2010 BMW Z4 vs. Its Competition

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The new BMW Z4 is a joy to drive, but it's not as lithe as past versions.

The same is not true for the Audi TT, which has become more sports car-like in its latest edition, with a leaner body and rear-biased all-wheel drive handling its ample turbo power.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK grows more masculine and composed in its current generation, and the Z4 is now in its weight class, so the BMW's handling edge has largely disappeared.

Those who want a true sports car should consider the Porsche Boxster, which has direct-injection engines and a new dual-clutch transmission option to match its stellar handling.

And for luxury loafing, the hefty Infiniti G37 Convertible is a great addition to the ranks, with a handsome body and quick-folding top increase appeal to its rosewood-trimmed interior-and a throaty 325-hp V-6 and seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual bringing enough performance to fit the class.

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8.0
The 2010 BMW Z4 has evolved into an exhilarating sports car with a marvelous folding top, but interior space is tight and the price is dear.
8.2
With its uprated edition and more muscular styling, the 2010 Audi TT edges closer to the border between sporty cars and true sports cars.
8.4
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has the poise and performance of a sports car and the soul of a sunny roadster.
9.0
The 2010 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be.
MSRP From   
$46,000$37,800$46,900$47,600
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I6Turbo Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class   
Two-SeaterSubcompactTwo SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Roadster sDrive30i2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium2-Door Roadster SLK 3002-Door Roadster
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2422
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Dr Conv2 Door Cpe2 Door Roadster2 Door Roadster
Transmission   
ManualNAManual w/ODManual