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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
Length4239 mm
Height1291 mm
Wheelbase2496 mm
Turning circle10.7 m
Luggage capacity310 litres
Fuel tank capacity55 litres
Warranty distanceUnlimited miles
Warranty length3 years
Service IntervalsVariable 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 typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 4
Engine size1997 cc
Power156@5000 bhp
Torque177 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / 8-spd auto
Kerb Weight1470 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £27,740
UK Insurance group33

BMW Z4 sDrive18i Roadster Performance

Max Speed (Manual)137 mph
Max Speed (Auto)137 mph
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 typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 4
Engine size1997 cc
Power184@4800 bhp
Torque199@1250 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / 8-spd auto
UK Retail pricefrom £29,840
UK Insurance group34

BMW Z4 sDrive20i Roadster Performance

Max Speed (Manual)146 mph
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

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 typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 6
Engine size2497 cc
Power204@6400 bhp
Torque184@2750 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / 6-spd auto
UK Retail pricefrom £30,405
UK Insurance group17/38

BMW Z4 sDrive23i Roadster Performance

Max Speed (Manual)151 mph
Max Speed (Auto)149 mph
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 typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 6
Engine size2996 cc
Power258@6600 bhp
Torque228@2600 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / 6-spd auto
UK Retail pricefrom £34,640
UK Insurance group39

BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster Performance

Max Speed (Manual)155 mph
Max Speed (Auto)155 mph
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 typeStraight 6
Engine size2979 cc
Power306@5800 bhp
Torque295@1300 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / 7-spd auto
UK Retail pricefrom £39,935
UK Insurance group18/41

BMW Z4 sDrive35i Roadster Performance

Max Speed (Manual)155 mph
Max Speed (Auto)155 mph
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 typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 6
Engine size2979 cc
Power340@5900 bhp
Torque332@1500 lb.ft
Transmission type7-spd auto
UK Retail pricefrom £45,815
UK Insurance group43

BMW Z4 sDrive35is Roadster Performance

Max Speed (Auto)155 mph
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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One Owner Review

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 one owner review.

  1. 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.

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