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2011 BMW Z4 (sDrive30i, sDrive35is) Reviews, Specs, Prices

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2011 BMW Z4 (sDrive30i, sDrive35is) Reviews, Specs, Prices, what car reviews, The 2011 BMW Z4 ranks 6 out of 8 Luxury Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 33 published reviews and test drives of the BMW Z4, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.

For 2011, the BMW Z4 amps up its aggression with the introduction of a new sports-tuned trim and an M Sport Package. Last year, the BMW Z4 was named a finalist in Motor Trend’s showdown for “Car of the Year.” With this year’s upgrades, it might just take the cake.

The 2011 BMW Z4 is sleek, sexy, luxurious and powerful. Its handling dynamics aren’t as sports-oriented as class leaders, but it makes a stellar choice for folks more interested in luxury than all-out sports performance. In fact, Edmunds writes, “Sleek styling, a high-class interior and plenty of performance combine to make the 2011 BMW Z4 one of the most desirable luxury roadsters available.”

For 2011, BMW enhances the Z4’s sports performance with M Sport Packages available for both the Z4 sDrive30i and sDrive35i. Plus, BMW introduces a whole new trim — the Z4 sDrive35is, which features more power and greater sports handling. It’s unlikely that the 2011 BMW Z4’s upgrades will enable it to overtake the Porsche Boxster, but they sure makes the compromise between luxury and sports performance easier to swallow.

Z4 Performance
Test drivers report that the 2011 BMW Z4 is fast and handles exceptionally well — especially the all-new performance-tuned sDrive35is trim. Edmunds writes, “Trust us; it’s a lot cooler than its clunky name sounds, boasting 35 additional horsepower from the 35i’s twin-turbo inline-6, enhanced steering and an M Sport package that adds adaptive suspension dampers, 18-inch wheels, an aerodynamic exterior kit and sport seats.” Still, some critics complain that the 2011 BMW Z4’s steering lacks proper feedback.

Z4 Exterior
The Z4’s exterior was revised in 2009 to look sleeker and more luxurious. “Many of the polarizing features of the previous Z4′s design have been toned-down, amounting to a much more elegant look,” writes Left Lane News. While other 2011 BMW Z4 trims look just like the 2010 model, the new sDrive35is features slight exterior revisions that make it stand out. An automatic retractable hardtop is standard on all trims.

Z4 Interior
Compared to the last generation BMW Z4, the 2011 model features higher-quality materials, more passenger room and enhanced convenience features. “Overall, the interior appears to have moved decidedly more upscale, especially when equipped with the optional leather-wrapped dash” writes Automobile Magazine. BMW’s iDrive system has even been tweaked to make it less complicated.

Z4 Safety
Though the 2011 BMW Z4 hasn’t yet been crash tested, it features loads of assuring safety technology — including a Dual-airbag Supplementary Restraint System. Plus, critics point out, its windows are larger than the previous-generation Z4 — so blind spots are kept to a minimum.

Z4 Reliability
The 2011 BMW Z4 reliability score shown is the Predicted Reliability rating provided by J.D. Power and Associates. This score is based on trending the past three years of historical initial quality and dependability data from J.D. Power’s automotive studies, specifically the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and the Initial Quality Study (IQS). The 2011 BMW Z4 carries a four-year/50,000-mile warranty that includes all scheduled maintenance at no cost for the same period.

BMW Z4

2011 BMW Z4 Specs :
General
• Body Style : Convertible
• Size : Compact
• Market Segment : Near-Luxury
• Weight : 3252 lbs

Exterior
• Length : 167.0 in.
• Width : 70.5 in.
• Height : 50.8 in.
• Wheelbase : 96.3 in.
• Ground Clearance : TBD
• Front Track : 59.5 in.
• Rear Track : 61.4 in.
• Weight Distribution : 47.9/52.1
• Drag Coefficient :0.34

Interior – general
• Seats : 2
• Passenger Volume : TBD
• Cargo Volume : 8.0 cu. ft.
• Cargo Volume (Seats Folded) : TBD
Interior – Front Row
• Volume : TBD
• Leg Room : 42.2 in.
• Head Room : 39.1 in.
• Shoulder Room : 53.3 in.
• Hip Room : TBD

Propulsion
• Fuel Type : Gas
• Engine Type : 3.0L I6
• Power : 255 hp @ 6600 rpm
• Torque : 220 lb-ft @ 2600 rpm
• Transmission : 6-Speed Manual
• Highway Fuel Economy : 28 mpg
• City Fuel Economy : 18 mpg
• Forced Induction : None
• Direct Injection : No

Chassis
• Layout : Rear Wheel Drive
• Front Suspension : Strut-Type
• Rear Suspension : Multi-Link

Wheels
• Front : 17″ Aluminum
• Front Tires : 225/45 R17
• Rear : 17″ Aluminum
• Rear Tires : 225/45 R17

Trailering & Hauling
• Trailer Weight : TBD
• Payload
• Tongue Weight : TBD

2011 BMW Z4 Prices :
sDrive35is
Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $62,500
Base Invoice Price : $57,500
Destination Charge : $875

sDrive30i
Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $47,450
Base Invoice Price : $43,655
Destination Charge : $875

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