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the word 'strange' comes instantly to mind
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lots of standard metallic trim
a stylish two-door
Whether you get the coupe or convertible version, 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 universally loved, especially in light of how the flame style has matured (as represented on the 2008 BMW 3-Series).
"Edginess" is definitely an operative word when it comes to this 2008 BMW; this "two-seater displays a blend of convex and concave surfaces, coupled with deeply sculpted bodysides...the Z4 [BMW 2008] has more edges, especially at the rear, than its rounded predecessor, the Z3," according to Cars.com. Car and Driver suggests "the word 'strange' comes instantly to mind" when looking at this 2008 BMW; "what else could anyone think of the odd collection of lines, bumps, and creases woven throughout the body of this roadster? It's not pretty, nor is it ugly." ForbesAutos simply notes this BMW 2008 as "a stylish two-door for those who can afford to put pure driving pleasure over practicality." The difference in the two models starts at the doors: “The coupe's front-end styling is similar to the roadster's,” Cars.com reports, “but its fastback-style roof flows seamlessly from the windshield to the stern, ending abruptly ahead of a subtle deck spoiler.”
As is the case with many two-seater roadsters, the convertible Z4's cockpit is a bit Spartan, though the coupe version offers more; Cars.com reports that "controls are well spaced on a distinctive dashboard." Edmunds reports that the BMW 2008 roadster has "lots of standard metallic trim...wood trim is available for those seeking a more classic look." In this BMW 2008 coupe version, Kelley Blue Book says "brushed-aluminum dash and console accents are set off by a 'pearl gloss galvanic' finish on the door pulls...buyers can opt for no-cost Carbon Leather in place of the standard aluminum trim, or move up to optional polished Madeira Wood. "
The 2008 BMW Z4 won’t be ignored, but its styling remains in limbo.