Thursday , July 29 2021

Roadster romance at a cost

Imposition: is 85 mm longer than its predecessor, 74 mm wide and 13 mm high
Imposition: is 85 mm longer than its predecessor, 74 mm wide and 13 mm high

Nothing approaches the instant glamor that drive an open car, so it is surprising that car makers try with few sports numbers? The classic two-way BMW, the Z4, is one of the best roadsters. But as it seems, the Z4 never had the same attraction at the helm that some rivals, in particular the coupe of two Porsche seats, the Boxster.

BMW recently unveiled its third generation of Z4. The car was developed with Toyota, but by sharing the same engineering as the Toyota Supra, the BMW Z4 brings a new style and a sense of BMW driving. For this new version, the option of retractable hardtop was abandoned in favor of a soft cover of electrical operation. It is simple to operate, it opens and closes in 10 seconds and, essentially, for those sudden storms, at speeds of up to 50 km.

The new automobile is immediately recognizable as a BMW, but is longer, wider and heavier than the previous one and has new design features, including a BMW rail rack and LED displays. Inside, Z4 is centered on the controller, but, like most roadsters, you are comfortable in the cabin and you will fight to find places to store smartphones and drinks. The good news is that there is a lot of boot space; a generous 281 liters, regardless of whether the soft lid is open or closed and an increase of more than 50pc compared to the output model.

The new roadster will launch three petrol engines in Ireland next March. The top-of-the-range Z4 M40i features a straight unit of six with 340 hp. Other motors are the 30i and 20i with four cylinders and all are coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The M40i model, the car we handle, can range from zero to 100kmh in 4.6 seconds and has a combined fuel consumption of 7.29 per 100km and CO2 emissions of 165g / km.

Press the start button and the engine is powerful. On the road it is aggressive with sharp management, but it is not sculpted by curves with the clinical precision you want.

Despite the growth, the BMW claims that substantial weight savings can not be opted for a single fabric version, but the M40i is heavier than its predecessor and feels on the road. In addition, the visibility of the ceiling is very compromised.

The prices of the new Z4 sDrive20i start at € 50,420, while the high-end Z4 M40i will return € 73,230. There will be two trim levels; Sport and M Sport, in addition to the M Performance model.

The Sport model features high-gloss black design elements on the front and rear rear, along with 18-inch alloy wheels. The M-Sport includes an air outlet of three sections for the front skirt, a prominent side skirt contour, a rear skirt with very distinctive side contours and 18-inch light alloy wheels.

The BMW Z4 is a desirable car, surprising to look and fun to drive, but unfortunately the roadsters of two seats are not practical and are usually expensive, and are not as clear as some rivals.

Independent Sunday

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