This company in India is a popular automaker that is known for offering stylish and luxury vehicles. It is a fully owned subsidiary of German car maker and established itself in all over the world. Most of their models have mighty engines are developed to produce an impressive performance on our road conditions. Among these, BMW Z4 Roadster is a classy sports car, which is doing pretty well in the automobile market. The manufacturer has last updated it in the year 2013 and since then it is being sold in two variants. Among those, the 35i is the entry level, while the 35i DPT is the top end trim. Under the bonnet, both these versions have the same 3.0-litre, V6 twinpower turbo petrol drive train, with a displacement capacity of 2979cc. This drive train is mated with a seven speed sport automatic transmission gearbox. However, its one of the most important feature is the presence of BMW Driving Experience Control with three modes. These are Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Its braking mechanism is proficient and its all wheels have a set of ventilated disc brakes. It is augmented by anti lock braking and electronic brake force distribution. Both its axles are equipped with an adaptive suspension to keep it well balanced. Several changes are made both to its exteriors and interiors in order to give it a refreshed look. The high end is bestowed with exclusive 'Design Pure Traction' package with various styling aspects. The line package include Alcantara leather upholstery, metal weave finisher and anthracite individual headliner. In addition to this, it also has Valencia Orange body paint option, which gives it an astonishing look. It has a bold radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment. Its large headlight cluster has high intensity lamps and side turn indicator. The large slanting forward bonnet has a few expressive character lines and it is embossed with a prominent logo at the tip. Apart from this, its taillight cluster and door mirror caps have received a minor tweak. The internal section gets a slightly modified dashboard with a new instrument panel. Its steering wheel has also received a new design. It has brake energy regeneration system to charge the battery by using the energy gained during braking. It electric power assisted steering column uses the power extracted by brake energy regeneration unit and thereby, it augments mileage. It has the BMW ConnectDrive with 650watt HiFi sound system, an iDrive unit with 22.3cm color display, and park distance control. The firm has given utmost importance to passenger protection by incorporating it with four airbags, roll-over stability protection and an electronic immobilizer including crash sensor. It is placed against the likes of Porsche Boxster and Mercedes Benz SLK Class in the country's automobile market.
It has neatly sculptured exteriors with modernistic cosmetics all over. To start with the front profile, it has a radiant headlight cluster with high intensity bi-xenon headlamps and indicators. It has four LED day time running light rings for giving it a distinct appeal. In the center, it has a signature kidney bean shaped radiator grille treated with chrome. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper featuring a pair of air ducts and a wide air dam. Its air ducts have a thin chrome strip, which makes it look more classy. It is flanked by a couple of fog lamps that gives out bright light. The slanted forward bonnet has a total of four expressive lines and these compliment the iconic logo embedded on the hood. Coming to its side profile, it is extremely stylish thanks to the masculine wheel arches for giving it a distinct look. They are fitted with a set of stylish 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with logo embedded on it. These rims are covered with tubeless radial tyres that gives a superior grip. Its front wheel arches have an air vent with chrome strip and integrated with LED blinkers. The door handles and the ORVM caps have been treated in body color. These outside mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn LED indicator. It also has heating as well as memory function for increasing their convenience. It has a curvy rear profile and yet it has a sporty appeal. Its small tailgate has a spoiler and LED third brake lights. It is decorated with its name lettering and insignia to emphasize its exclusiveness. Surrounding this is the aggressive taillight cluster with LED turn indicators and signature brake lighting pattern. The bumper houses a pair of round shaped exhaust pipes, which are treated in chrome. All these put together makes it one of the best in this segment.
This Roadster has a total length of 4239mm and a decent width of 1790mm (excluding outside mirrors). Its total height is measured at 1291mm, which is good for this segment. Whereas, the ground clearance at just 130mm. On the other hand, it is built with a wheelbase of 2496mm.
