BMW Z4 (2003–2009)

Model History

March 2003

Re-styled, re-suspended Z car handles much better than Z3. Of the the range the one to have is the 3.0i with BMW's 231bhp 3.0 litre straight six and six-speed manual gearbox, giving it a top speed of 155mph and 0-60 in 6.7 seconds.

Next down is a 192bhp 2.5 straight six which will do 146mph. Optional SSG sequential manual gearbox available on both. Also a 143bhp 2.0 litre Brit-built four in autumn 2003 and a 3.2 litre 345bhp M engine.

Z4 has perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Runflat tyres standard, leaving 260 litres of boot space capable of taking two golf bags. Pushbotton 'Dynamic Drive Control' allowing driver to select sportier response from accelerator and steering. 'Fade-free' high performance brakes. DSC III traction control. Electric folding soft-top with glass rear window.

2.5 8.9 l/100km, 216g/km CO2, 2.5 priced £26,650.

3.0 9.1 l/100km, 221g/km CO2, priced £30,850.

October 2003

170bhp 2.2 six from October 2003 at £24,225 OTR offers 0-60 in 7.4 seconds, top speed 140mph. Manual 5-speed standard. 5-speed Steptronic auto £1,350 extra (back to change up; forward to change down).

April 2004

300bhp Alpina Roadster S version from February 2004. 362Nm torque.6-speed manual ZF box. 172mph and 0-60 in 5.1. Combined mpg 28.5, CO2 238g/km. Alpina Z4 has special iron block 3.2 litre straight six. Very quick.

May 2005

Z4 4 cylinder 150bhp 2.0i launched May 2005. Does 0-60 in 7.9, top speed 136mph. New 16-valve engine is the same 1,995cc unit featured in the BMW 1 Series and BMW 320i Saloon and produces an impressive 150bhp at 6,200rpm and 200Nm of torque at 3,600rpm, from £22,755.

Very attractive coupe version shown at Frankfurt show 2005, in production 2006.

March 2006

Range refreshed for 2006

Z4 M has 343hp, does 0-60 in 4.8, top speed limited to 155.

Z4 3.0si develops 265hp at 6,600rpm and 315Nm of torque at 2,750rpm, does 0-60 in 5.5, top speed limited to 155. 32.8mpg combined.

Z4 2.5si has 218hp and 250Nm of torque, does 0-60 in 6.2, top speed 149, 33.6mpg combined.

Z4 2.5i has 177hp and 230Nm torque.

Z4 2.0i is 1,995cc four with 150bhp and 200Nm torque. Does 0-60 in 7.9 and tops out at 137.

All have 6 speed manual. On 2.5si and 3.0si six-speed auto with paddleshifts is optional.

March 2008

BMW Z4 Roadster 2.0i Edition Exclusive and Edition Sport models from March 2008: Four-cylinder open-topped Z4 customers also benefit from added value and financial benefits of an Edition model. Buyers are able to choose between the Z4 2.0i Edition Exclusive and Edition Sport models. Uniquely, Z4 Edition models will be produced in limited numbers, with less than 300 planned in 2008.

Z4 Edition Exclusive models are offered in a range of metallic colour choices; Sapphire Black, Stratus Grey, Space Grey, Titan Silver or Montego Blue. This is complemented by BMW’s Individual upholstery in full Soft Nappa leather. BMW Individual interior trim in high-gloss Piano Black and an upgraded 17-inch Star-spoke alloy wheel round off the offering. The Z4 Edition Exclusive model costs an additional £1,045 representing a customer saving of £1,835.

Customers who enjoy more sports-oriented roof-down driving will select the Z4 2.0i Edition Sport. The Edition Sport is available in a choice of metallic colours; Carbon Black, Black Sapphire, Space Grey, Titanium Silver and Montego Blue. And the sporting exterior design of the Z4 matches the interior with the Edition Sport models featuring BMW Individual Bi-colour New England leather covering the sports seats as well as Individual Bi-colour interior trim. The model is rounded off by visually-dynamic 18-inch Composite Star-spoke light-alloy wheels. The Z4 2.0i Edition Sport model costs just £775 more than the ‘standard’ Sport model but adds nearly £2,500 of options to the car.

What does a BMW Z4 (2003 – 2009) cost?

Contract hire from £442.98 per month