Car reviews - BMW - Z4 - sDrive35i
Yes, it looks nice, but the real star of the BMW Z4 show is the twin-turbo six ...
4 Sep 2009
By CHRIS HARRIS
LOOK hard, and then look harder again, because the E89 Z4 is not quite what it appears. Sure, the soft top has been turfed out for a (heavier) folding hardtop roof, and the interior now reeks of quality and luxury, so thoughts of a Mercedes-Benz SLK challenger instantly spring to mind. But the flagship sDrive35i has a formidable ace up its sleeve in the delicious form of BMW’s fabulous twin-turbo 3.0-litre powerplant, and this fact alone raises hopes for a two-seater roadster that can finally dislodge the long-reigning Porsche Boxster as the world’s greatest convertible. Has BMW succeeded?
Model release date: 1 May 2009 to 1 July 2015
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Ended: April 2009
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MASSIVELY better than its disappointing Z3 predecessor, the E85 Z4 also espoused one of BMW head designer Chris Bangle’s more ambitious ‘flame surfacing’ styles, for an aggressive and distinctive rear-drive roadster look.
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