Sam Abuelsamid over at Luxist has just put up his own review of the all new 2009 BMW Z4 sDrive35i…..yes, we know, you gotta love the new BMW naming convention. So far, most of the Z4 reviews we have seen have been extremely positive and this one follows the same path.
Is the new Z4 everything we ever wanted from a roadster? We’ll soon find out on our own, but in the mean time, let’s see what Sam has to say.
Once you break free of the masses in town and head out into the countryside, the Z4 becomes a real driver’s car. The car we drove was equipped with the optional Sport package with the adaptive M suspension. In normal or comfort mode, the adaptive dampers give a comfortable ride. Switch over to sport mode and the dampers tighten up while the stability control loosens up a bit allowing the car to slide a bit more before it intervenes. When the stability control does come to the rescue it does so without jerking the car around.
With the seats set back to the rear axle you can readily feel the car drifting around corners as you approach the limits of adhesion. The Z4 may not be as hard edged as a sports car like the Porsche Boxster, but it is a lot of fun to drive and very forgiving at the limit. The paddle shifters allow the driver to select exactly the desired gear without ever worrying about a missed shift, so you can feel just like a BMW F1 driver.