The 2005 BMW Z4 marks the German automaker’s fun, sporty roadster. This car aims for true performance, and it only takes a few minutes behind the wheel to understand why. Equipped with either a 2.5-liter or 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine, this two-seater has plenty of power to enchant even the most particular driver. The 2.5-liter engine offers 184 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the 3.0-liter, inline-six generates 225 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. BMW offers these cars with plenty of transmission choices as well. The five-speed manual remains the standard option, though a six-speed manual is available on the 3.0i edition. In test drives, all of the available transmission systems round out the powertrain nicely.
Some complain that the body style of the Z4 looks less than impressive and doesn’t have the appeal of the old Z3 body design. Its small, sleek design takes the road by storm. The model comes in a wide variety of colors with plenty of features to make the Z4 roadster an impressive choice.
Overall, the 2005 BMW Z4 suits the serious driver who wants performance, good looks, and safety. The car provides a pleasurable drive and a fun option.
Body Styles: roadster
Engines: 2.5-liter six-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: BMW Z4 2.5i, BMW Z4 3.0i
For the 2005 model year, BMW choose to make some change to the Z4. The Convenience package is no longer available; however all of the features in it either become standard or join other packages. Leather upholstery only remains available on the 2.5i as a standalone feature, and cruise control and fog lights come standard. The 3.0i features automatic climate control as a standard feature. Both models now have more black accents in the cabin and white indicator lights along the dash. As a new interior choice, light poplar wood accents are available as well.
The 2005 BMW Z4 looks completely different from the Z3. This roadster lacks something of the sexy, sporty look of the Z3 and is a flame surfaced exterior design. With its rounded front end and grille the Z4 has an impressive look that attracts a great deal of attention. The body slopes back with modern, sleek lines.
The 2005 BMW Z4 classifies as a roadster and as such doesn’t have a great deal of space in the cabin. BMW makes the right choice and keeps things simple. The seats are bolstered and comfortable, while the dash with the gauges and controls keeps things clean and orderly. This car features metal accents, though BMW does offer the option of wood grain trim for a more elegant and refined look. The convertible tops prove easy to use inside the cabin, whether manual or power operated. One cannot expect too much space in the trunk, but the Z4 does offer nine cubic feet of cargo space.
Performance & Handling
The Z4 design comes from a driver’s dream. This car has excellent handling and performance capabilities. Either six-cylinder engine provides plenty of power, though really serious drivers may prefer the three-liter just for a bit more power. The various transmission options hold their own as well. The ride quality feels very smooth, though the Z4 with the Sport Package may make the ride too firm. This car takes to the back roads and takes challenging twists and turns with ease. It can sound noisy on the highway, but once it enters its element again, things quiet down and the fun begins.
While the 2005 Z4 focuses on fun and performance, BMW doesn’t forget about safety. This car comes fully loaded with all kinds of safety features such as four-wheel anti-lock brakes, rollover protection, and side airbags. The Z4 also has an incredibly advanced stability control system and run flat tires. The passenger seat comes equipped with child seat anchor points. Both seats have active knee protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW Z4 2.5-liter six-cylinder: 18/26 mpg city/highway
BMW Z4 3.0-liter six-cylinder: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Tons of safety features
- Excellent powertrains
- Incredible handling and performance
You Won't Like
- Overly firm ride
- Too much wind and road noise
- Awkward styling
Fun to drive and plenty of luxury.
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