2010 BMW Z4

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Available in 2 styles:  2010 BMW Z4 2dr RWD Roadster shown
Asking Price Range
$23,675–$37,459
Estimated MPG

18 city / 25–28 hwy

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Vehicle Overview
The BMW Z4 was redesigned last year to be bigger inside and out than its predecessor; the redesign also packed more power under the hood and more luxury under its new retractable hardtop roof. It looks less controversial, in part because the prior soft-top Z4 was among the most daring designs of its day. Its successor has more curves and fewer chisels, and the convertible hardtop eliminates the need for a dedicated coupe model.

Trim levels include the sDrive30i and turbocharged sDrive35i. Both have standard Dynamic Drive Control, a feature that allows drivers to vary steering and accelerator settings to suit their tastes. Anyone considering the entry-level Z4 might cross-shop Nissan's redesigned 370Z; a loaded Z4, on the other hand, could compete with the Mercedes-Benz SLK, Audi TT and Porsche Boxster.


New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

Exterior
BMW says all surface lines strive toward a point on the road ahead. Such is easily evident in the headlights and hood. BMW's dual-kidney grille remains front and center, but the old Z4's odd lines and offset surfaces are largely gone.
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Optional adaptive suspension
  • Optional automatic high beams


Interior
The two-seat interior offers noticeably more headroom and legroom than the previous Z4, as well as more storage options — albeit few compared to a conventional luxury sedan or coupe. BMW claims all-around visibility increased 14 percent over the last Z4, thanks to larger side and rear windows.

Available sun-reflective leather reflects infrared radiation better to render less-than-scorching surfaces on a sunny day. Other options include leather-upholstered dashboard and door panels in the sDrive35i, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats and a heated steering wheel. There is an optional trunk pass-through.

The Z4's iDrive unit, included with an optional navigation system, is BMW's latest and best version, revamped with better graphics, more shortcut keys and improved menu functionality.
  • Standard simulated leather seats
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional upgraded sound system
  • Optional iDrive system


Under the Hood
The sDrive30i's 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine makes 255 horsepower and 220 pounds-feet of torque, working with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 300 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque powers the sDrive35i, which comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both automatics have steering-wheel paddle shifters.
  • 255-hp 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (sDrive30i)
  • 300-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (sDrive35i)
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions (sDrive30i)
  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions (sDrive35i)
  • Standard Dynamic Drive Control


Safety
The standard stability system employs a brake drying function to keep the discs dry during wet weather. Front and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard, as are four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, with larger discs on the sDrive35i. Traction control is standard and the electronic stability system has a high-threshold performance mode. Other standard safety features include:
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Head-protection extension on side airbags
  • Knee airbag



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