2008 BMW Z4 Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director
July 6, 2008

The 2008 BMW Z4 coupe and roadster are fun cars, but the M versions are truly memorable.

TheCarConnection.com's editors read the latest reviews on the new 2008 BMW Z4 to write this comprehensive review. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove different BMW Z4s, including the roadster, coupe, and M versions, to offer you a definitive opinion on this Bimmer two-door. Furthermore, this review compares the 2008 BMW Z4 with other cars in its class to give you the best advice even when other reviews present conflicting opinions.

Whether you get it with a fixed roof or one that folds, the 2008 BMW Z4 is an athletic-looking two-seater. The Z4's controversial "flame surfacing" style created by BMW lead designer Chris Bangle still isn't our favorite, especially in light of how the flame style has matured (as represented on the 2008 BMW 3-Series). Some editors at TheCarConnection.com feel the Z4 looks best in its coupe form, where the aggressiveness seems to fit better.

The 2008 BMW Z4 can come with three completely different six-cylinder engines packed under its long hood. The base Z4 3.0i gets an inline six-cylinder engine that packs 215 horsepower, while the 3.0si includes a 255-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six. Available transmissions include a standard six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The high-performance M Roadster and hatchback coupe are defined by the 330-horsepower, 3.2-liter inline-six under their hood. With this engine, 0-60 mph comes up in around five seconds, and the Z4 keeps on running up to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

This small two-seater is loaded with safety equipment, including Dynamic Stability Control, traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, rollover protection, front and side airbags, and active knee protection. Run-flat tires eliminate the need to carry a spare, thus saving weight in the process.

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For the data minded, the 2008 BMW Z4 coupe with a full steel roof weighs only 22 pounds more than the soft-top roadster. The convertible top, by the way, goes up and down with the touch of one button, automatically unlatching and relatching.

To enhance performance and traction, a limited-slip differential comes standard across the line; the 3.0i adds amenities like a Carver audiophile stereo system and heated windshield washers. An available Sport Package includes a tauter suspension and larger wheels and performance tires. But take our word for it, there's nothing like driving an M-Series car, so if you're looking for a memorable drive in a car other enthusiasts will respect, pony up for an M coupe or roadster.

The Z4 is built at BMW's modern facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Customers can arrange to have their 2008 Z4 delivered directly at the factory.

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It is well built. Performance is good, I know BMW makes a faster model, but where are you going to go? The amenities are beyond what you would expect from a compact convertible. I am pleased, surprised, and... + More »
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