2021 BMW Z4 vs. Its Competition

2021 BMW Z4
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The Z4 is nearly on its own as a front-engine, rear-drive roadster with considerable power now that the Corvette has finally gone mid-engine.

Still, shop the two.

The ‘Vette will get more attention, and it’s ultimately the better track car by a wide margin, but its swagger isn’t for everyone.

The Porsche 718 Boxster is way more subtle, but also way more expensive equivalently equipped.

Jaguar’s F-Type sticks with traditional roadster values, though more powerful versions send power to all four wheels.

Underneath, the Z4 shares its chassis and its powertrains with the coupe-only Toyota Supra, one you should definitely have on your list as well.

Mazda’s Miata costs half as much as the Z4 but delivers at least three-quarters as much driving fun, we say.

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2021 Jaguar F-Type R first drive2021 Jaguar F-Type
2021 Porsche 718 GTS 4.02021 Porsche 718
2021 Toyota Supra2021 Toyota Supra
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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The 2021 BMW Z4 begs for a sunny-day romp like few other cars.
Dollar for dollar, the $59,995 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is the best performance value around.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type coupe or convertible looks like nothing else on the road, if that helps justify the price.
The Porsche 718 is a joy to drive in any form and additional performance equipment makes it a track star.
The 2021 Toyota Supra gains a less powerful, more intriguing turbo-4 edition.
Affordable fun remains the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s calling card, and we can’t get enough of it.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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