Very few manufacturers can claim the privilege to remain the trusted choices among both auto enthusiasts as well as regular customers. Succeeding in creating a benchmark in certain segments of the automobile market in itself is an achievement, but doing the same in multiple segments is really a power very few automobile manufacturers possess. BMW is certainly one of them. The German manufacturer, over the years has been on the forefront of automobile innovation in terms of machinery as well as aerodynamic design achievements. In spite of constant innovation and manufacturing developments the company harnessed over the years, BMW did achieve another distinct privilege among manufacturers. It did allow contemporary designs to effect its innovation, but it was a controlled invasion. The company retained most of its manufacturing ethics in its vehicles. Things like the iconic kidney front grille and the curvy edges along with the well rendered rear profile are a clear indication to this statement. After winning hearts in various automobile segments, BMW stimulated the market with its beautiful BMW Z4 . The convertible car offers everything that defines a true BMW. The vehicle is extremely curvy yet never goes beyond the design requirements. The edges are beautifully rendered and the real BMW design engineering is evident in the rear profile where the vehicle displays a really mature and futuristic aerodynamic design. The wheel arches, the front fender arches, bonnet, boot and roof, each one has a distinct design statement and though the entire exteriors of the vehicle are seamlessly designed, they enjoy their prominence and this is a real tribute to automobile art from BMW.
BMW Z4 Models
BMW India has brought in the new latest international version of its acclaimed BMW Z4 roadster into the country. The Z4 will demand a price tag of Rs 59 lakh ex-showroom for the Z4 sDrive35i variant. The sDrive35i is the 2009 Z4's top-of-the-line variant and has petrol engine and it features BMW's new dual-clutch 7-speed automatic gearbox.
BMW Z4 Mileage
BMW Z4 is equipped with a powerful 3.0-litre engine , which allows the vehicle to offer a powerful performance with exceptional acceleration and pick up, competing with benchmarks created by the previous engines designed by the very same company over the years. The power offered by the vehicle is really impressive, which does result in an improved mileage and a subsequent increase in the fuel economy rate of the vehicle. The mileage considering its convertible design is about 7.16 Kmpl in the city, while the same averages to 10.37 Kmpl on highways.
Power of BMW Z4
When a vehicle comes with a 3.0-litre engine with six cylinders, power is more or less obvious to be exceptional. The BMW Z4 too is no exception to this tradition and offers a high power, which is just catalyzed with a high precision fuel injection system, 7-speed automatic transmission gearbox and the four valve per cylinder technology. Though power has been believed over the years to be inversely proportional to the fuel consumption efficiency but ruling out the norm, BMW ensured the new BMW Z4 offers a better performance with help of innovative automobile standards. The entire power generated is also improved by engineering the light weight design and aerodynamic profile. This convertible generates a massive 301bhp at 5800rpm in combination with a pounding 401Nm at 1300 – 3700rpm.
BMW Z4 Colours
These colors are available with all variants of BMW Z4
Deep Sea Blue
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Since, this convertible is fitted with a 3.0-litre, six cylinder based in-line petrol engine, pick up and speed are something that the vehicle inherits. With the 2979cc displacement and four valve technology equipped with high precision fuel injection system creates an incredible performance. This engine manages to allow the vehicle to reach 100 Kmph speed from standstill in a mere 5.1 seconds. While the top speed is further impressive with about 250 Kmph.
BMW Z4 Exteriors
Automobiles by their very nature are symbols for beauty and performance. This very characteristic helps the vehicle to grow enormously in terms of design profile. A lot of room is available for a vehicle to improve and manufacturing giants, such as BMW sure are not taking a back step. BMW rendered, one of the most beautiful convertible, the automobile market ever had the pleasure of witnessing. The entire vehicle design looks like a well shaped dough, which is smooth and unbelievably curvy and yet it possesses an aerodynamic inclination making it a real treat for high speed driving. The vehicle never ceases to amaze the viewers with its smoothly blended elements alignment and exceptional rendering of framework. The entire structure follows a synchronized design, wherein the front bonnet rises like the notes of an opera, while the mid door section falls flat to allow aerodynamic and comfort to be the fore runners and the rear section again rises completing the design flow nothing less than a musical whirlwind. The wheels of the BMW Z4 also offer the vehicle a futuristic and authoritative side profile. The front fascia is worth every word synonymous to genius and beauty. The iconic front kidney grille comes with chrome borders and they are met at their edges on both sides with the head lamps, which are also reminiscent of the BMW’s latest head lamp design fashion with two well luminescent lamps acting in a symmetric fashion. The profile maintained by the vehicle is a clear indication of BMW’s attempts to win the convertible market. The front facade also houses exceptionally rendered framework and bumper along with the air intake grills, which are positioned right below the kidney shaped radiator grille, so that the design statement of the vehicle remains appealing. The subtle curves, which as a bigger picture creates a lasting design imprint is what makes the BMW Z4 unique. It never ceases to leave any curve in a rush. Each detailing is done meticulously and efficiently much like an art form. The entire design profile of the BMW Z4 makes it probably convincing to say that the vehicle is sculpted and not just manufactured. The beauty is further taken to a new level with the side profile of the vehicle.
