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2009 BMW Z4 Front
2009 BMW Z4 Rear
2009 BMW Z4 Interior
2009 BMW Z4 Profile
BMW’s revamped Z4 is a reasonably practical daily-driver convertible, and a capable two-seat sports car for enthusiasts. Sweet six-cylinder engines, a classy interior, and a rewarding driving experience are among the compelling traits the Z4 boasts. These cars were pricey when new and hold their value well, so used-car prices also are hefty.
Redesigning of BMW’s Z4 sports car for 2009 gave it freshened styling and new powertrains.
Again seating two, the Z4 came only as a convertible with a power-retractable hardtop. The fixed-roof coupe was discontinued. Production of this sporty roadster also shifted from the United States to BMW’s home in Germany. The 2009 Z4 had about the same wheelbase length as the 2003-2008 generation, but measured about 5 inches longer overall. Two trim levels were offered, each with an inline 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. The sDrive30i engine developed 255 horsepower, while the sDrive35i held a turbocharged version that made 300 hp. Both mated with a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic was optional on the sDrive30i, while a new seven-speed automated manual was optional for the sDrive35i. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, and side airbags that provided head and torso protection. Included with the optional navigation system was BMW’s iDrive control interface. Also available was BMW’s Dynamic Drive Control, which allowed drivers to alter throttle, traction control, and steering response. When paired with the optional Adaptive M Suspension, Dynamic Drive Control also let the driver adjust suspension firmness. An optional “through-loading” system included a luggage pass-through for skis or golf bags to the passenger compartment. BMW’s option list also included front and rear obstacle detection. Z4 rivals included the Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar XK, and larger Audi A5.
Changes for 2010 were modest. HD radio now was standard, and automatic high-beam headlights newly optional. The optional Sport Package included Dynamic Drive Control, plus adjustable shock-absorber control and 18-inch run-flat tires. Leather upholstery and automatic climate control were optional on the sDrive30i and standard on the sDrive35i.
The 2011 BMW Z4 lineup gained a new, high-performance model, the 335-horsepower sDrive35is.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four making 240 horsepower replaced the 255-hp 3.0-liter inline six in the base version of the 2012 BMW Z4. The turbo four could be mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a new 8-speed automatic.
Z4 saw minor trim, but otherwise there were no major changes for 2013.
There were no changes to the Z4 for 2014.