The first BMW Z4 test drives are starting to come out. With a couple of weeks left before the first Z4 models will hit the dealers’s showrooms, many auto publications are preparing their reviews. This week, the folks at Car and Driver tell us their findings on the new 2009 BMW Z4.
Although the new roadster has been praised for its edgy and ultramodern styling, the front end seems exaggeratedly long—it’s reminiscent of a hippopotamus head. Granted, it’s the best looking hippo we’ve ever seen, but the long-hood proportions don’t help when the road takes a sharp bend. The length of this Bimmer’s schnoz makes it feel heavy, and it forces the driver to sit far back in the wheelbase. It creates a disconnected feeling between pilot and chassis, with the car tending to bite at the front end and get squirrelly at the rear.
Even optioned with the Sport package ($1900)—which includes sport seats, high-performance run-flat tires, and the M adaptive suspension that can be cycled between Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus modes—the Z4 yielded a significant amount of body roll and exhibited vague steering (for a BMW)—even in the most aggressive setting. A surprisingly lackluster 0.83 g on the skidpad was the result, despite our car being equipped with the optional 18-inch wheels and 225/40 front and 255/35 rear performance tires.