BMW Z4, PURE ADRENALINE

A unique vehicle. Impeccable. A work of art on four wheels that gives the sensation of freedom.

Incredible from its very debut in 2002, the BMW Z4 roadster was considered as something more than just a car, an object to be admired and, for some enthusiasts, a work of art on four wheels. Something to drive with pleasure. Because, as the Bavarian manufacture affirms, that is exactly what the Z4 was designed for: to give the sensation of freedom and travelling where the only limit is your imagination. More agile than the previous versions, the new Z4, with is inevitable fabric sunroof that opens and closes using an electric command, is also larger as well as having a bigger baggage compartment, something that is particularly noticeable on cars of this type and not to be ignored. Its destiny has already been written: it is the perfect rival for the Porsche 718 Boxter.

The overall design of this sports car from the producer with the spiral symbol, has hints of the Series 8, such as the taillight and the aggressiveness of the front fenders, which totally contrast with the sides that are, instead, reminiscent of certain British sports cars.

The engine comes in two petrol-fuelled versions: the sDrive201 has a classic, 4-cylinder, 2-litre, 197Cv engine at 320Nm, acceleration from 0 to 100 in 6.6” and a consumption of between 6.0 and 6.1 l/100 km with a maximum speed of 240kh/m. The sDrive30i, on the other hand, has a 4-cylinder, 286Cv engine with a torque of 400 Nm and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and a maximum top speed of 250 km/h. The top model, the Z4 M40i, however, has 6, 3-litre, in-line cylinders, Twin Power Turbo, 340 Cv, 500 Nm, with M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology offering a top speed of 250km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 in 4.5”. All the engines have particulate filters and are Euro 6d-Temp approved. Three driving modes can be selected: Comfort, Sport or Sport+ that impact the engine, transmission and electronic set-up. To avoid pitching and rolling, the vehicle has optimized suspensions: the front is fitted with McPherson struts while the back has a five-rod Multilink. Moreover, there is a self-blocking differential on the back.

Every model comes with adjustable steering that dynamically changes the handling and the rapport between the steering wheel angle and the effective steering of the wheels in order to respond to the situation of the moment. The interior is elegant and sporty. When the sunroof is down, a careful study of the air flows has reduced the noise of the wind to a minimum and, even at high speed, passengers are easily able to hold a conversation. The vehicle has standard drive assistance devices, such as a Collision Warning, which warns against collisions, a Pedestrian Warning with the City Braking function that automatically blocks the vehicle to avoid knocking pedestrians down and the Lane Departure Warning which informs the driver when the car is moving out of the foreseen lane. The various systems on request, however, include: Active Cruise Control with the Stop&Go function, Active Park Distance Control and posterior camera which, when parking, autonomously manages the steering, brake and accelerator and reverses, with no human intervention, for the last 50 metres covered.

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TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

  • Length 4.32m
  • Width 1.86m
  • Height 1.3m
  • Seats 2
  • Doors 2
  • Petrol-powered engine: 4 in-line cylinders, 1998cc 197Cv/320Nm (sDrive20i) – 4 in-line cylinders 1998cc 258Cv/400Nm (sDrive30i) – 6 in-line cylinders 2998 cc 340Cv/500Nm (M40i)
  • Maximum speed 240km/h (Sdrive20i) – 250 km/h (Sdrive30i – M40i)
  • Acceleration from 0 to 100: 6.6” sDrive20i – 5.4” sDrive30i – 4.6” M401
  • Price €43,800 sDrive20i – €53,100 sDrive30i – €66,800 M40i