2019 BMW Z4 vs. Its Competition

2019 BMW Z4 Roadster
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The revived BMW Z4 slots in the same niche it left behind after 2016; it’s a rival for the ineffable Porsche 718, which now taps a turbo flat-4 for power, but hasn’t lost an iota of brilliance.

The Mercedes SLC struggles to stay relevant here, though it’s a charming hardtop convertible with strong acceleration and lots of top-down appeal.

The Nissan 370Z rides roughly and lacks a thick layer of refinement, but it handles with reverence for its namesakes.

The Q60 sports sleeker styling and updated everything, but it’s pretty much a 370Z with a stiffer sticker price.

Oh, lest we forget, the Supra: It shares nearly all its goodies with the new Z4, though it’s uncertain how Toyota will respond to the top M versions of the BMW.

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2019 Infiniti Q602019 INFINITI Q60Get Your Price2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class (Mercedes-AMG SLC43)2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC ClassGet Your Price2019 Nissan 370Z2019 Nissan 370Z
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2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T2019 Porsche 718
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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2019 BMW Z4 serves notice that in a crossover-coupe era, the top-down sports-car driving experience still is second to none.
5.8
With the 2020 Supra, Toyota doesn’t disappoint. The new Supra has agile moves, ready inline-6 power, and loads of racetrack or autocross fun.
6.2
The 2019 Infiniti Q60 is a beautiful luxury coupe that’s an alternative to staid competitors.
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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class splits its mission between top-down cruiser and top-up thrill seeker.
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The base 370Z is just about as barebones as it gets, with electronics and interior that were barely up to date in 2009, when the car was first released. Sport models add the right performance bits and don’t complicate the price tag too much.
7.2
The 2019 Porsche 718 may never be the champion of the automaker’s lineup, but it’s a champ everywhere else.
MSRP From     
$49,700N/A$40,850$48,950$30,090$56,900
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/ATwin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
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Style Name     
sDrive30i RoadsterN/A3.0t PURE RWDSLC 300 RoadsterManualCoupe
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
2N/A4222
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RoadsterN/ACoupeRoadsterCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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