Sep 01, 2007
Reviewed By Stefan Lombard
Price as Tested $46,325
Likes

215-hp punch from tried and true straight six; auto top is quick and painless; comfortable, supportive driving position just right to stare down long nose.

Dislikes

Despite responsive paddle shifters, car is dull as an automatic, so why pay $1,275 extra for a thrill-killer? Exhaust note too muted and kills part of the fun of top-down driving.

Verdict

I’m not offended by the Z4’s slashy looks, and I like the smooth power delivery. But at this price, the poise, mid-engine balance and $45,600 MSRP of a Porsche Boxster are too great to ignore. Or how about a pair of his & hers Miatas? Or for the truly adventuresome, an Elise? In today’s sports car market, there are a lot of choices, and the Z4 simply doesn’t stand out.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Stats

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