BMW’s slinky Z4 has had a recent update – there’s revised equipment including an eight-speed auto box (standard on 20i and 28i), plus some mild cosmetic refurbishing.
The sporty coupe lines can be transformed into a roadster with the flick of a switch, folding away the aluminium hardtop into the boot. Even without the spatial losses from dropping the top, the boot proved rather squidgy for practical duties such as weekly shopping for two.
However, the Z4 is first and foremost a toy to be enjoyed, so maybe practical considerations shouldn’t weigh too heavily against it. And our 28i test car really did deliver on the enjoyment front.
The four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbo punches above its weight, providing strong, responsive performance while still achieving respectable fuel economy. And the new auto is smooth shifting and always seems to offer the right gear.
Our test car was fitted with a $2900 M Sport Pack option, including 18” alloys and M Sport suspension.
Its chassis is a pleasure when punting along twisty roads, feeling communicative and with that lovely rear-drive balance and nimbleness that brings a smile to a driver’s face. It’s pretty firm in the ride, with jarring more obvious at low speeds and over gnarly blacktop. The level of tyre rumble on coarse chip road surfaces can be quite intrusive.