BMW performance fans take note. The automaker is paying a special tribute to the iconic ZHP Performance Package with a special 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition. To keep it extra special, only 100 of them will hit the road.
The original ZHP option code was created by BMW Individual as a performance package for the 2003-2006 E46 3 Series. The new ZHP coupe once again features a unique combination of factory options and key elements from the M Performance Accessory line. BMW says the result is a vehicle with improved optics and aerodynamics, that’s also notably quicker with more precise handling.
The exclusive Performance accessories include a chassis, aerodynamics, cockpit, and power train components. It will include the special Track Handling Package that adds 80-inch Orbit Grey V-Spoke Wheels and M Sport Brakes. It also includes Adaptive M Suspension with variable damper technology and Variable Sport Steering for improved handling and overall performance.
The ZHP edition will also honor BMW’s sport performance history with a special M Performance Limited Slip Differential that adds performance advantages by utilizing three clutch plates for a total lockup of 30% on acceleration and 9% deceleration that creates improved traction for faster and tighter corners.
The Aerodynamics are specially improved on the ZHP with a host of M Performance accessories including a front and rear spoiler made entirely from carbon fiber reinforced plastic, a rear diffuser made from PURRIM with three embossed bars integrated into the design to stand out, an expanded grille in the rear diffuser that is painted matte black, and to cap it off is black kidney grilles.
Handling performance and eye catching lines aren’t the only thing that BMW is doing to make sure that the ZHP sets a special pace. It also gets a 35 horsepower boost from the standard 435i Coupe for a total of 335 horses and an increased 332 pound-feet of torque with the Sport Automatic 8-speed transmission. You get 317 lb-ft of torque with the 6-speed manual.
It will also be packing a nice rumble and purr with a stainless-steel M performance Exhaust design that cuts 8.8 pounds for improved dynamics both performance wise and sound wise. The flash of the stainless steel tips that connect straight through to the muffler are all other drivers will see.
As for color, BMW is keeping it simple with either an Alpine White or a Black Sapphire Metallic body color.
This speciality coupe is going into production in July with pricing and a sale date to be announced later.