Z4 is currently one of the best-fitted roadsters available. 2016 BMW Z4 will continue unchanged, but that might just be it for 2-door sports car. After that, new generation should replace what’s already solidly executed and refined mid-size roadster.
BMW Z4 Engine
2016 BMW Z4 offers couple of engine choices and three power outputs. Smallest, 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder delivers 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That’s sDrive28i model. sDrive35i and sDrive35is are offered with the same 3.0L turbocharged 6-cylinder which delivers either 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque or 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque respectively.
Needless to say, sDrive stands for rear-wheel drive, while transmission choices depend on given powertrain. Models with inline-six are tied exclusively to 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, while those with turbo four are offered with either 8-speed auto or old fashioned 6-speed manual stick.
Their respective curb weights range from 3,250 lbs for manual turbo four to 3,550 for sDrive35is model which is the fastest as well, hitting 62 mph from standstill in 4.8 seconds.
2016 BMW Z4 Design
As far as Z4’s look is concerned, there really can’t be any disagreements – 2-door roadster is a stunning car to look at from all sides, though, perhaps, somewhat uninspiring from the rear. Still, that same rear end features nice-looking tail-lights and sleek, clean bumper and overhang.
Frontal fascia gets pretty much what is to be expected from a BMW. Traditional Bavarian split grille, modern singular headlamps and stylish hood with contemporary creases. Even the car’s profile features some unconventional creases and curves which further add to its appeal.
Interior of 2016 BMW Z4
Interior of 2016 BMW Z4 has gone a long way since first generation, or even early second generation models. Cabin is now full-flavored and quite refined if you decide to go with luxury packages.
Seats and door panels can be covered with colored (red and orange) leather, while veneers are either aluminum or wooden. Cabin itself is well executed overall and offers enough room for two, but that’s it.
Forget about the trunk space as well since it is reserved for retracting roof. Feature list can be rather rich as well, and apart from a tablet-like touch screen display, Z4 offers a wide range of contemporary tech goodies including automatic headlamps, park assist and premium audio system.
Best fuel economy figures come from turbo four engine and manual transmission. 22 mpg on the city and 34 mpg on the highway are its numbers, while automatic gearbox lowers long haul figure by a point. On the other hand, sportier models with 6-cylinder are both rated at 17/24 mpg, hence we warmly suggest 35is for its impeccable acceleration.
2016 BMW Z4 Price
Prices start at around $49,000, while 6-cylinder models start at $57,000. Finally, sDrive35is Z4 starts from almost $66,000.
2016 BMW Z4 is still a good looking, refined sports coupe with lots of advantages over its rivals. Apart from pricey sticker and lack of room, it offers everything one could have wished for in this kind of car; even fuel efficiency if you decide to go with turbo four engine.