2015 BMW Z4

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2015 BMW Z4
Pros: Surprisingly generous legroom for a 2-seat sports car; invigorating acceleration in sDrive35i and sDrive35is models; true sports-car agility with BMW-typical overall refinement

Cons: Stiff, jittery ride, especially in sDrive35is model; minuscule cargo space; steep price premium for sDrive35is

CG Says: The BMW Z4’s model-year updates for 2015 center on the mid-line sDrive35i model: It now comes standard with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and no longer offers a 6-speed manual. Other than that, the Z4 sees only minor trim-color changes this year. Slick and powerful, the Z4 does pretty much everything you could ask from a sporty 2-seat convertible. The 6-cylinder engines are a delight to rev, and handling is first rate. Though its pricing is not out of line when compared to other similar German performance convertibles, there are more compelling, less expensive alternatives right in BMW’s own stable. Still, if you think the Z4 best fits your lifestyle, we would stick with the sDrive35i. Though more powerful, the sDrive35is does not deliver enough extra performance to justify its much steeper price.
The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacturer Germany
Base Prices sDrive28i: $49,900
sDrive35i: $57,900
sDrive35is: $66,750
Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34
Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24
Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
335
Std. Transmission
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24
2015 BMW Z4
2015 BMW Z4