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BMW Z4 Roadster

The second generation BMW Z4 Roadster is a stunning proposition. Gone are the days when a roadster meant minimal creature comforts; the new Z4 is certainly not short of luxuries and for the first time, features a folding hardtop. The elegant lines are easier on the eye than the previous model without losing its aggressive stance. With BMW’s track record, you can expect it to be a rewarding drive too.

BMW Z4 Roadster Details

Production dates2009-current
Length 4239 mm / 167 in
Height 1291 mm / 51 in
Wheelbase 2496 mm / 98 in
Turning circle 10.7 m
Luggage capacity 310 litres / 10.95 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 55 litres / 14.5 US gal
Warranty 3 years or unlimited miles
Service intervals Variable miles

BMW Z4 sDrive18i Roadster

Released in 2013, the BMW Z4 sDrive18i Roadster became the brand's new entry-level sports car. With a less powerful version of the Z4 sDrive18i's 2-litre engine, it offers identical fuel economy but a slightly lower power output. The reduced price puts it within the grasp of a few more owners who get the chance to enjoy its handsome good looks and eager handling.

BMW Z4 sDrive18i Roadster Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1997 cc
Power 156@5000 bhp
Torque 177 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 8-spd auto
Kerb weight 1470 kg / 3241 lb
UK retail price from £27,740
UK insurance group 33

BMW Z4 sDrive18i Roadster Performance

Max speed (manual) 137 mph / 220 kph
Max speed (auto) 137 mph / 220 kph
0-60mph (manual) - seconds
0-60mph (auto) - seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 7.9 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 8.1 seconds

BMW Z4 sDrive18i Roadster Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 41.5 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 41.5 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 159 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 159 g/km

BMW Z4 sDrive20i Roadster

The lightweight turbocharged 2-litre engine in the BMW Z4 sDrive20i Roadster is free-revving and fun to drive. It offers real-world performance that will be enough for most drivers and combines this with excellent fuel economy.

BMW Z4 sDrive20i Roadster Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1997 cc
Power 184@4800 bhp
Torque 199@1250 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 8-spd auto
UK retail price from £29,840
UK insurance group 34

BMW Z4 sDrive20i Roadster Performance

Max speed (manual) 146 mph / 235 kph
0-60mph (manual) - seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 6.9 seconds

BMW Z4 sDrive20i Roadster Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 41.5 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 159 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 159 g/km

BMW Z4 sDrive23i Roadster

The BMW Z4 sDrive23i Roadster was available from the E89 car's launch but was later dropped in favour of the more efficient and more powerful sDrive28i. Power for the Z4 sDrive23i comes from a smooth 2.5 litre inline 6 cylinder engine.

BMW Z4 sDrive23i Roadster Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 6
Engine capacity 2497 cc
Power 204@6400 bhp
Torque 184@2750 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 6-spd auto
UK retail price from £30,405
UK insurance group 17/38

BMW Z4 sDrive23i Roadster Performance

Max speed (manual) 151 mph / 243 kph
Max speed (auto) 149 mph / 240 kph
0-60mph (manual) - seconds
0-60mph (auto) - seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 6.6 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 7.3 seconds

BMW Z4 sDrive23i Roadster Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 33.2 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 34.4 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 199 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 192 g/km

BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster

The BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster was the mid-range model when the car was introduced. The 3 litre 6 cylinder engine is classic BMW. It produces ample power and delivers it in a smooth and tuneful way that makes the car wonderfully enjoyable to drive, particularly with the roof down. Sadly the fuel efficiency could not match that of the four-cylinder turbo in the sDrive28i and the sDrive30i was dropped in its favour.

BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 6
Engine capacity 2996 cc
Power 258@6600 bhp
Torque 228@2600 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 6-spd auto
UK retail price from £34,640
US retail price from $34,640
UK insurance group 39

BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster Performance

Max speed (manual) 155 mph / 249 kph
Max speed (auto) 155 mph / 249 kph
0-60mph (manual) - seconds
0-60mph (auto) - seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 5.8 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 6.1 seconds

BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 33.2 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 34 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 199 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 195 g/km

BMW Z4 sDrive35i Roadster

The BMW Z4 sDrive35i Roadster offers the kind of serious performance that, only a decade previously was limited to exotic super-cars. The twin-turbo 3 litre engine gets the best out of the well balanced chassis. Massive low-down pulling power makes overtaking easy and while the Z4's handling isn't quite at Porsche levels of precision it is predictable and reassuring to drive.

BMW Z4 sDrive35i Roadster Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 6
Engine capacity 2979 cc
Power 306@5800 bhp
Torque 295@1300 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 7-spd auto
UK retail price from £39,935
UK insurance group 18/41

BMW Z4 sDrive35i Roadster Performance

Max speed (manual) 155 mph / 249 kph
Max speed (auto) 155 mph / 249 kph
0-60mph (manual) - seconds
0-60mph (auto) - seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 5.2 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 5.1 seconds

BMW Z4 sDrive35i Roadster Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 30.1 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 31.4 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 219 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 210 g/km

BMW Z4 sDrive35is Roadster

The BMW Z4 sDrive35is Roadster is the performance model in the range. The twin turbo 3 litre engine has huge amounts of power and unsurprisingly makes the Z4 thrilling to drive. Handling is great to thanks to standard equipment including a double clutch automatic gearbox, the M Sports Package, the M Aerodynamics Package and adaptive M Suspension featuring electronically controlled dampers.

BMW Z4 sDrive35is Roadster Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type
Engine capacity 2979 cc
Power 340@5900 bhp
Torque 332@1500 lb.ft
Transmission type 7-spd auto
UK retail price from £45,815
UK insurance group 43

BMW Z4 sDrive35is Roadster Performance

Max speed (auto) 155 mph / 249 kph
0-60mph (auto) - seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 4.8 seconds

BMW Z4 sDrive35is Roadster Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (auto) 31.4 mpg
CO2 emissions (auto) 210 g/km

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2 Owner Reviews

Do you drive a BMW Z4 Roadster? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This BMW has 2 owner reviews.

  1. Tony Prichard Tony Prichard says:

    I’ve owned my 2.5 Sdrive since purchasing new
    In 2009. It has been totally reliable and faultless
    and a pleasure to own and drive. Stunning looks,
    a head turner that I cannot recommend enough.

  2. Tiger7910 Tiger7910 says:

    My 2015 Z4 E89 2.0 M-Sport Automatic is the best car I have ever driven. I was 77 when I bought it ! By the time you have money to burn – the flame has almost gone out ! I have an X1 and a Z3 besides and use the Z4 (Valencia Orange) on fine days and attending BMW Car Club events etc. – I am looking forward to the BMW Welsh Weekend at Llandridnod Wells in June and the BMW Festival at Gaydon. I thoroughly recommend the Z4 as one of the best sports cars ever produced ! I am surprised that BMW do not advertise it to increase sales ? A new model the Z5 will replace it this year, and having a canvas roof to save production costs, it will probably be no way as good as the current E89 Model . I get an average of 36.3 MPG which is below the 41 MPG advertised but is very good for a car with its performance. A two year old car with under 10,000 mile is almost half the new price and will drop further when the Z5 is released. Snap up a bargain – you will not regret it !

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