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BMW Z4 coupe ups the ante, sharpens the blade and drops the price
21 Feb 2007
By CHRIS HARRIS
LIKE many BMWs of late, the Z4 roadster polarised opinions when it was launched with its complex but tantalising ‘flame-surface’ design language, questionable run-flat tyres and electric steering. Many believed the Z4 to be a hairdresser’s trade-up of the old Z3. Roll out the Z4 coupe, a stiffer, harder-edged stablemate which is arguably sexier, certainly tougher, and cheaper than its soft-top twin. With a hatch-style rear opening and decent boot space, the Z4 coupe is also more of a ‘pocket grand tourer’ than the storage-compromising Roadster. Of course, sharing the same DNA unfortunately means sharing the same bad genes too.
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BMW Z3 CoupeReleased: 1998
Family Tree: Z4
Sold only in M guise in Australia and powered by the revered 236kW 3.2-litre inline six-cylinder from the E36 M3 Coupe and Z3 Roadster, the Z3 coupe was available in various overseas markets with a 144kW 2.8-litre six from 1998 to 2000 and a 172kW 3.0-litre from 2000 to 2002. Like the Z4 coupe of today, the Z3 coupe was a stiffer, better-handling, driver-focused two-seater than its fabric-roofed sibling. Despite its quirky looks (nicknamed a ‘bread van’ and ‘munster mobile’) the Z3 coupe – especially in M form – had a narrow, but hardcore following.
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