2008 BMW Z4 M Roadster Review

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2008 BMW Z4 M Roadster Review

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SPECIFICATIONS #8211; BMW Z4 M Roadster

Model: BMW Z4 M Roadster

3.2-liter DOHC inline 6

330 hp/262 lb.-ft.

Transmission: manual

Wheelbase: 98.2 in.

x Width x Height: 161.1 x x 51.1 in.

Tires: P225/45ZR18 P255/40ZR18 (R)

Cargo volume: cu. ft.

Economy: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway/16.8mpg

Fuel capacity: 18.0

Price: $62,150 (includes destination charge, $1,000 gas tax and $9,050 in options)

The Bottom #8211; Despite its less-than-ideal the BMW M Roadster is a formidable sports car performance and handling to compete any other front-engined sports car on the It#8217;s also comfortable for driving and, despite a gas tax, is relatively economical.

I have never been a fan of the BMW looks. To my eye, the hood is too and the rear deck to truncated. there are a lot of these cars on the so that may indicate that not the style expert I think I am.

I agree, though, that the front the car is awesome. It carries the BMW twin-kidney grille inside a round nose that#8217;s bulbous but stops before too far.

Our tester is the BMW Z4M Roadster, commonly known as simply the M At its base is the Z4, but there the similarity Under the hood is a 3.2-liter overhead cam inline six that#8217;s at a healthy 330 horsepower and 262 pounds-feet of

The standard Z4 carries a 3.0-liter six can be rated at either 215 or 255 hp.

This is connected to a 6-speed manual that feels like a car gearbox. The throws aren#8217;t short, but when you#8217;re in you know it. I occasionally had to hunt to get the right gear, but that may been a result of my relatively time in the car.

Performance is The M has super power and response. it#8217;s driven hard, it Acceleration is great and the handling is

There#8217;s some harshness to the that results in excellent but it isn#8217;t objectionable. On the few opportunities I had to let the car the engine threw me back the deeply dished bucket and the exhaust let out a subtle roar and I was in the speed zone before I it.

The driver holds a thick steering wheel (with stitching on the leather) that steering a joy.

There#8217;s one of road I travel frequently the speed limit is a comfortable 45 In the M, I had difficulty keeping the car below the and I was trying to keep it below police hand out tickets on stretch).

On the other side of the coin is the adaptability. The M is a car that can be driven sedately. I developed a of just using the even-numbered (I#8217;m not sure if that#8217;s when I was driving through or on local streets.

In this mode, the M is a comfortable with less outside (we still couldn#8217;t listen to the at a sensible volume).

With the top up, we could listen to the radio. We found a couple of stations to to because tuning it was difficult. We figured it out, but it wasn#8217;t

One of the best features about the is the automatic top. You can go from to topless in a matter of seconds. The top in a compartment behind the seats doesn#8217;t impinge on the trunk, isn#8217;t that great but this is a sports car. a cloth top, as in a #8220;standard#8221;

So it wasn#8217;t a problem to put it down to to the supermarket, put it up to park there, put it back down for the ride

The seats are super comfortable excellent side support. are slightly difficult to exit you#8217;re a senior citizen,

The M has a pop-up navigation system that is good because it can be out of the way when it isn#8217;t needed. It pops up if you change the radio but otherwise it#8217;s just there until called

The instrument panel consists of two nacelles. On the left is a 180mph (top speed is a regulated 155 with digital readouts for the trip odometer and outside On the right is the tachometer with fuel level and water gauges on the bottom.

Cupholders out from the dash by pressing looks like small on either side. They#8217;re but don#8217;t hold a water

Controls are easy to reach for the cruise control. It#8217;s a hidden behind the left of the steering wheel If you#8217;re not with it, it#8217;s difficult, but you learn how to operate it you don#8217;t to look and it#8217;s fine.

I#8217;m not a fan of the car#8217;s styling, the BMW Z4 M is a fun car to tool around in. If you want serious driving, it does the job as over almost any road.

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