The BMW Z4 is no doubt one of the most stunning sports cars available on our planet. 90% of car lovers will love this two-seater sports car and 10% of haters usually are gay. A view either from the front, side, or rear, it looks strikingly cool. It is cool to drive this car to a five-star hotel front door and throw the key to valet and let them park the car. It is cool to drive this car to club or disco at night to show off and it is definitely cool to drive this car to college.
On top, the Z4 features sleek retractable hardtop. With just one press on the button, the hardtop will be folded to the back in an elegant way within seconds. When the top is raised, the trunk is big enough for large items. Other than the outlook, there are numerous of inner beauty can be found in this car including high mpg, reliable engine, and comfortable ride. Special features such as paddle shifters, controllers at steering wheel, and a set of nice stereo systems make the car lively and energetic.
The 2012 model is now 148mm longer. The designer put the car seats a little bit further back towards the rear axle in order to create more space for passengers. A view from the side, the silky FR (front-engine Rear-drive) roadster has a long hood but the side mirrors are place nicely in the middle. Other than elegant, stylish, and luxury, what else we could describe the car? Look at the photo took by Carsut photographer, it says a million word, isn’t?
Engine and Performance
There are four power options available for the Z4:
The BMW Z4 sDrive20i is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that produces 181 hp and 199 Nm of torque. From 0 to 62mph it takes 6.9 seconds which isn’t disappointed for many roadster lovers. The car hit a top speed of 146 mph and has a curb weight of 1470kg.
The BMW Z4 sDrive28i is powered by an award-winning turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that provides 240 hp and 260 Nm of torque. It is partnered with a standard manual transmission but there is an eight-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. It takes less than 6 seconds from 0 to 60 mph.
The BMW Z4 sDrive35i is a little bit more powerful. It is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that produces 300 hp and 300 Nm of torque. Same as the sDrive28i, rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission is standard. It takes only 5.2 seconds to reach 60mph from a standstill position. It is more powerful but the mpg is much lower compared to sDrive28i.
The BMW Z4 sDrive35is is for buyers who want to achieve 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds. It uses a revised 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that pumps 335 hp and 332 Nm of torque. A seven-speed automated dual-clutch manual transmission (DCT) is the only available transmission.
While the camera move to the interior, it gives a feeling that “I want to sit in, start the engine, and step hard on the gas pedal” The cabin is designed nicely with high quality leather and it is roomy. Back in old days, some good looking sports cars are powerful but they are not comfortable to drive for long journey because of the small and tight cabin. But now BMW has proved it with the Z4, go and get a test drive at any BMW dealers and you will know what we mean.
BMW Z4 interior
The 2012 BMW Z4 convince its customer with many standard safety features including ABS brakes, stability control, traction controls, side airbags as well as knee airbags. Parking sensors that helps the driver to control the park distance and BMW Assist emergency communications are optional.
Fuel Economy (MPG)
- BMW Z4 sDrive20i: combined 41.5mpg
- BMW Z4 sDrive28i: 24/34/27 (Manual) and 24/33/27 (Automatic)
- BMW Z4 sDrive35i: 19/26/21 (Manual) and 17/24/19 (DCT – automated Dual-clutch Manual transmission)
- BMW Z4 sDrive35i: 17/24/19
Why people love Z4?
- Beautiful and eye-catching outlook.
- Fuel efficient.
- Creative interior (Wooden dashboard are optional)
- Comfortable ride with large trunk.
- Thousands of aftermarket parts for the Z4 available across the country in cheap price.
What is not so good?
- Expensive price tag and expensive optional features.
- Not a daily use car for people who does not get use to the sport setting.
- United States: MSRP from $48,650
- United Kingdom: from £32,650.00
BMW Z4’s competitors or similar cars: Mercedes-Benz SLK, Porsche Boxster, Nissan 370Z, Honda S2000, and Audi TT.
In conclusion, for BMW fans or BMW fans-going-to-be who look for a two-seater sports car that looks cool, practical to be used, and fun to drive, this is it! BMW Z4 is the one.
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