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BMW’s entry level Z4 sDrive 20i sportscar is a choice, not a compromise

5 Nov 2013

BMW recently refreshed its second-generation Z4 range, with all three variants getting more standard equipment and a mild facelift.

While the two pricier variants benefited from more gear than the base version, the cheapest Z4 didn’t entirely miss out on some extra toys either.

With 3D satellite navigation, an almost cinematic 8.8-inch hide-away screen, improved multimedia connectivity and voice-control now part of the standard equipment list, the cheapest way into a Z4 is now better value.

At $79,900 the entry-level Z4 is the cheapest option in the prestige two-seater convertible segment, so it will appeal to fans of the Z4’s unique styling with a tighter budget to stick to.

At the top-end of the range you’ll find the 3.0-litre twin-turbo sDrive35is, which for the princely sum of $119,545 will use its 250kW/450Nm to whisk you to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds: but does that mean the 135kW/270Nm sDrive2.0i is the soft option?

We gave Munich’s most affordable drop-top sportscar a go despite a very slow start to Melbourne’s summer.

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Model release date: 1 August 2013

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