The firm has skilfully decorated its internal cabin with the seating capacity of two people. These seats are covered with premium quality leather upholstery and provides ample leg space for both occupants. Its base option can be personalized with four different color schemes like Black, Canberra Beige, Coral Red and Walnut for the buyers. The 35i DPT has the option to customize it with black and orange color schemes. The metal weave finisher inside enhances its elegance. Its cockpit has individual sport seats with electrical adjustment facility and memory setting. The sleekly sculptured dashboard is attractive and houses some advanced equipments. It has a large storage box with cooling effect, an AC unit and an infotainment unit. It has a beautiful central fascia with a gearbox console. The steering wheel has three spokes and mounted with multi-functional switches for calls and audio controls. Its elegance is enhanced by the ambient lighting package, which illuminates the dashboard and door panels. There is smokers package, wind deflector, lumbar support for seats, gearshift paddles and center armrest with stowage compartment.
As far as comfort is concerned, it is blessed with some innovative aspects to make the drive enjoyable. The dual zone automatic air conditioner helps in regulating the temperature inside. It has a multifunctional steering wheel mounted with controls for the convenience of driver. It is incorporated with electrically adjustable seats with memory function for providing good support as well. The 35i DPT has Design Pure Traction package enhances the feel inside. There are foldable outside mirrors with automatic anti dazzle function and the rain sensing wipers improves their convenience. It has the BMW ConnectedDrive featuring apps, Hi-Fi music system, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and a few others. Its iDrive has a 22.3 cm color display, DVD drive and has a hard drive for maps as well as audio files. There are park distance control, voice control, push button start/stop, wind deflector, gearshift paddles, smokers package and many others. All these put together makes it one of the finest models in this segment.
This impressive roadster is blessed with a good cabin space and has two seats for better comfort. It has ample leg room owing to its large wheelbase, whereas the head and shoulder space is also sufficient. It has a centrally mounted fuel tank with a holding capacity of 55 litres. It has a boot space of 310 litres, which measures around 180 litres with the roof down.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Its 2979cc drive train is mated with a seven speed dual clutch, sport automatic transmission gearbox. It allows to breach the 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill in just about 5.1 seconds. At the same time, it can reach an incredible speed of approximately 240 kmph.
Engine and Performance
Under the bonnet, its 3.0-litre petrol mill with a displacement capacity of 2979cc. It carries six cylinders and twenty four valves. This turbo motor receives fuel through a direct injection that allows to generate a mileage of 10.37 Kmpl and CO2 emissions of 229.14 g/km. It is capable of producing power of 306bhp at 5800rpm. At the same time, it can yield a peak torque output of 400Nm in the range of 1300 to 5000rpm. It is skillfully coupled with a seven speed, double clutch automatic transmission gearbox, which helps in smooth shift of gears.
The V6 mill has the current generation direct fuel injection technology. It has ECO start/stop function helps to improve mileage by switching off the engine when it is at idle. As claimed by the manufacturer, it can produce 10.37 Kmpl on the highways and this goes down to 5.5 Kmpl within the city limits.
Power of BMW Z4
This six cylinder based motor comes with two turbochargers. This helps to pump out 306bhp at 5800rpm and results in a pounding torque output of 400Nm between 1300 to 5000rpm.
Stereo & Accessories
It has an infotainment unit to keeps it occupants entertained throughout their journey. The BMW ConnectDrive has a lot of interesting aspects. It has BMW Live and Bluetooth with handsfree as well as USB connectivity. It allows audio streaming and voice control, and contact photo display as well. This free application gives news updates from all around the world besides providing access to some popular social networking sites. The iDrive with 22.3cm color display has several controls for convenience. It has a hard drive for maps as well as audio files. Besides these, it has the navigation professional with a large and high resolution color display. The advanced system with an innovative interface concept, helps in an efficient driving by providing 3D map navigation. The park distance control provides good assistance to the driver when parking it. The ultrasonic sensors measure the distance between car and obstacle and with an acoustic signal, it gives a warning and minimizes the possibility of any damage. In terms of accessories, it has sophisticated lights package, wind deflector, velour floor mats and seat upholstery in different color options. The buyers can also opt for the original accessories to customize it as per their requirement. This list of products are a rear carrier, sporty grille in black and star spoke 276 light alloy wheels in reflex silver with 17 and 19 inch rims to select from. The buyers can even customize it with aluminum pedal covers, cup holders in the center console, all weather floor mats and a few others.
