Woodcliff Lake, NJ -The BMW M Roadster returns to the stable of BMW M products for the 2006 model year. This time it is based on the newly updated BMW Z4 Roadster. The Z4 Roadster receives a number of enhancements for 2006, not the least of which are the latest Valvetronic, magnesium/aluminum inline six cylinder engines. The Z4 Coupe Concept embodies the classic values of the BMW brand, and serves as the inspiration for the recently-announced Z4 Coupe and M Coupe production versions. BMW's Active Hybrid Drive Concept, along with other examples of BMW's advanced Efficient Dynamics technology will also be shown.

The new BMW M Roadster and Update Z4 Roadster

The car that so many enthusiasts have been asking for, the 2006 BMW M Roadster makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show, alongside the 2006 Z4 Roadster. The M Roadster arrives in US showrooms this spring with an MSRP of $51,995 including destination and handling. The 2006 Z4 Roadster line-up will consist of the Z4 3.0i at US $36,295 MSRP, and the Z4 3.0si, at an MSRP of US $42,795.

At the heart of the new M Roadster is BMW M's award winning 3.2-liter, in-line six cylinder engine. With its high-speed concept, this engine works through a six-speed manual transmission to provide exhilarating performance in all speed ranges. As in the BMW M3, this engine features dual overhead cams, double-VANOS variable valve timing, and six individual throttle plates. This normally aspirated engine generates more than 100 hp per liter. On the road, this means 0 - 60 in less than five seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. The M Roadster features the speed-sensitive variable M differential lock, already well-proven and admired in the M3. It provides outstanding stability and traction, particularly when accelerating out of bends. To maximize its braking capabilities, the new M Roadster uses BMW M's floating compound high performance braking system included in the M3 Competition Package. With weight-saving aluminum hubs and steel cross-drilled discs, this system minimizes the risk of warping under hard use.

Specifications:

Engine Type: Inline-6
Displacement: 3246 cc
Power: 343 hp @ 7900 rpm