The BMW Z4 M is almost always remembered as a coupe. It’s the car enthusiasts want, as its fixed roof provides it with better stability and rigidity. However, there’s a case to be made for the Z4 M Roadster as the one you want. In this video from Jay Emm, we get to get a closer look at the Z4 M Roadster and why he actually prefers it to the Coupe and it’s rather insightful, considering the fact that he owned a Z4 M Coupe.

What’s interesting is that the Z4 M Roadster is actually surprisingly different from the Coupe to drive. It might be due to the lack of structural rigidity but the drop-top version doesn’t seem to want to play as hard as its fixed-top sibling. According to this video, the BMW Z4 M Roadster is more of a 6 or 7/10ths sort of car, a car that you drive briskly but not too hard. When you’re pushing it hard, it starts to get too bouncy and a bit too vague. It’s not an extremely confidence-inspiring car.

Admittedly, that might be fixed with a new set of coilovers. A better suspension setup will settle the car more over bumps and give it a better ride/handling balance, which could completely transform the car. Also, it might just need its suspension replaced, as it is an old car.

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We don’t know what sort of condition the suspension is in and, having driven many old, tired cars in my day, I can honestly attest to the fact that worn shocks and bad ball joints can absolutely ruin a car’s handling, to the point of turning a brilliant car into a terrible one. The rest of the car seems to be in great shape, though, so we’re going to assume that the suspension is in good condition. So just a new set of coilovers will probably do the trick.

In the end, though, it seems as if the Z4 M Roadster is the one to buy. It provides more aural theater than the Coupe and seems to be a more enjoyable car overall. Which can come as sort of a shock.