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2013 BMW Z4 Review
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The 2013 BMW Z4 sports a very classic roadster look with a two-piece retractable power hardtop. It features the traditional roadster appeal, but still boasts an elegant exterior and an exhilarating drive. Overall, it is refined and luxurious.
New For 2013
BMW gives the Z4 some modifications to enhance the appearance and add to the features list. They offer quite a few new features this year to make the ride even more luxurious, including:
- Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors
- Keyless entry
- Universal garage door opener
- Premium Hi-Fi Surround sound system
- Model sDrive35i receives 18-inch tires
The exterior of the BMW Z4 is a little more muscular than previous models. BMW has provided more graphics to the car, which makes the headlights brighter and gives them more of an ""angel eyes"" look. The shape has been enhanced to look a little more like the 3-Series. Rear headlights also get minor changes, and camouflaged fenders are now offered. Overall, exterior design is very well crafted, living up to the high expectations for the BMW brand. The BMW Z4 is impressive, with an arching design and a convertible rooftop.
Interior & Cargo
The interior is quite luxurious and helps to justify its extravagant pricing. There are not many differences between this model’s interior and the last Z4 model’s interior. Sun-reflective leather is used to keep the seats cool on a bright sunny day. Sport seating is available as well.
The car features leather-upholstered dashboards and door panels. There is also the option of heated seats and a heated steering wheel system for colder climates. The iDrive unit of the Z4 includes an optional navigation system with better graphics and readout than previous models. BMW has provided more shortcut keys and a significantly improved menu functionality all around.
Overall, the interior provides a quiet ride with plenty of functionality. In fact, the huge mass of tools and gadgets might even be overkill for some drivers. Automated climate control is now standard fare. The iDrive functionality includes storage for music files. The sound system includes hookups for iPhones, iPods, and other media devices.
Standard safety features include four-wheel disc, anti-lock brakes and emergency braking assist. Fog lights are also standard fare. The built-in stability system uses a brake-drying function to keep the discs dry during wet weather.
When it comes to airbags there are no compromise here. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags come standard in this car, along with front and rear head airbags. The Z4 even features a head-protection extension on side airbags and knee airbags that profoundly reduce the chance of injury during an impact.
The Z4 also features an automated crash notification system to make sure that there is attention and help on the way as soon as possible. In the event of an accident, the Z4 has a sensor that will activate, cutting off the fuel supply to make post-collision environments as safe as possible. There is also a tire pressure monitor packed into it, which will help to keep the tires in top-condition. Front and rear parking sensors and traction control come standard as well.
BMW Assist services come standard when having Bluetooth technology incorporated into the Z4. Unfortunately, some of BMWs more advanced features aren't available on the Z4, such as lane departure warnings, a blind spot monitor, and the rearview camera.
The sDrive28i's turbo, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder produces 240 horsepower (hp) and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine provides a great driving experience and decent fuel economy at 22/33 mpg city/highway. The Z4 can sport six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. The six-speed manual transmission makes for more power and better control at higher speeds. The great fuel economy on the four-cylinder models give the BMW Z4 the best record for fuel economy in a sports car.
The sDrive35i model features an impressively turbocharged 300-hp, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 300 lb-ft of torque. This engine provides very smooth and quick acceleration thanks to the turbo charge. It comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Dual clutch takes the driving experience to a whole new level with no difference being felt during the change of acceleration, making for an even smoother ride. For six-cylinder models, fuel economy is a little less impressive, at 19/26 mpg city/highway for the manual transmission and 17/24 mpg city/highway for the automatic dual-clutch transmission.
Moreover, the sDrive35is adds more turbo boost to provide 335 horsepower and producing 332 lb-ft of torque. It also works with a performance-calibrated version of the dual clutch automatic transmission. As for acceleration, the sDrive35is achieves zero to 60 miles per hour in as little as 4.8 seconds.
Some of the features, such as recalibrated power steering, suspension tuning, optional adaptive suspension, and rear-wheel drive, work together to make the ride as smooth as possible.
Key Competitors For The 2013 BMW Z4
- Infiniti G37
- Audi A5
- Porsche Boxster
- Nissan 370Z
- Lexus IS
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