2013 BMW Z4 Review |CarAdvice

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2013 BMW Z4 Review

Pros: interior that looks no other BMW cabin; roof-up excellent engines and autos; value for 2013

The BMW Z4 may be a low-volume car but one of the German brand’s less niche models.

As BMW continues to its range of coupe-style SUVs X6) and liftbacks (GTs), the Z4 continues a lineage of roadsters wearing the grille.

The latest-generation BMW Z4, released in has now been given its second

After turbocharged four-cylinder replaced the non-turbo six-cylinders in 2011, for 2013 the emphasis is on the mechanical side and more on the

However, one notable switch in the department reveals how Australians to have an aversion to manual even when it comes to cars.

With only 10 per cent of buyers opting for the six-speed manual on the four-cylinder versions of the BMW Z4, the company has decided to the eight-speed ZF automatic standard on the and sDrive28i.

While the sDrive20i increases by to $79,900, the previously $3500 contributes to an increase in value of says BMW.

There are reductions for the sDrive28i ($89,900) and ($119,545), which also value by a claimed $7000 and respectively.

You can read our 2013 BMW Z4 and specifications for more details on the of standard features for each

The debate about manuals autos in sports cars no doubt rage on, though no questioning the effectiveness of the eight-speed in the four-cylinder models.

The self-shifter smart-thinking and smooth gearchanges, a Sport mode for more driving, and standard paddleshift allow the driver to make the on gear selection.

It teams with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines, which are flexible you opt for the 135kW sDrive20 or 180kW

Both engines get off the mark too, with no turbo lag to of.

The BMW Z4 sDrive20i is capable of generating pace, though there’s no the extra strength of the sDrive’s four – especially when through the gears.

From standstill to 100km/h, a 1.4 second difference between the two – the 6.9 seconds trailing the 5.5 figure of the

There’s less separating the duo on roads.

The 28i comes with 18-inch wheels, though the 17s of the 20i are the width and still grip in corners.

Even if you choose the BMW Z4 sDrive35is with its twin-turbo you still won’t catch a Porsche Boxster/Cayman (depending on you have the Z4’s roof up or through tight and twisty

The Porsche can carry more into corners and then greater adjustability mid-corner.

still satisfaction to be found the BMW Z4; the key is patience and keeping an eye on that nose.

You need to get the front end into the corner, and only you’ve got the right line can you the confidence to get back on the throttle to the excellent grip.

The four-cylinder BMW Z4 models are more balanced than the heavier-nosed though, with the 35is to transfer its weight into or when swapping direction S-bends.

If the road isn’t dry, it’s also to make the most of the 250kW with the traction control and control systems both kept busy.

All Z4s steer when lock is being through corners, though a of uncertainty at the straight-ahead position is not you expect from BMW steering.

of the Z4s rides with much not helped by stiff-sidewalled run-flat though both the 20i and 28i test we drove were fitted optional M (read firmer) while the 35is comes with adaptive M suspension.


The can be sharp over bumps, the six-cylinder 35is has a pattery with the adaptive suspension in It does bring some flex over undulating compared with Sport though Porsche’s rival – to mention it again – offers the balance between suppleness and

The BMW Z4 sDrive35is is the clear pick the more affordable models it comes to engine and exhaust though.

Where the four-cylinder are somewhat muted, at least you get to about 6000rpm, the 35is good at all speeds – the exhaust on the over-run at lower speeds and as speeds climb quickly completed in 4.8 seconds).

More is inevitably used – 9.0L/100km compared with an identical for the 20i and 28i.

Crucially for an open-seater, the sDrive35is includes a wind as standard. It’s a must-tick for the four-cylinders if you don’t want to more buffeting than find in the likes of the Boxster or the (more expensive) Jaguar

Going from sheltered to in the BMW Z4 takes 20 seconds via a slick, operation of the folding hardtop that brings sophistication to the roadster.

The cabin is impressively with the roof up, though noise can intrude regardless of if the Z4 is running on rougher-surfaced roads.

Buyers can now opt to have the roof in or silver to contrast with the body and create the roadster even when in ‘coupe’

The BMW Z4 cabin continues to be a nice to reside. Seats come in expensive grades of leather as you through the line-up, and the seating is suitably low with a real of almost sitting over the axle.

There’s a quality and look from top to bottom in the and the overall design has plenty of to the interiors of BMW’s passenger and SUVs.

The four round heating and ventilation controls a smart touch, the 8.8-inch infotainment display looks and high-tech, and the iDrive menu system – as we’ve said in BMW reviews – is now actually intuitive.

BMW has added a new interior trim to the choices that allow to have some form of

Boot space gets if the metal roof is folded the boot (see below), but from 180 to a decent 310 litres if the Z4 is in mode. A Mercedes-Benz SLK#8217;s is slightly bigger (225-335L) and a is arguably more practical its 280-litre combined front and luggage compartments unaffected by the being up or down.

The BMW Z4 has certainly from the days of the Z3, though its has changed to the point where more of a compact grand than a focused, thrill-seeking car.

The latest in the long of BMW roadsters, however, still plenty of appeal with its classy and roomy two-seater flexible engines with autos, still-decent dynamics, value (especially in 28i form), and a metal roof that you both coupe and convertible

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