The 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Edition Coupe

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The 2016 435i ZHP Edition Coupe is the new way of BMW to create a tribute car that will last for decades. Like previous models with the ZHP package in the past decade, this badge is translated to amazing performance and well-built machines to hit the track with anger.

If you like it, you will have to pay a lot. Not because BMW is putting on them a bulky price tag, no. Only 100 units will be produced a sold to the public, which already led you to buy one from resellers and unsatisfied clients. The 2016 435i ZHP isn’t that powerful or spectacular. Nevertheless, it remains quite exclusive. At the same time, it will provide good-looking features.

Let’s take a further look of the German 2016 435i ZHP Edition Coupe.

Drivetrain and Performance Upgrades

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Strangely, all the items equipped with the 2016 435i ZHP version as standard are totally available as extras for the base 435i M series. So, can we have the exact same vehicle as a ZHP without buying one? Probably, we dare to say. Now, the specs.

The 2016 435i ZHP packs a TwinPower turbo 3.0 L inline-6 powerplant, which is capable of producing up to 335 hp and a maximum torque of 332 lb-ft. Along with this engine, there are either a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic one, which offers a slightly higher performance.

This rear-wheel-drive killing machine can go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and reach an estimated top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h), which probably will be electronically limited. Sincerely, these numbers seem to slow for a model like this one. The specialized media is quite disappointed about this fact. For a limited-production sports car, it is discouraging.

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Anyways, the ZHP badge answer to a great performance boosts within the German car maker repertory. That’s what you going to get. Among many upgrades, we get the Track Package as standard, adding to the deal the M Sport brakes, variable sport steering, 18-inch wheels, and the critically-acclaimed Adaptive M Suspension, totally ready to hit the track. The Michelin Pilot Super Sport provides hardcore grip and upgrades as well the overall performance of this exclusive model.

Also expect the stunning M Performance Engine kit, the M Performance exhaust, the M Performance Aerodynamics package, and (finally) the M Performance limited-slip differential. Despite important upgrades in terms of performance, the estimated fuel consumption stills great for a sports car of this caliber. Anticipate 20 mpg for the city and 30 mpg for the highway.

Design and Stance

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The 2016 435i ZHP Edition Coupe delivers a stunning and aggressive stance. Its lowered front end and the design of the front fascia are just intimidating. The dual black kidney grilles are paired with three massive air intakes below, with a carbon fiber spoiler touching the ground. The same spoiler is found at the rear.

When you appreciate it from a side, this ZHP model looks sexy and belligerent at the same time. The athletic form with its track-focused chassis is the perfect combo for this killer sports car. Expect a curb weight around 3600 lb (1633 kg).

The Bottom Line

Despite the poor steering feedback, the 2016 435i ZHP still feels powerful and full of vigor. There is no exhaustion or fatigue with this one. BMW make a great job, but again, we still think that everything onboard of this exclusive edition is obtainable. All the M packages are available for the base model. So, where is the real exclusivity right here.

The estimated price tag goes over US$55.000.

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