The new BMW Z4 was launched on 19 June 2003 to instant accolades. Autocar rated the new car as better than the Porsche Boxster, commenting that the difference was "the accumulation of small advantages such as the car's superior bottom-end performance, its slicker gear change, its price advantage and more contemporary looks."
The dynamic appeal of a genuine sports car is complemented by strong economy figures. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 32.1 mpg with CO2 emissions at 214g/km, placing it in the 28 per cent band for company car tax.
Figures to the end of October confirm that a total of 3,800 cars have left BMW showrooms around the UK, with 55 per cent being the Z4 2.5i. Customers wishing to order a car should act quickly if they want a Z4 roadster for next summer. Waiting lists for the 2.5i and 3.0i launch models already stretch into June 2004, with the 2.2i variant bound to follow suit.
Standard Specification in detail - Z4 2.2i
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
- Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC III), incl. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
- Low beam in ellipsoid technology; high beam free-form headlights
- Raised 3rd brake light integrated in luggage compartment lid
- Side indicator repeaters in side panel front, with integrated BMW roundel
- Tyre Run Flat indicator
- Roll bar protection system
- Airbags for driver and front passenger, with seat occupant detector for front passenger
- Side airbags
- Remote central locking; locks doors, trunk lid, fuel tank flip, rear storage box between the backrests
- Disc brakes - front inner-vented
- Bumpers with aluminium impact absorbers
- Deformation zones at the front and rear
- Safety-belt (automatic with pyrotechnic belt latch tensioners)
- Side impact protection system
- Warning triangle