This Summer's 'Must Have' : The All New Z4 Roadster

BMW Z4 Roadster

BMW Great Britain has announced final pricing, specifications and options for the forthcoming BMW Z4 roadster. Available with 2.5i and 3.0i-litre six cylinder engines, the new car is due to be launched in June, priced at £26,650 and £30,850 respectively.

The Z4 3.0i features BMW's renowned six cylinder engine, delivering 231 bhp and 300 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. This powers the car to 62 mph from standstill in just 5.9 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155 mph. The 2.5i delivers 192 bhp and 245 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm, covering the 62 mph sprint in 7.0 seconds before hitting a top speed of 146 mph.

Top Standard Specification And New Technology

The BMW Z4 comes as standard with automatic air-conditioning, single CD player, Sports steering wheel, fully automatic multi-layer cloth electric roof (taking less than ten seconds to retract) with a glass rear windscreen. When the roof is retracted, an innovative new folding mechanism ensures that the foremost part of the roof sits flush with the body and acts as a cover over the folded section. With the roof up, extra roof storage space in the boot is released using the variable soft-top compartment, increasing the boot space by a valuable 20 litres, to 260 litres.

Technical innovations abound on the BMW Z4. Electric Power Steering (EPS) is an electro-mechanical system making its debut in a BMW. Steering feel and feedback levels are controlled by software optimising the communication between driver and the tarmac, irrespective of road surface and conditions.

Owners appreciating the sporting nature of the car and the feedback generated by the EPS system will also benefit from M Sports Suspension (standard on 3.0i, optional on 2.5i) and Dynamic Driving Control (DDC), controlled via the Sport button on the centre console. When the button is depressed, DDC delivers a faster accelerator response and a reduction in the power steering assistance from the EPS system, which offers an even more involving drive.

The obvious sporting nature of the Z4 engine is highlighted by a new and unique 'Engine Sound System'. This is designed to modulate and transmit the pressure noises from the engine intake system into the passenger compartment generating a particularly sporting engine noise for the occupants - a feature that will be especially appreciated by lovers of true roadsters.

The Z4 3.0i features the all-new six speed manual transmission that has recently been introduced into the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible. The 2.5i comes with a 5 speed 'box. An optional five speed automatic gearbox, featuring BMW's Steptronic system is also available on both cars. BMW's six speed paddle-shift Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) on 2.5i and 3.0i models can also be ordered.

Visually, the Z4 3.0i is differentiated from its smaller-engined stablemate by anthracite chrome headlight surrounds (as opposed to black), larger oval exhaust tailpipes, chrome kidney grilles with matt chrome grille bars (2.5i has black bars) and 17" double spoke alloy wheels (2.5i has 16" star spoke design). Leather interior including a padded armrest and electric seat adjustment including driver memory are also standard on the Z4 3.0i.

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Published : 18/03/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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