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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
Z4is buyers get a magnificent-sounding and specially tuned exhaust that sings a raspy melody best experienced with the top down, of course
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door sills, gearlever, floor mats and even the driver's footrest all carry the evocative M logo
The major fault of the 'box's setup are the paddle shifters...They're confusing as hell, not to mention unnatural, cheap in hand, and look as if they've been pulled off an early 1990s Big Foot Power Wheels.
The iDrive interface, although improved from earlier versions, is still not the most intuitive.
With prices starting at $50,000 and climbing above $70,000 for a loaded model, you'd expect to find a long list of standard and available features. Fortunately, the Z4 is as well-equipped as the pricing suggests.
BMW Apps is particularly interesting (bundled with the Technology Package), bringing streaming radio services like Pandora and Stitcher as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Wiki Local access on-the-go.
The upgrades list is where things get more interesting. A la carte items include heated front seats, park distance control, automatic high beams, and BMW Concierge services.
Most of the best upgrades are bundled into packages. The Technology Package adds navigation with voice-command, real-time traffic information, BMW Online access, BMW Apps functions, enhanced USB and Bluetooth smartphone integration, and more. The M Sport Package (non-sDrive35is models) brings many performance-themed upgrades, including an M steering wheel, anthracite headliner, Adaptive M Suspension, M interior trim in Aluminum Carbon Shadow, anthracite wood trim, and a range of wheel and exterior paint options. The Premium Sound package adds premium hi-fi audio and a one-year subscription to satellite radio. A number of appearance packages can bring extended leather, unique Hyper Orange accents, and more.
Standard equipment in the Z4's cabin includes: cruise control, Bluetooth, audio with iPod/USB support, HD radio, heated mirrors, adaptive xenon headlights, keyless entry, automatic climate control, BMW Ambiance lighting, rain-sensing wipers, and more.
Like other BMWs, the Z4 has a lengthy list of performance and styling add-ons that can really hurt the Boxster-like base prices.