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Braking & Handling
This series is blessed with a reliable braking mechanism. All its wheels are equipped with ventilated disc brakes, which are highly efficient and works precisely. This is further assisted by anti lock braking and electronic brake force distribution to help boost this mechanism. The cornering brake control reduces the chance of instability, which can take place when applying brakes whilst cornering. It has traction control programs as well. Its axles are equipped with an adaptive suspension that helps in keeping it well balanced. On the other hand, its steering column with servotronic assistance ensures good response and makes maneuvering easier for the driver even in heavy traffic. It is tilt adjustable and supports a minimum turning radius of 10.6 meters.
Safety & Security
Both the variants in this model lineup are bestowed with many protective aspects that ensures maximum security of its passengers as well as vehicle. It has company's condition based service that monitors several maintenance systems and alerts when service is required. Then, there is electronic differential lock that helps in smooth and comfortable starts even on slippery road surfaces. It comes with an advanced roll over protection system that includes sensors. By detecting an impending roll over, these activate high strength roll bars that are integrated behind the seats and ensures security in case of an accident. It also includes an electronic immobilization device that safeguards the vehicle from theft, while avoiding unauthorized entry into it. There are front and side airbags available for driver and co-passenger, which helps in minimizing the risk injury in case of a collision. It has anti-lock braking system that prevents it from skidding, while keeping in under the control. The cornering brake control is an advanced safety system that reduces the chance of vehicle's instability, which can take place when applying brakes whilst cornering. Other key aspects like dynamic stability control and traction control programs are also available that adds to its safety even in adverse driving conditions. Besides these, it includes run flat tyres with reinforced side walls. This sports car is blessed with a rigid body structure that has side impact protection beams, which will assist in minimizing the impact of a collision and protects its occupants. There are three point seat belts available at all seats, which come with pyrotechnic belt tensioner and belt force limiters for enhanced protection. Its stylish instrument panel is also of assistance, which keeps the driver alert by displaying various notifications like door ajar, seat belt warning and a few others. Apart from these, the company has also given it a few other aspects, which adds to the safety quotient. The list includes warning triangle with first aid kit, run flat indicator, a high mounted stop lamp, centrally mounted fuel tank and crash sensors.
Its neatly crafted wheel arches are fitted with an elegant set of multi spoke, 8 J x 18 inch light alloy wheels, which makes its side profile look more eye catching. The front wheels are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 225/40 R18, and the rear ones have 255/35 R18 sized tyres that provide a strong grip on all surfaces. Furthermore, it has a spare wheel along with necessary tools in the boot compartment, which are useful for changing a flat tyre.
1. Spacious interiors with premium materials.
2. Vital safety aspects ensures maximum protection to the occupants.
3. Handling and braking mechanisms are quite proficient.
4. Decent acceleration and pick up.
5. Sleek and lustrous body line with various styling elements add to its overall external appearance.
1. Higher price tag is a big minus point.
2. There is no diesel option to choose from.
3. Low mileage is a bit disappointing.
4. Turning radius is too high, which is a minus point.
5. Cost of maintenance and spares are rather expensive.
BMW Z4 price
|77.5 Lakh ||77.5 Lakh ||77.5 Lakh ||77.5 Lakh ||77.5 Lakh ||79.05 Lakh ||77.5 Lakh
|35i DPT |
|78.5 Lakh ||78.5 Lakh ||78.5 Lakh ||78.5 Lakh ||78.5 Lakh ||80.07 Lakh ||78.5 Lakh