BMW changed its formula for the Z4 when it introduced a new generation in the spring of 2009. Gone was the popular roadster’s low weight and bare essentials design, replaced instead with a more luxurious grand tourer look and feel as well as an automated folding metal roof.
It’s clear that BMW was targeting buyers of the Mercedes-Benz SLK, which has always come with such a roof, but at the same time the automaker hasn’t forgotten what made the Z4, and the Z3 before it, so popular in the first place.
The proportions over the years has remained much the same since the original Z3, with a long, rakish hood, very short overhangs and a wide tight two-seat cabin distinguishing the line. The other feature that’s remained is the availability of the automaker’s beloved straight-six engines.
In fact, the 2011 BMW Z4 debuts a brand new sDrive35is model
, which packs a potent twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine with no less than 335 horsepower and 332...