The New Z4 2.2i

BMW’s latest addition to its roadster pedigree, the Z4, becomes even more desirable and affordable with the arrival of a new 2.2-litre variant. Production of the third Z4 roadster starts in October 2003, with prices set at £24,255 on-the road.

A straight-six, 2.2-litre engine lies under the bonnet, powering the Z4 2.2i from rest to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 140 mph. The engine delivers maximum power of 170 bhp with 210 Nm torque available at 3,500 rpm.

As with the 2.5-litre Z4, a manual five speed gearbox comes as standard with the option of a five speed automatic priced at £1,350. The automatic gearbox includes BMW’s Steptronic system with manual shift; drivers simply pull back the lever to change up and push forwards to down shift.

The Z4 2.2i comes highly specified with air-conditioning, single CD player and Sports steering wheel as standard. Electric Power Steering (EPS) is an electro-mechanical system, which made its debut in both 2.5i and 3.0i Z4 launch models. Steering feel and feedback levels are controlled by software which provides a precise steering damper effect, optimising the driving experience whatever the road surface.

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Published : 30/08/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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