U.K.:BMW Z4 2.2i - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
Bimmer Talk/Motorsports Talk Bringing the BMW community together, sharing NEWS, stories, and experiences.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 01-06-2004, 10:58 AM
2nd Gear Member
 
Stacy540i's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 455
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Stacy540i is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
Auto Express
Chris Thorp

If there's one thing BMW knows about, it's driver's cars. Say what you like about the styling, or even the image, but from the entry-level 3-Series all the way up to the flagship 7-Series, you can guarantee the person behind the wheel is having fun.

The Z4 roadster is no exception - and it is about to become even more accessible with the introduction of a new entry-level 2.2-litre-engined edition, aimed at being a value-for-money rival to Audi's 180bhp TT Roadster.

With a 170bhp powerplant from the latest 520i, the newcomer hits showrooms alongside the 2.5 and 3.0-litre variants this month, but suffers only a minor drop in pace. In 2.2-litre guise, the Z4 will sprint from 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds and go on to a top speed of 140mph - that's only 0.7 seconds and 6mph behind the more expensive 2.5i.

Peak torque of 210Nm arrives at 3,500rpm and provides useful in-gear urge. However, you have to work the engine hard to coax the best from it, and keen drivers will be left wanting more immediate acceleration.

But make no mistake, this Z4 still offers the full roadster experience. Drop the canvas roof and you will hear the classic straight-six rumble. On the move, you've also got the BMW's excellent front-engined, rear-wheel-drive chassis. And because it weighs less than other versions, the latest model feels superbly balanced. However, there's no escaping the fact that this is an entry-level car. Stripped of the Driving Dynamics Control system, which firms up the suspension and sharpens the steering, the Z4 2.2i has a basic feel compared to its more upmarket siblings - although that doesn't make it any less fun to drive.

Power-steering is still fitted - taking all the effort out of parking - while an automatic gearbox is a 1,350 option. And while we're talking cost, it's worth remembering that, at 24,225, the 2.2i is 2,395 cheaper than the 2.5i and 6,595 less than the flagship 3.0-litre.

The benefits don't end there, either. Drive carefully and you should return 32.1mpg, while the CO2 emissions of 214g/km place the new Z4 in the 28 per cent company car tax bracket - so fleet drivers pay less to Gordon Brown.

The new Beemer still has air-con, run-flat tyres and a CD player, but does without the leather trim and sports suspension fitted to the 3.0-litre model. As a result, the 2.2i represents great value compared to Audi's similarly performing 27,055 180bhp TT Roadster. If you can do without the luxuries and technical aids of the more expensive Z4s, then this new entry-level car is probably the best buy in the Z4 range.

FIRST OPINON
With the introduction of an entry-level 2.2-litre model, BMW has taken the Z4 out of Porsche Boxster territory, and put it face-to-face with Audi's base TT. Decent performance and great value for money make BMW's latest roadster an attractive buy, and it's sure to boost sales of the already popular two-seater range.

AT A GLANCE
* BMW Z4 2.2i on sale here now
* With engine taken from 520i, model has a 140mph top speed
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	car_portal_pic_12861.jpg
Views:	68
Size:	62.8 KB
ID:	5266  

Stacy540i
I'm a guy, not a girl.
Member of the BMW Forums Troll Assassin Club.
Member of the BMW-Forums 2-Pedal Club: &quot;Stick shift ??? We don't need no stinking stick shift&quot; <img src='http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/html/emoticons/arcadefreak.gif' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
<img src='http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/uploads/post-4-1069515833.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
Stacy540i is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 01-06-2004, 11:01 AM
2nd Gear Member
 
Stacy540i's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 455
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Stacy540i is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
Another pic.....
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	car_portal_pic_12862.jpg
Views:	373
Size:	56.8 KB
ID:	5267  

Stacy540i
I'm a guy, not a girl.
Member of the BMW Forums Troll Assassin Club.
Member of the BMW-Forums 2-Pedal Club: &quot;Stick shift ??? We don't need no stinking stick shift&quot; <img src='http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/html/emoticons/arcadefreak.gif' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
<img src='http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/uploads/post-4-1069515833.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
Stacy540i is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 01-06-2004, 11:03 AM
2nd Gear Member
 
Stacy540i's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 455
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Stacy540i is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
Another pic......
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	car_portal_pic_12864.jpg
Views:	911
Size:	56.6 KB
ID:	5268  

Stacy540i
I'm a guy, not a girl.
Member of the BMW Forums Troll Assassin Club.
Member of the BMW-Forums 2-Pedal Club: &quot;Stick shift ??? We don't need no stinking stick shift&quot; <img src='http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/html/emoticons/arcadefreak.gif' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
<img src='http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/uploads/post-4-1069515833.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
Stacy540i is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 01-06-2004, 11:05 AM
2nd Gear Member
 
Stacy540i's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 455
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Stacy540i is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
One more pic.......
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	car_portal_pic_12865.jpg
Views:	330
Size:	72.3 KB
ID:	5269  

Stacy540i
I'm a guy, not a girl.
Member of the BMW Forums Troll Assassin Club.
Member of the BMW-Forums 2-Pedal Club: &quot;Stick shift ??? We don't need no stinking stick shift&quot; <img src='http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/html/emoticons/arcadefreak.gif' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
<img src='http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/uploads/post-4-1069515833.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
Stacy540i is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 01-06-2004, 04:20 PM
1st Gear Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: USA : California
Posts: 316
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
AssassinGT is an unknown quantity at this point
My mom loves this car but I'm making her wait until the new M Roadster comes out for her to get it. This is such a sexy landshark.

<img src='http://www.ghostopsmod.com/pix/AsnGT/Signatures/AsnGT-SigCar.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
2000 323Ci
AssassinGT is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > General Category > Bimmer Talk/Motorsports Talk


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
U.K.:BMW X5 3.0d Sport Stacy540i Bimmer Talk/Motorsports Talk 4 12-04-2003 01:04 PM
U.K.:BMW 545i SE Stacy540i Bimmer Talk/Motorsports Talk 3 12-04-2003 06:15 AM
U.K.:BMW 6-Series Cabriolet Stacy540i Bimmer Talk/Motorsports Talk 4 10-26-2003 04:53 PM
U.K.:BMW 530d SE Active Steering Stacy540i Bimmer Talk/Motorsports Talk 0 10-22-2003 09:03 AM
New Z4 2.2i Spetsnaz Op Bimmer Talk/Motorsports Talk 4 10-06-2003 10:57 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome