Between 2003 and 2006, BMW offered the e46 330i with an optional ZHP Performance Package that added a M-Tech body kit, a long list of track-inspired suspension upgrades and special cams that bumped the engine’s output to 235 horsepower while raising its redline. All told, the 330i ZHP was as close to a four-door M3 as you could get in the mid-2000s.
BMW is paying homage to the ZHP nameplate by introducing a limited-edition version of the 435i appropriately dubbed ZHP Edition. Offered exclusively in Alpine White and Black Sapphire Metallic, it gains a Performance Aerodynamics Package that adds a front splitter and a rear spoiler both made out of carbon fiber, an air diffuser integrated into the rear bumper and flat black trim on both ends.
Notably, the ZHP Edition inaugurates a new Track Handling Package that will gradually trickle down to other versions of the 4 Series. It bundles 18-inch V-spoke alloy wheels, M Sport brakes with four-piston calipers up front and twin-piston units out back, an Adaptive M suspension and a variable sports steering system.
More updates are found under the hood, where the 435i’s 3.0-liter straight-six engine has been massaged to deliver 335 horsepower – 35 more than stock – and up to 332 foot-pounds of torque. As a result, the ZHP Edition is 0.2 seconds faster to 60 mph than the stock 435i and a full half a second quicker from 50 to 70 mph.
Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic unit controlled by shift paddles. A mechanical limited-slip differential comes standard regardless of how many pedals the ZHP is ordered with.
Limited to just 100 units, the 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Edition will be available this summer through a carefully-selected group of dealers. Pricing information and availability will be published in the weeks leading up to the coupe’s on-sale date.
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