2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

Matt Tierney
#BMW, #Z4

The new Z4 is even more beautiful in person than in pictures, as evidenced by the number of admirers it had over the course of its time with us. And it looks good with the top up or down. It's just too bad that with the Z4 roadster switching from a soft top to a retractable hard top, BMW now has even less incentive to bring back the Z4 coupe.

I had a great time ripping through the gears and hitting on-ramps with more speed than normal, but like the M3 coupe, there's rarely a safe chance to take advantage of the Z4is's amazing capabilities. I'd like to see BMW move in the opposite direction. Rather than cramming ever bigger engines and more advanced performance technology into the Z4, I like to see BMW come out with a smaller engined, lighter weight car that is less of a supercar and more of a simple straightforward sports car, along the lines of the Mazda Miata.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

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