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By Cars.com Staff
October 1, 2009
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.
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
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