2016 BMW Z4 Roadster

by Mike Hunter

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Making a major splash on the market these days, BMW is reinventing things to appeal to a crowded marketplace. The legendary luxury carmaker is instituting some incredible technologies, service agreements for life of ownership, and also having some fun. The latest “fun factor” is the BMW Z4 Roadster.

This top-of-the-line iteration of this topless sport vehicle — the 35is — is all the rage from BMW. It achieves a top speed of 168 mph, boasts 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, and is hoofing a 335-horsepower engine. An art form by most accounts, this roadster is not just another convertible. The elongated hood houses the BMW inline, 4-cylinder, TwinPower Turbo in the 28i edition, while the 35i is carrying the 6-cylinder engine — each of which is more fuel efficient than its predecessors and are precision machines built for speed.

The design is a head-turner for sure. This sports car is anything but all about the brand. It is a true performer and is inspired by race cars of old and the roadster movement, evoking a sense of old and new. The classic elongated hood and the steel roll bars give way to roadster-esque styling. The hard top, when up, makes the car look even sportier, and the quiet interior makes it seem like it was permanently affixed. The interior dash is a sight, with metal-lined gauges and a tinge of opulence to be sure that the esthetics of this racy BMW are all luxury.

The technology is top notch for all of the communications, navigation and audio components. A convenient touchscreen rises out of the dash and assists on all systems and applications. The three-spoke, leather-wrapped, multi-function M sport steering wheel supports controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth wireless communication for hands-free mobile phoning.

2016 BMW Z4 Roadster
City: 22 mpg
Highway: 34 mpg
0-60: 4.8 sec
Transmission: 7-speed Double Clutch
MSRP:  $66,350 (35is)

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