BMW Z4 Review & Ratings
- 4 January 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
When it comes to sports cars, BMW Z4 is one of the most intriguing on the market. It is the Z3’s successor and is currently the only sports car that is offered by the company. Some of the designing traits that are seen in the BMW Z4 include long hood, front engine with rear drive layout, hunkered down stance, as well as rearward positions for both the passenger and the driver. The original Z4 had a soft top, but the current version has a hard top that is sleek and retractable.
The first generation of the BMW Z4 was designated as the E85 in the form of a roadster and as the E86 in the form of a coupe. Anders Warming, a Danish designer, was responsible for the design of the BMW Z4.
In 2003, the Z4 roadster was available as a 3.0i, a 3.0si, or with a 2.0i engine. The Z4 coupe is only available in a 3.0si trim.
There was little changed about the car in 2004, there was an optional sports package available that included an increased tire size to 17 inches for the 2.5i, or up to 18 inches for the 3.0i, plus a sports suspension. There was a dynamic control console added that reduced the power steering assist and quickened the throttle action. Xenon headlamps became optional for both of the models.
In 2005 the 3.0i still had the option of a sequential manual gearbox, but it was no longer available for the 2.5i. In addition, buyers had the option of a navigation system, heated seats, and a concierge service and an emergency assist from BMW.
In the year 2006, the car received a freshened style, a more powerful engine, as well as a hatchback coupe style that was introduced in the midyear. The base convertible was now a 215 horsepower instead of the 184 horsepower, and the 265 horsepower was offered in a coupe and a convertible form.
The current version of the BMW Z4 is offered with rear wheel drive and comes in 3 trim levels. The trim levels are the sDrive28i, the sDrive35i, as well as the sDrive35is. The standard transmission is the six speed manual. There is also the option of an 8 speed automatic transmission.
The main difference between the 3 trim styles is what is under the hood, but there are several other differences as well. The sDrive28i has 17 inch tires as standard, xenon headlights, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control, power seats, adjustable drive settings, and Bluetooth. The sDrive35i has 18 inch tires, sport seats, and leather upholstery that are sun reflective. The sDrive35is is very similar, but the standard version comes with an upgrade to the audio system as well as the M sport package, which is optional for other versions of the Z4.
Reviews have found that the BMW Z4 is a very high quality sports touring car, with an interior that is quite roomy. The Z4 has a decent amount of trunk space when the retractable roof is raised. This is a really fun car to drive, especially if the M sport package is chosen. The reflexes and the driver communication are found to be a bit lacking because of the electrical power steering system. However, most people are going to appreciate the firm, but compliant ride that is offered by the vehicle as well as an overall accomplished performance. A ride with the top down on a warm and sunny day is a great way to spend an afternoon.