2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

Matt Tierney

The Z4 may not be at the top of the sports car hierarchy, but it sure is fun to drive with the top down on a sunny day. One push of the button is all it takes to lower the roof and start to enjoy the exhilaration that you can only feel when driving in the open air. Add to that the ability to summon 335 hp from a responsive turbocharged in-line six, and driving the Z4 is hard to beat. Sure, it doesn't quite match the dynamic performance of a Porsche Boxster, but I have no complaints. Anyone who buys a Z4 should know exactly what they're getting, and I doubt that most of them have any complaints, either.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

Base price (with destination): $61,925
Price as tested: $64,225

Standard Equipment:
● 3.0L DOHC 24-valve turbocharged I-6
● 7-speed dual-clutch M-DCT transmission
● Regenerative braking system
● Dynamic stability control w/ brake fade compensation, launch control, brake drying, brake stand-by, and traction control
● 19-inch alloy v-spoke wheels
● Speed-sensitive electric power steering
● Adaptive M suspension
● Xenon adaptive headlights with auto-leveling
● Retractable hardtop w/ heated glass rear window
● M aerodynamics package
● Cruise control
● Rain-sensing wipers w/ auto headlights
● 3-spoke multifunction M steering wheel w/ paddles
● Trip computer
● AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system w/ HD radio
● AUX input
● Advanced Key system
● Adaptive brake lights

Options on this vehicle:
Melbourne Red Metallic -- $550
Comfort access keyless entry -- $500
Heated front seats -- $500
iPod and USB adapter -- $400
Satellite radio -- $350

Key options not on vehicle:
Premium sound package -- $1800
o iPod and USB adapter
o Premium hi-fi system
o Satellite radio
Cold weather package -- $1000
o Retractable headlight washers
o Through-loading system w/ integrated transport bag
o Heated steering wheel
o Heated front seats
o Storage package
Premium package -- $2500
o Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors
o Lumbar support
o BMW Assist w/ Bluetooth
o Power front seats w/ driver memory
o Ambiance lighting
o Universal garage door opener
o iPod and USB adapter
19-inch light alloy wheels -- $1200

Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
17 / 24 / 19 mpg

Engine:
3.0L I-6
Horsepower: 335 hp @ 5900 rpm
Torque: 332 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

Drive:
Rear-wheel

Transmission:
7-speed dual-clutch

Curb weight: 3549 lb

Wheels/tires:19-inch aluminum wheels
225/45R19 front, 255/30R19 rear performance summer tires

Competitors: Audi TTS Roadster, Mercedes-Benz SLK350, Porsche Boxster S

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