2009 BMW Z4 sDrive35i

Jeffrey Jablansky
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I don't know if I could characterize back-road driving in the Z4 as bliss. It's more like an intense ride, palpably amplified by the super-quick shifts of BMW's dual-clutch transmission. The red interior was a quick way to pick up curious glances while briefly cruising down Main Street. If only it had hung around a little bit longer, I could have gotten used to the somewhat unusual arrangement of controls in the cabin. Who thought that replacing the shift lever with something that looks like a cell phone was a good idea? And what's up with the supposedly keyless ignition? You still need the transmitter, a foot on the brake, and a start/stop button on the dashboard. I'm all for embracing new technology, but give me a nicely wrapped plain-metal key, and I'm all set.

Jeff Jablansky, Web Editor Intern

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