Video: Going topless in the BMW Z4 sDrive30i M Sport in Australia

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If not for Toyota joining forces with BMW for a one-off collaboration, the third generation Z4 might never have made it to production, and an all-new Supra would’ve remained a pipe dream. Thank heavens they got together and sorted things out.

For the third generation Z4, BMW has kept the roofing options to just one – a powered soft-top that retracts and tucks itself away in 10 seconds; the fastest in its class and you can also do it at speeds of no more than 50 km/h, which is rather cool. Without the hardtop contraption that previously ate into trunk space when folded, the new Z4’s 281-litre volume is permanent and more than adequate for a two-seater.

For Malaysia, only one variant is offered – sDrive30i in M Sport trim. It comes with all the modern trappings expected of a roadster costing half a million ringgit and is powered by the B48 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with an output of 258 hp and 400 Nm, mated to an 8-speed auto sending drive to the rear wheels. BMW has kept the Z4 fairly light at 1.5-tonnes, so accelerating from idle to 100 km/h only takes 5.4 seconds, with the top down, it feels even faster.

So-called purists may prefer a Porsche 718 Boxster for its more focused dynamics, but the Z4 is probably the more complete package for the same money at RM 479,800.


Denis Wong

Denis Wong

In the age of misinformation and spin, Denis prefers candour and a counterpoint, because the truth matters.
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