BMW has one of the deepest factory-approved performance catalogs in the car business. Everything from coffee mugs to ECU chips, wheels to suspensions and exhausts are available via M Performance Parts.
But for the most part, these upgrades are all a post-sale affair. They can be ordered and fitted at any BMW dealership, and they keep the warranty of the car intact while increasing performance — sometimes dramatically.
For buyers seeking a truly unique performance special right out of the box, there is a new choice: the 2016 435i ZHP.
This special-edition model adds nearly a dozen highly desirable M Performance Parts to the stout 4.8-second-435i Coupe. A new intake, ECU power kit for the engine, exhaust and limited-slip differential join the M Sport package and the new-for-2016 Track Handling package.
Outside, carbon-fiber goodies dress up the nose, sills and tail very nicely indeed.
The end result is a jump in power up to 335-horsepower versus the stock 300, with the outright 0-60-mph time falling by an estimated 0.2-seconds to 4.6-seconds.
On a slightly related note, this ZHP announcement likely means that the new 340i engine of the four-door is not coming to the 4 series until the 2017 model-year. The 340i xDrive claims a 60-mph sprint with xDrive of just 4.6-seconds — but may have trouble keeping up with the smiles or laptimes of the ZHP around a challenging racetrack.
These ZHP Edition mods are a fantastic way to have one of the coolest 435i Coupes, right out of the box.
Pricing is TBD but likely to bring a $5,000 to $7,000 premium, taking the price of this sexy exec coupe into the mid-50’s.
2016 BMW 435i ZHP Edition
BMW UNVEILS THE SPECIAL EDITION BMW 435i ZHP COUPE
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 19, 2015… Paying tribute to the iconic ZHP Performance Package, BMW today released details for a 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition. The original ZHP option code was created by BMW Individual as a performance package for the 2003-2006 E46 3 Series that included the M-Tech II body kit, a ZHP shifter knob and shifter, upgraded suspension parts and settings, a different DME and special cam shafts that raised power output to 235 hp and allowed for a higher redline. Fulfilling the desires of true enthusiasts, the package was soon referred to by its internal option package code ‘ZHP’. BMW of North America embraced the thirst for the unique BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition once more resulting in the unique collaboration between factory options and key elements from the exciting BMW M Performance Accessory catalogue. Only 100 of these very special cars will be offered.