Having driven the new Z4 for over 500kms on a weekend getaway let me tell you five reasons that make the Z4 an absolute joy for that much needed weekend getaway!
The new Z4 is simply stunning to look at with a two-door convertible profile, simple flowing lines and intricate pair of headlamps and tail lamps, but what draws your attention immediately is the starlike speckled kidney grille in that gorgeous shade of red.
- Power Drive
Featuring a 3.0-litre straight-six engine with 340 hp of power and all of it going to the rear wheels, it simply can get you across town in no time with amazing levels of grip coming in from those 19inch alloy wheels. Revving this engine to 6,500 rpm and you’re rewarded with an endless surge of power hitting the 100 km/h mark in under 4.5 seconds! That’s sports car territory but the ride and suspension tuning make it suitable for cruising more than flat-out performance.
With a new fabric roof replacing the old hard top roof design, the new Z4’s roof can be collapsed with a touch of a button even while on the move up to 50 km/h. And with the winter-like weather at this time of the year – what better time to put that roof down and experience miles and miles of wind in your hair driving with your partner! And do note, you’ve got no room for the kids!
You would think that a convertible design wouldn’t leave much boot space, but open the Z4’s boot and you’d be surprised. It’s a well designed useable space to store one large bag and a few small bags, just enough for that exciting trip you have been dreaming about!
No trip can be fun without great music – and the Z4 impressed me thoroughly in this regard. With its crisp sounding speaker system consisting of 10 loudspeakers, it can dole out tunes with the right bass or treble you want to listen blaring over the road noise and honking trucks! Also, BMW’s iDrive with touchscreen functionality, Apple CarPlay and BMW assistant takes this entertainment system to a newer league with great usability and clear graphics.
But there are three annoying things about the Z4 that makes it a pain in a city like Mumbai
With just room for 1 driver and 1 passenger and the roof down, you end up inhaling all the fumes, dust and noise pollution in our city’s noisy environments. Plus given peak summers and monsoons in our country, you are not going to get a chance to put the roof down for almost four to six months of the year!
- Seating position
Being a sports coupe, you don’t sit as low as you would have in the old Z4 but it’s still a low seating position with a long bonnet ahead of you. It’s a slightly firm ride in comfort mode and given our city’s worsening traffic conditions and uneven roads it’s a car not suited for those short city commutes.
- Attraction or Unwanted Attention
With the new Z4’s stunning looks, passerby’s have stopped to take selfies with the car, at signals bikers want to race with you and at some restaurants, people will come up to inquire about the car while you could be in the middle of a romantic conversation! So, all in all, unwanted attention for some but grabbing eyeballs for some others.
There is no denying the allure of this deep red coloured low slung beauty with its improved dynamics and a sports cruiser attitude. At ₹78.9 lakh ex-showroom, it’s got little competition for itself and someone looking for the perfect weekend drive with no room for kids – there seems little to choose from.
Engine: 3.0-litre, six cylinder
Power: 340 hp
Torque: 500 Nm
Transmission: 8-speed Steptronic Sport
Price: ₹78.9 lakh (ex-showroom)