2011 BMW Z4 vs. Its Competition

2011 BMW Z4 2-door Roadster sDrive30i Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The current BMW Z4 isn't quite as lithe as previous versions, but it's still a lot of fun to drive.

The Audi TT, though, has gone in the opposite direction; it's still more like a real sports car, with a leaner body and rear-biased all-wheel drive handling its ample turbo power.

The masculine and composed Mercedes-Benz SLK is another alternative, now in the same weight class as the Z4, and the BMW's handling edge has largely disappeared.

The Porsche Boxster is still the choice for those who must have a pure sports car; new direct-injection engines and a dual-clutch transmission option now make the Boxster even more enjoyable than before.

Another interesting alternative—and one more for luxury loafing but still enjoyable to drive, is the Infiniti G37 Convertible.

It's hefty, but a 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 in with this class.

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7.8
The 2011 BMW Z4 is an exhilarating sports car, and one of the better choices for touring, but next to other roadsters it's pricey.
8.0
The 2011 Audi TT straddles the line between sporty cars and true sports cars--or is it the DMZ?
8.2
The Infiniti G37 Coupe and G37 Convertible wow with sexy exteriors and lavish interiors, along with excellent performance, but they don't always meet expectations for refinement.
8.4
9.0
The 2011 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be.
MSRP From    
$47,450$38,300$37,150$47,650$48,100
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I6Turbo Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class    
Two-SeaterSubcompactSubcompact2 SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster sDrive30i2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus2-Door Base RWD2-Door Roadster SLK 3002-Door Roadster
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24422
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
2 Dr Conv2 Door Cpe2 Door Coupe2 Door Roadster2 Door Convertible
Transmission    
ManualAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual