BMW Z4 sDrive35is powered by 3.0-litre straight six
11 January 2010

This is the new range-topping BMW Z4, launched today at the Detroit motor show.

The snappily titled Z4 sDrive 35is gets a 335bhp version of the 3.0-litre straight six, with an overboost function increasing torque from 332lb ft to 369lb ft. And the 332lb ft is available from just 1400rpm, which should give the car the torque characteristics of a big diesel.

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That gives the Z4 performance to closely match the M3 and M5; it hits 62mph in 4.8sec. As with all BMWs, top speed is limited to 155mph. Transmission is a seven-speed double-clutch unit.

The car also has the sound to match its performance. BMW describes its specially developed exhaust, which features sound flaps and modifications to the silencers, as giving "powerful acoustic feedback".

The new model makes use of Efficient Dynamics tech, including brake enegy regeneration and electric power steering, to average 31.4mpg, and it emits 210g/km of CO2.

The car also gets an M Sports Package and M suspension as standard, which lowers the car by 10mm, and retuned electric steering. Exterior trim changes include new front and rear lower bumpers and a new style of 18-inch alloys. Regardless of the exterior colour of the car, it will always be supplied with silver mirror caps.

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14 December 2009

BMW Z4 sDrive 35is

Only in some weird marketing world does that moniker sound any good...

Personally, I still hanker after a Z4M from the previous model. Got very excited when used prices dropped near £17k but they've recovered closer to £20k. The folding metal roof and the decision to target the SLK market rather than the Boxster/Cayman market has rather put me off the new model.

14 December 2009

I'm sure if another manufacturer came up with such a ludicrous name for their model specs Autocar would have slammed it, like they did with Kia's bizarre C'eed monikers!

God knows what a hybrid or hydrogen Bimmer would be titled!

14 December 2009

I fail to see why I would get this instead of a quality reworked standard 35i from a company like DMS, who apparently extract 360-370 bhp from this engine with no hiccups. Come on BMW, put the 4.0 V8 screamer in there, for the fans !

14 December 2009

is this as good as its going to get for the new z4 no z4m? seems a better title than this one although love the new more

14 December 2009

[quote Autocar]The snappily-titled BMW Z4 sDrive 35is[/quote] Sounds like a good car (depending on the price of course). From the few I've seen on the road it seems that most owners don't want you to know what the model is either as they all tick the "delete badge" option. Logic says that BMW will eventually badge their cars according to all the options fitted as well - it'll be just as meaningless as this current nomenclature "system", BMW must be the only one's to understand it.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

14 December 2009

Wouldn't DMS drop a 4.0 litre in for you, at a price?

Peter Cavellini.

14 December 2009

top speed should be limited to 90mph.

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14 December 2009

I love the Z4 but I hope there is an option for nicer wheels compared to those ones.

I think they will eventually make a Z4M when the recession is over and when interest in the Z4 starts to drop.

14 December 2009

[quote tomisdadude]

I think they will eventually make a Z4M when the recession is over and when interest in the Z4 starts to drop.

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Doubtful. I don't think they would want a Z4M to supersede in the M3 in the performance department then undercut it in price. M3 owners would throw a right tantrum.

14 December 2009

It would be nice if a proper manual, and a proper auto become available.

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Our Verdict

BMW Z4
The BMW Z4 has more comfort and added practicality, but has it gone soft?

The BMW Z4 is a fine-looking two-seat roadster with indifferent driving dynamics

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