 option, but also adds unique body tuning, staggered wheels and exclusive colors.

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    The 2025 BMW Z4 M40i finally gets a manual gearbox, but it'll cost you

by Sam D. Smith

6 hours ago

    The 2025 BMW Z4 M40i finally gets a manual gearbox, but it'll cost you

BMW has finally relented, and with the 2025 Z4 M40i, it will finally bring a manual gearbox to the table. The six-speed transmission will be available worldwide from March 2024, and will be offered to North American customers as well. With the “Handschalter” package (yes, that’s German for “manual transmission”), owners will be treated to other unique items, including different suspension settings, wheels, paint colors, and interior trim.

They say it’s better late than never, and for fans of your own gearbox choice, the manual Z4 has taken its sweet time to come to fruition – five years after the G29 Z4 debuted and two years after Toyota introduced its BMW Supra cousin.

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    The 2025 BMW Z4 M40i finally gets a manual gearbox, but it'll cost you

As you’d expect, the manual gearbox is slower to accelerate than the eight-speed automatic. But with the manual accelerating to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds versus the car’s 3.9 seconds, we doubt anyone will complain.

Top speed remains limited to 155 mph (249 km/h) from the 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Power and torque remain the same too, with the Z4 M40i producing 382 PS (387 PS / 285 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) respectively.

But BMW is making a lot of noise about how its engineering team has made sure this transmission is a perfect fit for the Z4, providing the “mechanical feel praised in BMW brochures”, with M-specific parts used in its construction – explain it on The company clarifies that this is not a copy of the Supra manual box.

However, gone are the days when an automatic box was the more expensive option. Now, to have the privilege of specifying what equipment the new Z4 uses, you’ll have to pay an additional $3,500. Additionally, it will only be available on the six-cylinder M40i model. The entry-level Z4 sDrive30i will remain automatic in North America only.

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    The 2025 BMW Z4 M40i finally gets a manual gearbox, but it'll cost you

However, at least you get more than just a manual transmission for your money. Those who opt for the Z4’s six-speed manual transmission will get unique chassis tuning as a bonus for choosing three pedals over two. This includes model-specific programming for the traction control and differential, unique front and rear assist springs, a reinforced anti-roll bar clamp, a reshaped damper and sport steering settings.

On both the visual and performance side, selecting the manual gearbox option will also add staggered trim, a first for a Z4. The two-tone M-light alloys measure 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear, which should have a noticeable impact on the car’s handling.

Owning a 2025 BMW Z4 M40i with handschalter also gives you access to a selection of metallic paints at no additional cost. San Remo Green and Frozen Deep Green metallic paint options will only be available for the six-speed manual, the latter priced at $2,950. The paintwork is complemented by red brake calipers and an extended shadow line – in other words, high-gloss black decorative accents.

Finally, the Manual package includes an interior upgrade, with the ability to ditch the Sensatec faux leather for real Vernasca cowhide at no additional cost. There are five colors to choose from, plus the option of Alcantara and leather.

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