2009 BMW Z4 sDrive35i

Jeffrey Jablansky
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I found the Z4 to be very pleasing to drive. With the top dropped, a country drive through some back roads is total bliss. Under heavy throttle, the exhaust tone ripples down your spine and echoes off your surroundings. The BMW steering-wheel-mounted push-pull paddle shifters take some getting used to, but once acquainted, make a lot of sense when you're hand over hand in a sharp curve. With 300 horses, the twin-turbo six effortlessly propels you down the road.

BMW did a nice job with the design of the Z4. I had a few of Ann Arbor's finest take an extended stare at it, then overheard one say to the other, "that's pretty sweet looking". As far as the rest of the car, I thought the red interior looked sharp at first, but as time went on, I think a simple black would be much better. And since I'm getting picky, give me an M version.

Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

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