BMW customers should be happy to hear that the 2011 Z4 has a slew of upgrades, options, and trims to choose from. For starters, the 3.0 liter inline six twin turbo puts out 255 horsepower. If you’re not satisfied with that, choose the sDrive35is which is a 3.5 liter inline six twin turbo pumping out 335 horsepower. The 2011 BMW Z4 also has all new upholstery for the interior and more choices of exterior body-paint options.
The base model Z4 with the sDrive30i can do the 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds while the bigger brother with the sDriver35is will be able to do the 0-60 in only 4.8 seconds. Fuel economy for the base model is rated at 18/28 mpg city/highway. The all new BMW Z4 has plenty of safety features and equipment including dual-airbag supplementary restrains system, traction control, dynamic stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and steel rollover hoops.
The performance of the 2011 Z4 is not much different than the previous year but the sDrive35is will have the dual-clutch seven-speed transmission and is a model that really stands out in the Z4 family. The sDriver35is performs quite well thanks to the powerful engine, launch control technology, and tuned suspension. The car is also not as gas guzzling as one would expect because of BMW’s EfficientDyanmics technology. This technology makes the most of fuel economy with electric power steering, on-demand use of engine accessory units, and brake energy regeneration.
Other cars that are direct competition to the BMW Z4 include Porsche Cayman, Porsche Boxster, Chevrolet Corvette, and the Lotus Elise.
Model: BMW Z4 sDrive30i, sDriver35i, sDrive35is
Engine: 3.0 liter Inline 6 and 3.5 liter Inline 6
Price: Starting at $46,500 to $61,050
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