The side profile of the vehicle offers a seamless design, which can simply improve the aerodynamic agility of the vehicle. The beauty is further exemplified with the justifiable color choices such as red and black. The vehicles front bonnet is different in the fact that it defies the remaining design by offering simple long curves instead of extremely curvy design. This helps the vehicle attain an authoritative profile. The front ends at the steep front windshield which is strong enough to withstand high speeds without sabotaging the drivers safety, since the vehicle is a convertible. The front windshield is held in position with a strong, sturdy yet simple framework which offers the windshield enough strength and also complements the design aesthetics. The front windshield also serves as a support system for the convertible cover, so that when the detachable roof is applied over the vehicle is stands tough without falling weak. The rear profile of the vehicle offers a promising design statement with its authentic BMW aerodynamic engineering. The curves are really impressive considering it is a convertible automobile. The rear features exceptional design, where the tail lamps seamlessly blend in creating a perfect art piece. The aerodynamic design is maintained since the vehicle curves into the automobile through the end rather than forming an abstract or abrupt ending. The exhaust, the number plate spot, the boot positioning, the length of the vehicle, the height, overall elements positioning, all in all make the BMW Z4 a worthy possession and a pride for the convertible automobile segment as a whole.
The overall length of the vehicle measures up to 4239mm, while the overall width of the vehicle measures a decent 1790mm. The vehicle offers perfect balance in measurements and this certainly helps in offering an aerodynamic advantage to the vehicle.
BMW Z4 Interior
Interiors have been one of the prime attractions of BMW over the years. The company never had to face significant flack over its interiors and the comfort they offer. It is no abstraction when the interiors of the vehicle are mentioned on a high note and probably as one of the defining features of the vehicle. The BMW Z4 35i being a convertible leaves no stone unturned in offering a perfect performance based vehicle with appropriate comforts. The vehicle offers an obvious ventilation and wind in the air experience with its convertible design. The interiors are a tough designing feature, since they need to be comfortable and convenient both, when the roof is applied as well as when the roof is folded. The interiors however seem to answer each and every such doubt of the customer by offering beautifully rendered interiors that are sustainable to such issues. The interiors feature an impressive design architecture that blends in driver comfort as well as passenger comfort with the same flair. The first look at the interiors makes it evident that the controls are more or less driver oriented and the driver is given the key access to them since they are placed in close proximity of the driver. Even the design statement made depicts the driver having a better part of the controls with a different color tone for the controls, which start at the mid section of the dash and extend to the drivers end of dash. The music system included in the vehicle is a breath of fresh air with a best in class stereo system that has powerful speakers. The air conditioning vents are placed appropriately in the middle, edges and extreme parts of the interior upholstery so that air circulation is distributed in a perfect manner. The cup holder is placed near the co-driver seat, so that comfort can be availed. The shelf in the dash however steals the interior show with an amazing design that almost seems invisible as it blends in with the design. Though it manages to stay between the design realms, it still offers enough space to store minor belongings.
When automobile celebrities such as BMW make a car, that too in the luxury convertible range, comfort seems a pointless question to ask as it is something that inherently comes with the vehicle. The BMW Z4 too is no exception and offers a really comfortable interior arrangement. The vehicle comes with a superior spacing and seating quality. The drivers comfort is given special notice in this vehicle as the steering wheel too comes with wireless controls such as call controls, etc, so that the driver can be in control of the vehicle’s communications even during the ride. The air conditioning controls are beautifully rendered into the design and are easily controllable.
The BMW Z4 comes with a 2496mm wheelbase which itself speaks regarding the interior spacing. The vehicle also has a decent height of 1291mm which enables the vehicle to have enough height even when the roof is applied.
