Roadsters are not meant to have 700 horsepower, 200-mph top speeds, or quarter-mile times in the sub ten-second range. Instead, they’re meant to be enjoyed by the enthusiast who prefers early Sunday morning drives on their favorite twisty back roads, along with the occasional track day thrown in for good measure. Sure, part of owning a good sports car is the visual factor that goes along with it, but for the most part roadsters like this new 2019 BMW Z4 are meant to not only put a smile on the face of those behind the wheel, but inject the heart with a much needed shot of adrenaline after a long work week.
2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Exterior
The 2019 BMW Z4 comes to us in two distinct flavors. The Sport Line utilizes classic BMW design with front and rear fascia’s that are classically subtle. Then there’s the M Sport Package, like our tester, and with that, things get quite a bit more aggressive. The front end, for instance, sees the addition of large cooling callouts, more aggressive rocker moldings, and out back, wider hips along with an enhanced lower diffusor. The wheels also grow in size from standard 18-inch V-spoke units to large, 19-inch M Double-spoke Orbit grey alloys that wear staggered tires.
If you own a convertible — and live outside of California — then you know that the top will be up most of the year. Thankfully, the Z4 looks just as fetching with the top up, as it does with it down. Two-color options are offered, Standard Black, and what BMW calls, Moonlight Black (which is a bit lighter). The top has a glass window, and it’s is very well insulated, so at speed, it treats occupants to little in the way of wind noise or buffeting.
2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Interior
When it comes to the Z4, taller drivers need not apply. If you’re over 6’4”, then cross the BMW Z4 off your want list, as you’re simply not going to fit. If however, you’re of normal size and stature, then rejoice, as you’ll be able to take advantage of a wonderful cockpit that blends technology and usability into a package that enthusiasts will love. Finished with an array of high-quality materials, the interior of the 2019 Z4 comes to us with fully digital instrumentation. Competing 10.25-inch high-resolution screens treat both driver and passenger to full-color projections of the Z4’s information. The dash panel features a split-screen with a large speedometer and tachometer along with inset navigation and info screen. The heads up display is fantastic, and helps to make sure the eyes of the driver remain on the road ahead.
The center touchscreen interface isn’t as intuitive as I’d like, but once mastered, becomes second nature. Operation of the retractable top couldn’t be easier. It’s fast, quiet, and with the touch of a button stows in less time than it will take you to find your favorite satellite radio station on the Harman Kardon surround sound system. The electronically adjustable and heated sport seats are also fantastic and provide all-day comfort. As you can imagine trunk space is minimal, however, there is enough room for a few overnight bags just in case you decide to get away for the weekend.
2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Performance
Fitted with a 2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder that makes 254 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque, the Z4 strikes a wonderful balance between power and handling. This is a car that wants to be driven in an enthusiastic manner, and with four different drive settings available (Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro, Adaptive), it allows one to do just that. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually via either the center joystick, or the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Lay into the gas from a dead stop, and the Z4 accelerates to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. There’s zero in the way of turbo lag, with power delivery being smooth and linear all the way up to the 6,000-rpm redline.
Our tester was fitted with the optional Track Handling Package ($2,450.00 option), and in our eyes, it’s 100% worth it. Gaining the M Sport rear differential is definitely a plus, but it’s the addition of the larger M Sport rotors and large brake calipers that really make the difference. Putting the car in sport mode, and hustling down your favorite twisty road is exceptionally rewarding, especially with the top down. There are no squeaks, rattles or cowl shake, and the Z4 simply stays planted, while at the same time encouraging the driver to push just that little bit harder.
Make no mistake, this is first and foremost, a driver’s car. And while there are those who would opt for the larger 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, trust me when I tell you that the smaller four-cylinder turbo is the answer with this particular car. Believe it or not, but it’s also quite economical, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg* during combined driving.
2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Safety
BMW understands that as exhilarating as the Z4 is to drive, safety must always come first. That’s why they’ve equipped their little two-seater with the latest in safety technology. Features like Cornering Brake Control I, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, rollover protection system, Active Knee Protection, Side-impact airbags, and much more, can all be seen at BMWUSA.com.
2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Overall
The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i comes to us as a wonderful roadster and performance car, which will fill the need of those looking for open-air fun with a BMW pedigree. Not only is it fun and exciting, but also from a looks perspective, it eclipses just about everything else in the segment. So if you’re in the market for a new drop-top with some serious performance chops, the 2019 BMW Z4 just may be the car for you.
Drop by your local AutoNation BMW dealer today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $63,845.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.