Posted on 2019-01-23
You’re not going to believe me why I think the new Z4 is horrible. The main reason is because it’s a soft top convertible. There’s no hardtop model available as of the reports from my agents so why would you drive something where it’ll fap about when you hit high speeds?
Also, it looks like a Kia Stinger Convertible. No seriously, I promise you. Take one good look at the thing and tell me that it doesn’t look like a Kia Stinger. Go on, I’ll wait. See? I told you so.
And let’s not forget how safe the predecessor was. Even though it was a hard top, it got three stars for safety. This, on the other hand, is a targa top so you can imagine the safety rating and you’d have to wonder why it passed the inspections. Were the inspectors bribed? Could be.
photo credit to: https://www.drive.com.au
There’s 4 engines to choose from and only one gearbox, the legendary ZF 8-speed automatic. The sDrive20i and the sDrive30i both have a 2.0L Turbo-Charged Straight-4 but the latter hits sixty in just 5.4 seconds whereas the former takes 6.6 seconds.
And if you choose the sportiest version of them all, the M40, it’ll have a 3.0L Turbo- Charged Straight-6 that produces between 335 to 382 horsepower. Acceleration is 4.6 to 4.2 seconds (US only) to sixty. Still, the old Z4 was just as good and it made you feel safe; cocooned in metal rather than cloth. And, for a cloth top car, base price is $85,000. Great merciful good King George! I’d rather have an SLC300 than that.
By golly, if you spent eighty five grand on a car, you might as well get a Maserati Ghibli. The M badge on the thing doesn’t compensate for the targa top and that is the main reason why the car came to be, right?
BMW, if you’re reading this, please bring a hard top option.
Reference: BMW Z4