BMW Z4 Engine and Performance
BMW Z4 35i offers a six cylinder 2979cc in-line petrol engine, which is further armored with high precision fuel injection system and four valve technology along with a 7- speed automatic transmission . Though the six cylinders are offered in a row in the BMW Z4, it does act as an added benefit for the car in terms of accurate balance between kerb and body weight and power generated by the engine, all of which can be credited to the dynamic balance and outstanding smoothness of the BMW Z4’s design, which makes it less prone to aerodynamic friction. The maximum output of 301bhp at 5800rpm and the promising torque of 401Nm at 1300 to 3700rpm are clear indication to the engineering brilliance from BMW. The gear shift indicator included in the BMW Z4 helps in calculating and notifying the more economical gear to be opted so that the entire driving experience remains smart. These calculations happen not just by taking the driving situation into account but also the load put on the engine which means that when the car accelerates roughly, the system will wait till a higher revolution count is reached so that a higher gear can appropriately be suggested to the driver. This actually helps at a higher level because when the gears are changed at the right moment, they fuel consumption can be reduced remarkably, particularly in urban commuting.
To complement the exceptional exterior design and powerful engineering inside the vehicle, BMW Z4 comes with a set of light weight alloy wheels, which comes with a size of 225/40 R18 for the front and 225/35 R18 for the rear. The front and rear wheel size is 8 J x 18 and these are sufficiently matched with run flat tyres.
Braking & Handling
When a vehicle is created with such exceptional characteristics, preserving them becomes equally important. No matter how many miles the vehicle can run on a single litre of petrol, but if the vehicle cannot maintain its balance across edges and corners, it possibly rules out the purpose of its manufacturing. The braking system is undoubtedly one of the prime characteristics of a vehicle which maintains the vehicle’s performance. The light weight aluminum construction involved in the high performance braking system in BMW Z4 offers a promising handling capabilities for the vehicle as it also complements the powerful engine and the dynamic chassis structure. The brakes are certainly designed to work seamlessly with the BMW Z4’s engine as it completely works efficiently in providing optimum longevity and optimum durability to the vehicle. The wheels are armored with large ventilated disc brakes with dynamic stability control. Features like anti lock braking system, braking control and the dynamic traction control too help in amplifying the braking system of the BMW Z4 35i.
Handling & Safety
Though BMW was already known for its strong vehicles and efficient quality measures taken in creating sustainable vehicles, the German manufacturer certainly went a step ahead with the BMW Z4, which cleared several crash tests, thanks to its minor detailing in design framework of exteriors, suspension and the engine functioning, braking system, tyre efficiency and the highly lauded dynamic stability control. All these and many other minute engineering efforts successfully make the BMW Z4 less vulnerable across the rough parts of driving such as collisions, uncomfortable terrains, etc. The efficiency is maintained in such situations and scenarios using innovative technological solutions such as brake energy regeneration, electric power steering, improved fuel economy along with a higher power and other innovative solutions to offer not just a better handling to the vehicle but also a better safety profile. The safety is reflected in the dual front airbags and side air bags, both head as well as upper body) for both driver and co driver, ventilated braking system, bumpers fitted with aluminum impact absorbers, cornering brake control, central locking system, ISOFIX on the passenger seats, dynamic stability control, crash sensor, dynamic brake lights and the dynamic traction control, roll over safety system, integrated side impact protection and the usual safety belts. The list is as impressive as is their functioning. The BMW Z4 handling is truly promising and in every way makes the convertible design utterly enjoyable.
Stereo & Accessories in BMW Z4
When a vehicle comes with mesmerizing exteriors, comfortable and luxurious interiors and class defining performance, the additional glamor is expected to be obvious in terms of accessories. Though the convertible design and the luxurious themselves make up to consume the passengers glee, additional accessories sure help in improving the experience further and BMW, being an international icon, sure does not intend on leaving such a section untouched. BMW Z4 comes with an advanced music system with six DVD changer along with AUX IN support. The music experience is further improved with the Hi-Fi loud speaker system which seems particularly appropriate considering the convertible design of the vehicle which implies a considerable amount of exterior noise invading the music experience. Since the interiors are equipped with the best of music systems and speakers, six of them integrated in the vehicle, this drawback no longer seems to bother. The BMW professional set of accessories along with a radio and USB audio interface complete the entire interior accessories. In order to offer a reasonable climatic control inside the vehicle when the soft top is used, BMW Z4 offers a dual air conditioning system with possibly every air related feature such as heating, air conditioning, ventilation along with heated seat and heated steering wheels so that even in the cold breezy night drives, the vehicle offers nothing less than a pleasurable experience for the driver as well as the passengers.
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Pros & Cons
BMW Z4 Pros :
Comforting design, terrific performance.
BMW Z4 Cons :
Price, the automated top can be added.