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Z4 hits the candy spot, Motoring News & Top Stories

The Z4 is BMW’s solely two-door, two-seater, front-engined and rear-wheel-drive convertible.

The newest third-generation roadster – which shares its platform with the yet-to-be-launched Toyota Supra coupe – goes again to having a comfortable prime, after the earlier Z4’s folding exhausting prime.

The new automotive is 85mm longer, 74mm wider and 13mm taller than its predecessor. Its boot is 50 per cent larger at 281 litres – whether or not the roof is up or down.

Its entrance and rear axles are new. A double-joint spring strut does its suspension duties in entrance and a five-link takes care of the rear.

Huge and detailed air ducts dominate the entrance of the physique, making the automotive extra aggressive than its predecessor. The rear finish additionally receives a pair of air ducts under elegant lights related in form to the just lately launched Eight-series.

The check automotive is the flagship M40i, with a 2,998cc straight six-cylinder churning out 340hp and 500Nm of torque with assistance from a twin-scroll turbocharger. It sprints to 100kmh in Four.6 seconds.

  • SPECS / BMW Z4 sDRIVE20i; sDRIVE30i; M40i

  • Price: $220,000; $250,000; $300,000 with out COE (estimated) 

    Engine: 1,998cc 16-valve inline-four turbocharged; 1,998cc 16-valve inline-four turbocharged; 2,998cc 24-valve inline-six turbocharged 

    Transmission: Eight-speed automated with paddle shift 

    Power: 197hp at Four,500rpm; 258hp at 5,000rpm; 340hp at 5,000rpm 

    Torque: 320Nm at 1,450-Four,200rpm; 400Nm at 1,550-Four,400rpm; 500Nm at 1,600-Four,500rpm 

    Zero-100kmh: 6.6 seconds; 5.Four seconds; Four.6 seconds 

    Top pace: 240kmh; 250kmh; 250kmh 

    Fuel consumption: 6.1 litres/100km; 6.1 litres/ 100km; 7.Four litres/ 100km 

    Agent: Performance Motors

The roadster hits the candy spot in some ways. Handling is pure enjoyable, with beautiful steadiness because the automotive sweeps alongside the Arrabida mountainside exterior Lisbon.

Its engine be aware is typical of BMW’s inline-sixes – melodiously sporty all through its rev vary because it punches by means of the automotive’s eight-speed automated transmission.

The steering wheel tells the motive force how a lot to show out and in in each nook for that excellent line.

In Sport+ mode, the suspension feels overly stiff throughout bumpy surfaces. Otherwise, it’s nicely damped.

Large quantity automotive producers intention for his or her sports activities vehicles to finish the 20.83km Nurburgring circuit in below eight minutes. The Z4 accomplished it in seven minutes 55 seconds.

I want BMW had allow us to free on the close by Estoril racing observe. I so needed to push the automotive tougher and discover its limits in a safer setting because the mountain street was slippery from rain that morning

The comfortable prime is top-notch. It insulates one from the skin world nearly like a tough prime. It additionally goes down in 10 seconds, even on the transfer at as much as 50kmh.

There is ample head and elbow room in a cabin lined with premium supplies. The fascia is just like the soon-to-be-launched Three-series.

This is the second BMW after the Eight-series with the beginning button on the centre console, a extra pure attain to fireside up the engine.

Other than the M40i, Singapore can even get the sDrive20i and the sDrive30i. These are 1,998cc inlinefour variations with 197hp/320Nm and 258hp/400Nm respectively.

The new Z4 vary is due in Singapore by the second quarter of subsequent 12 months.

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