VIDEO: We took the BMW Z4 sDrive30i out in Palm Springs

BMW Z4, Test Drives, Videos | April 1st, 2019 by 9
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I recently wrote up a review on the BMW Z4 sDrive30i, which I had personally test driven during BMW’s Test Fest a couple of months …

I recently wrote up a review on the BMW Z4 sDrive30i, which I had personally test driven during BMW’s Test Fest a couple of months back. It was one of the more fun and entertaining cars I’d driven that day and it showed me that the more powerful, and significantly more expensive, Z4 M40i wasn’t necessarily always the better option. In this video review, I expand on that a bit and try and give you a more accurate idea of what it’s like to drive the new Z4.

Reading about how a car drives and watching a video about how a car drives are two very different animals. When you read about it, you just have to trust my words. But when you watch this video, you get to see it, hear it and watch it drive in real time.

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Admittedly, the driving isn’t too thrilling in this video but blame unlucky circumstances for that. BMW only had Z4s available to drive on the road and gave us two routes. One of which we’d used last year and it’s a fantastic driving route, with serpentine roads that run between rock formations with stunning scenery in the background. Unfortunately, that road was blocked due to roadwork. So we had to take the other route, which was almost entirely flat, public roads and highways. The second route did lead us to the beautiful Salton Sea but that the trip there and back was quite dull and filled with traffic and semi-trucks.

Still, I was able to drive a drop-top BMW Z4 in Palm Springs, California, so I wasn’t going to complain. It also let me test out the car’s ride, comfort and just general overall feel. Hopefully we can get the BMW Z4 back home for a test soon enough and drive it on some proper roads. For now, this video is the best we’ve got.

9 responses to “VIDEO: We took the BMW Z4 sDrive30i out in Palm Springs”

  1. JK says:

    Sounds really nice! Good quick review. Thank you

  2. Blue Ce says:

    Thanks for the video! I agree the 30i sounds great. Really enjoyed my test drive as well (dealers in my area have a small test track so people can have a couple of left curves, accelerate 0 to 60, drive over different street surfaces, etc.).

    I was wondering if anyone drove the US spec M40i yet? I have mine on order, should be able to pick it up around April 23.

    • As far as I know, we’ve only driven Euro-spec M40i’s but Horatiu was on that trip so I don’t know for sure. We’ll be testing the US-spec car sometime in the next few months, though and will have an update for you.

  3. Shuk Je Bat says:

    For my is this car all ugly. Exterior looks like Fiat and about interior gauges I made video:

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      Since the car looks beautiful in that vid., you haven’t quite achieved your filmmaking goals, Spielberg.

      • Shuk Je Bat says:

        My focus was on those, by my opinion, ugly gauges. I agree that on video that color looks good, but in reality is like plastic bottle. I had couple BMWs in row, so I’m fan, but I don’t like way it goes.

        • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

          I thought the gauges, like the colours, were reconfigurable?

          • Shuk Je Bat says:

            You know, I dont like design of this new Z4. Looks like Fiat 124 Spider. It was made with priority to join it with new Toyota. Old Z4 was beautiful with big large “Z” on side. New gauges aren’t reconfigurable on new Z4, 8, new X5 etc. You have to accept them.

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            Have you seen one? Headlights curve back to wheel arch, Fiat’s don’t. Also, don’t really see any comparison between rebodied 4 cyl. Miata & 300+ hp. turbo I6, isn’t the BMW literally DOUBLE the hp?

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