Safety is of primary concern on all BMWs and occupant protection is assured thanks to the Z4’s ASE (Advanced Safety Electronics) system. This features a control module linked to satellite sensors located in the left and right B pillars, which detect the nature of any impact and activate relevant airbags should they be required. The module also deactivates the fuel pump and alternator as well as breaking the safety terminal on the battery, reducing the risk of fire.
Standard 16" Cross Spoke alloy wheels on the Z4 2.2i are fitted with Run-flat tyres – a feature common to all wheel and tyre options across the Z4 range. Driven carefully at 50 mph, the car can travel for up to 90 miles with one or more punctured tyres, signalling the end of road side wheel changes or the wait for breakdown assistance, and removing the unnecessary weight of a spare wheel.
The BMW Z4 holds a world record. It has the fastest retracting electric roof on the market. At the push of a button, it glides into its lowered position in less than 10 seconds, or if the British weather turns sour, back up again.
Either Business or Professional navigation systems are available as Z4 options. The Business system is integrated into the dashboard facia, while the Professional system features an 8.8 inch (22.5 cm) monitor which rises from the dashboard – the screen doubling as a television where specified. All navigation systems for new BMW cars now include a DVD disc which provides quick access to detailed maps covering the whole of Europe.
Buyers should act quickly if they want a Z4 roadster for next summer. Waiting lists for the launch models already stretch into May 2004 and registrations to date reflect the strength of demand. Just two months after its 19 June launch, a total of 2,320 of the 2.5 and 3.0-litre variants left BMW showrooms around the UK.Published 30 August 2003