The redesigned BMW Z4 delivers more thrills than its predecessor, but its stiff, choppy ride hurts the overall driving experience.
Drivers should cast aside doubts that the increased size or the four-cylinder engine would reduce its performance. The Z4 is engaging right from the first press of the gas pedal. The roadster accelerates quickly and delivers steady power, no matter where the engine is in the rpm range. That punch comes with a sonorous soundtrack that’s certain to widen any driver’s smile, especially in Sport mode.
The Z4 comes exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Purists will say that the car begs to have a manual transmission. But the shifts are quick and smooth, and in Sport mode it mimics manual shifting quite nicely.