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|2011 BMW Z4
|2011 BMW Z4
Things That Make You Smile:
- Sling-shot performance and slot-car handling without the go-kart suspension
- Beautifully balanced proportions and elegant design silhouette
- Retractable hardtop insulates you from the elements and road noise better than a ragtop
- Intelligent dual-clutch automatic is fast and silky smooth
- The new interior is more visually pleasing, and includes a slew of comfort and usability improvements
Things That Turn Your Smile Up-side Down:
- Melbourne Red paint attracts more attention than Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco spotting the General Lee
- I know it’s a roadster, but where do I put my golf clubs?
Bada bing, bada boom! Last year we drove the 2010 Z4 sDrive35i powered by BMW’s silky-smooth turbocharged, inline-6 engine and a double-clutch transmission that can change gears faster than Quick-Draw McGraw on speed. Performance was impressive, handling was sharp as a razor, and driving dynamics were more engaging than Betty Davis’ eyes. This year BMW has added a new range-topping Z4, one with a massaged engine that produces 335 hp and a load of M Sport touches. Not that the Z4 needed any more power, but we were surprised the company didn’t call it a Z4 M.
The 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is wants to play with the big boys and take its place next to the Audi TT-RS, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Porsche Boxster S/Cayman S. BMW has given the 3.0L engine better intake breathing and higher boost pressure for a new output of 335 hp at 5900 rpm and 332 lb-ft from 1500 rpm, with overboost providing quick bursts of 369 lb-ft. A specifically tuned exhaust system provides a deep rumble with a focus on the low-frequency sound range.