Robert Barry enjoys the open-topped driving experience that only a BMW roadster can deliver.
It’s nice to know in this age of the SUV and all its crossover/coupe derivatives, that there are some manufacturers who still know how to make an old-fashioned, wind-in-the-hair, soft-topped sports car.
Enter stage left the BMW Z4 M40i roadster. A modern interpretation of the classic two-seat 3-litre, six-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive sports car that looks stunning and delivers on the brand’s promise of the ultimate driving machine.
There’s only one Z4 on offer in New Zealand being the M40i which provides BMW M accoutrements including adaptive suspension, sports seats, multifunction sports steering wheel, aerodynamic package, and a sports braking packages.
It’s loaded with all the usual BMW driver assistance, safety, entertainment, communication and information technologies including ConnectedDrive with intelligent emergency call and real-time traffic information.
Thanks to the driving experience control with Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Adaptive modes, the Z4 offers the ability to roll from comfortably cruising down the city boulevard, to frugal long-distance commuting and mixing up with the best of them at a closed-circuit track day.
Manually downshifting the eight-speed automatic while in sport mode results in the most spine tingling sound from the six-cylinder turbocharged engine through the twin exhaust pipes.
A winding rural road shows the Z4 in its best light, this is a machine that is honed to tackle every tight corner with the engine, steering, and suspension systems, working in perfect harmony to deliver an ear-to-ear smile on the driver’s face.