Autocar drives the 2010 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

BMW Z4 | April 30th, 2010 by 2
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The first reviews of the new BMW Z4 sDrive35is are starting to come in and BMWBLOG will also have the chance to drive the super-sporty …

The first reviews of the new BMW Z4 sDrive35is are starting to come in and BMWBLOG will also have the chance to drive the super-sporty Z4 35is in May. The sDrive35is carries under the hood an upgraded version of the popular N54 engine or in everybody’s language, the award winning six-cylinder 3.0 liter twin-turbo engine.

The tuned up engine produces 335 horsepower (340hp in Europe) at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft in “regular mode”. An electronically-controlled overboost function can briefly increase torque under full load by another 37 lb-ft. This brings the torque peak to 369 lb-ft.

With the technical details out of the way, let’s have find out about the driving impressions.

What’s it like?

Autocar drives the 2010 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

Faster, certainly. Beyond a freer flowing exhaust there are no mechanical changes to the 35is’s motor over the 35i’s. That’s okay – the turbocharged 3.0-liter ‘six was already a stonker.

The way the 35is picks up and pulls cleanly through its rev range is world-class, and now it comes with the kind of exhaust rasp that’s been missing from the line-up since the demise of the old M3. Economy and emissions are on a par with the regular 35i, too.

A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard and, save for the usual second-first hesitancy when maneuvering, it shifts cleanly.

It constitutes part of a generous standard kit-list that also includes lowered suspension with adaptive dampers and the option to choose between Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings.

Autocar drives the 2010 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

Should I buy one?

Maybe. Like other Z4s the 35is lacks the precision and poise of a Boxster, but steering feel has been slightly improved thanks a mildly re-worked rack, and there’s still fun to be had – with equal weight distribution, rear-drive and 335bhp, how could there not be?

Full review at Autocar

  • Alan

    I would take this over the boxter which is for those who cant afford a 911 , and the bmw knows better in Reliability , Luxury , Fuel Economy , Joy , Every day use , and its cheaper and much more beautiful , comfortable … and much more

  • Doug

    The article seems a fairly inadequate review of the car in any respect. You’d think that an actual test drive would have at least inspired some decent discussion of the driving experience.

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