While handling purists will probably want to stick with the base suspension, all Z4 models are electronically influenced with the Z4's addition of Driving Dynamics Control. County's quick-switching, off-cambered, decreasing radius roads. It features the same 3. And the difference between these two models, actually, goes far beyond their 45-hp difference in engine output. Compared to the previous Z4, the side windows are 40 percent larger and the back window is 52 percent larger, which means you don't get the issues that make it a pain to drive in the city with the top raised.
What the 2011 Z4 lacks in interior space, it makes up for in storage; there's a small cargo shelf behind the seats, a low cargo net to trap objects nearby, and a center console tray, as well as clamshell door pockets. In either of the Z4 models, the steering doesn't have the direct feel of the Boxster, and it's a touch too quick. New this year is an M Sport Package, which combines the Adaptive M Suspension, exclusive exterior colors, an Anthracite headliner, and an M Sport steering wheel. Aside from a sharp edge or two, the 2011 Z4 is nicely trimmed in aluminum, ash, leather, and metallic-painted plastic, with an extended-leather option that hides the dash, door caps, and visors. Whether you leave the transmission in Drive or move the gear selector to its Sport mode, which lets the engine rev higher before shifting gears, the sDrive35is has a high-strung quality about it. The standard leather seats even get Sun Reflective Technology, which helps keep them from being so scorching on hot days.
Each upshift is marked with a blazingly quick bark and backward shove. The Z4 side view shows a slim bubble when the roof is raised. It was a few months ago during our roadster comparo when it was We tirelessly flogged a six-speed manual sDrive35i on L. The top-of-the-line sDrive35is exterior is distinguished from other Z4s by its more aggressive front bumper styling, which calls to mind the high-performance M3, and a restyled rear bumper. While the 3 Series droptop exhibits noticeable body shudder when traveling on bumpy roads with the top down, the Z4 is solid, without a hint of flex in the windshield frame and no squeaks. Altogether, the chosen metallic trim and contrasting leather trim gives the Z4 a hint of nostalgia, but it's nothing overt.
The automatics come with sport modes that hold gears longer for more spirited performance, and each can be shifted manually using the console lever or steering wheel-mounted paddles. Noise, however, can be a problem in the Z4. In cars equipped with the optional Adaptive M Suspension with Electronic Damping Control part of the Sport Package , it also controls the suspension damping. It invites foot-to-the-floor driving, though it's by no means underpowered. The stability control system also has a sport-driving mode and simulates a limited-slip differential to help the Z4 corner more effectively, while the brakes have a drying function as well as a Brake StartOff function for uphill starts.
The silhouette flows with far more elegance, seen in smooth, long arcs connecting the hood to the rear fenders. The sDrive30i can dash to 60 mph in 5. The new Z4 sDrive35is has as tongue-twisting a name as you'll find in the U. But here on New Jersey's glassy back roads encircled by dark green forest, the roadster is nothing less than enthralling. Torque is so abrupt, and has as such a low rev introduction, that it can initially be shocking to unsuspecting drivers. Sweet 6-cylinder engines, a classy interior, and a rewarding driving experience are among the Z4's compelling traits. Top speed is 155 mph.
The Z4's two seats have longer, adjustable seats, with longer cushions than those that are used in other roadsters, but taller drivers will have issues with the low windshield header, which can make seeing traffic lights difficult and invite a hunched-forward driving position. Something this addictive should be illegal. Standard on both trims is a six-speed manual transmission. Having said that, though, no package or adjustable settings will make the Z4 as engaging to drive as a Porsche Boxster -- the steering in particular is a bit of a letdown, providing less road feel than we'd like from a sporting car. A conventional six-speed automatic is available on the sDrive30i, while even enthusiast drivers are likely to enjoy the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that's available on the sDrive35i; it includessteering-wheel paddle shifters so that shifts can be ordered up at the tap of a thumb for downshifts or fingertips upshifts. Send Mike an Hide full review.
The orientation enhances the sensation of rotation when carving through a corner; there's no waiting for the rest of the car to make it through the turn because you're practically sitting at the back of the roadster. . Standard safety equipment includes dual front airbags, as well as seat-mounted airbags that inflate to cover the head and thorax. Total output now stands at 335 horsepower at 5900 rpm and 332 pound-feet at 1500 rpm. Convertible Commentary With its 2009 redesign, the Z4 went from soft-top roadster and hardtop coupe body styles to a retractable-hardtop roadster, which theoretically offers the best of both worlds.
The rear wheel wells are pronounced in their size-and taper toward Porsche Boxster-like tail lamps. With the adaptive suspension, the Z4 is remarkably flexible, if a bit digital, soaking up patchy bumps and even coarse, jiggly surfaces but tightening up for the esses and quick maneuvers. It continually urges the driver on — unlike some cars, whose response tells you it's time to back off. The rakish design divides some controls in a strong, graphic trim panel, and cants them slightly toward the driver. A delightful six-speed manual gearbox is standard on both versions.
There's no question this version of the Z4 is a star performer on the street and the track, but that kind of money can buy a Porsche Boxster S, and that fact might give some buyers pause. M division's adaptive suspension also helps to boost the Z4's road hold. The twin-turbocharged sDrive35i is better yet, offering up authoritative yet ultra-refined acceleration. The top stows in the upper portion of the trunk, above a movable partition that reserves enough luggage space for a few soft bags when the top is down. The powerful brakes are easy to modulate and feature excellent pedal feel. With the adaptive suspension, the Z4 is remarkably flexible, if a bit digital, soaking up patchy bumps and even coarse, jiggly surfaces but tightening up for the esses and quick maneuvers.