New BMW Z4 Review

27 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on New BMW Z4 Review

David Morley

New BMW Z4

It seemed to the BMW Z4#8217;s niche-product status to that the only way to launch the version in the midst of an Aussie was to take it and the motoring press to in Far North Queensland.

Even the folding metal-roof endows the Z4 an all-weather capacity to equal a coupe, that#8217;s missing the

That elusive point of course, that the Z4 is a convertible and you#8217;re paying for the roofless it needed to be shown off in that So Cairns it was.

There#8217;s also the fact as facelifts go, this was not in the league of or Paul Hogan. In fact, the Z4 gets a slightly new face modified headlights, the big(ger) is the car#8217;s new value equation.

than slash the price-tag, BMW has to add specification to the car. Most this has meant that the automatic transmission is now standard on versions of the Z4, the sDrive20i and sDrive28i.

a $3000 option, the automatic was one favoured by about 90 per cent of Z4 buyers, according to local and marketing head, Alan

The four-cylinder Z4 can still be had with a manual transmission as a no-cost while the six-cylinder Z4, the sDrive35is, is exclusively with the seven-speed manual transmission.

Some additions and improved seating also been fitted to the with BMW claiming the price of $2400 to $79,900 is more offset by the extra $9000 of equipment on board.

The sDrive28i now standard 18-inch wheels, and ambient lighting, sports and a stereo upgrade, representing a spike in value against an price drop to $89,900.

The $119,545 sDrive35is, meanwhile, adaptive suspension as standard, entry and start, adaptive a wind deflector and some interior enhancements to give it a value advantage over the car it despite a $450 price

The hero model remains, of that six-cylinder sDrive35is its 250kW of power and 450Nm of

But more impressive than the numbers is the sheer entertainment of a bassy inline six-cylinder a company that has made the a real trademark.

The 3.0-litre in the 35is booms at idle, at full noise and burps upshifted gears. It is a true of the car.

Strangely, though, the four-cylinder 28i is even more fun to drive.

It the audio-drama, but still presents a soundtrack with pops and in all the appropriate places.

Where the nose-heavy 35is can be coaxed a little skip sideways you encounter a mid-corner bump, the cars are much less to play the same game.

The smaller-engined Z4 also seems to in a little more readily better steering feel the six-cylinder version.

And you could call the sDrive28i slow off the with 180kW and 350Nm its 2.0 litres.

Even the entry-level the sDrive20i with its 135kW and feels frisky and up for a bit of fun.

said, all the Z4 variants felt longer than they wide (it could partly be an illusion thanks to that rounded bonnet stretching out in of you) and although there#8217;s plenty of footprint, they can a bit narrow when pushing

Perhaps it#8217;s the ultra (30 series) 19-inch tyres impart the almost-but-not-quite-nervous feeling.

though, either of the three Z4 is a great buzz to drive as the Cairns experience shows, even more fun with the down.

An experience heightened by in the right place at the right Yep, that#8217;s a niche all right.

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