The M Sport package is standard, so it has a 10 mm lower ride height and different front and rear styling. Inside, the Z4 sDrive35is has a thicker-rimmed M steering wheel, sport seats, M door sill strips and interior trim finished in Aluminum Carbon. To think that a self-induced adrenaline-like rush for an inanimate machine really exists is downright intriguing. Still, it can't really match the surgical detail of the Porsche Boxster, but nothing at this price, short of a Lotus, does. This is a delightful engine, particularly with the manual.
Since the roads were wet during my entire session with this test car, I was extra cautious. To extract more power out of the Z4's 3. Convertible Commentary With its 2009 redesign, the Z4 went from soft-top roadster and hardtop coupe body styles to a retractable-hardtop roadster, which theoretically offers the best of both worlds. The Z4 is a good-looking little roadster, and we noted a lot of attention from bystanders. Standard wheels are 18-inch five-spokes, with 19s available as an option. The fuel injectors operate at a pressure of up to 200 bar 2900 psi , distributing fuel in a conical spray pattern throughout the combustion chamber.
The transmission's sport setting could be more aggressive. Thankfully, the standard shift-by-wire lever is configured appropriately: Push for downshifts and pull for upshifts. In addition, its engine management system includes an electronically controlled overboost function which increases torque by another 37 pound-feet, for a temporary peak of 369 pound-feet for up to seven seconds. Matched with the 335-horsepower inline-six, the sDrive35is can go from zero to 60 mph in 4. Turn the control wheel from warm to cool and the response is immediate, as is the case with most of the controls. The sDrive30i has black vanes in its grille and a silver slash across the outer lower grilles, while the 35i has matte silver grille vanes and perimeter frames for the outer grilles, and the 35is has wider spacing of its grille vanes.
Available cabin tech includes an excellent navigation system. Torque is so abrupt, and has as such a low rev introduction, that it can initially be shocking to unsuspecting drivers. The 2011 Z4 roadsters are among the top choices among sports cars for long trips, as they have great ride quality along with excellent handling and poise. The top folds into the trunk with Transformers-like mutability. We found that the inside mirror and only the inside mirror vibrated a bit on poor road surfaces, a sign that body rigidity characteristics don't change much top up or top down. Options are similar to those above. A premium audio system is available, but our car had the stock six-speaker system.
There are a number of versions of the Z4, all with excessively complicated names. Cruising on the highway with the top down, road noise is replaced by wind noise and general wind buffeting. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. We can tell you now that after a few fast paced miles on Route 555 and the empty curvy paths east of Route 676, the latter fault is nullified in the 35is -- the combination is smooth, powerful, and quick to respond. The Bluetooth phone system downloads a phone's contact list, and in more recent models offers dial-by-name voice command. With just a few seconds of full-throttle acceleration you can break every speed limit in the state of Michigan.
Even with its deficiencies, there's no better feeling than squeezing on the power with the top down through a set of fast bends in the road. We like the comfort of the sport seats and the thickness of the steering wheel. Our car's final price was not much above base, as it had very few cabin tech options, just iPod integration, satellite radio, and keyless start. The sDrive35is also features some M Sport upgrades, including M Aerodynamics and adaptive M Suspension, which combines a ride-height reduction of 10 millimeters with electronically controlled shock absorbers to improve handling without compromising comfort. If you plan on traveling with the top down, bring soft luggage; the partition saves enough room for a few overnight bags below the lowered roof. The exterior remains relatively unchanged from last year, but the interior gets now treatments for 2011.
This temporary torque peak of 369 lb-ft gives the car a significant increase in acceleration. The available leather is treated with sub-reflective technology that helps keep the interior cool on a hot day. To see a side-by-side comparison of all three trim levels,. It includes a vibrant new 8. Exterior trim varies among the three models.
Twin turbochargers Along with suspension settings, the Sport and Sport Plus modes put the throttle at a more aggressive level, the latter also turning down traction control. In Z4s equipped with the Adaptive M suspension, it controls firmness, too. Bass and mid detail is excellent, although this highs get just a little muffled. Turbo boost increases from the sDrive35i's 8. The Z4 sDrive35is features an engine with increased intake airflow and increased boost pressure to deliver even more power.
They are larger and the left paddle is for downshifts and the right for upshifts. The gear changes are an occasion — an amazing statement about an automatic. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 516,791. The new Z4 sDrive35is is faster and better than any other model in the Z4 line-up: powered by a twin-turbocharged 3. Also used in the M3, this transmission has clutches, but there is no clutch pedal. This balance of performance and fuel efficiency results from the fundamental design and layout of the inline-6, which combines twin turbochargers with High Precision direct injection.
We had no brake issues during a day at the track in the sDrive35is. The low-slung Z4 sDrive35is proved to be a cornering champ, exhibiting little body roll and plenty of grip. Sections of the taillights look like horizontal light tubes and appear to ramp up like theater lights when the lights are switched on. Cars ordered without the navigation system get a cubby atop the dash and that's how we would order ours. The sDrive35i ended up placing third -- nearly fourth -- in the comparison, behind a second place and winner Boxster S. The M Sport wheel is thicker, but it feels great in the driver's hands.