"Awkwardly named" is a kind way to refer to the 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is, which despite its fifteen-syllable name holds just one whole word--and even that is sandwiched between abbreviations and acronyms. But "fast" is a more accurate way to describe it. You might even think of it as the unofficial new-gen Z4 M. Just don't do it when anyone from BMW is around.
With 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque on tap, the smallish roadster packs plenty of punch. It even has some reserves, with an overboost function allowing brief stints at 369 pound-feet of torque under full load. The end result is a 60 mph sprint time of 4.7 seconds. Like all BMWs, the 2011 Z4 sDrive35is is electronically limited to 155 mph. Ultimately, though its performance is excellent, it's not as hardcore as a true M model would be.
The Z4 sDrive35is's rear wheels are driven by BMW's seven-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission, while the full M Sport treatment is also standard equipment, including a more aggressive body kit, lower suspension setup and electronic shock absorbers.
When you're done ogling the live pics, check out the preview story for the full details on the 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is.