The 2013 BMW Z4 is a RWD roadster available with three different engines; a standard 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (240 hp), an optional 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (300 hp), and a performance-oriented 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (335 hp). Transmission options consist of a 6-speed manual transmission, 8-speed automatic transmission, and a 7-speed double clutch automatic transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 17 mpg city to 34 mpg highway. Features include 18-inch wheels, electronic throttle control, xenon adaptive headlights, iPod integration, hi-fi sound, hands-free phone capabilities, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, 10-way power seats, and heated external mirrors. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, cornering brake control, driving dynamics control, anti-lock braking (ABS), dynamic stability control, brake drying, dynamic traction control, vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering, and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The Z4 is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2013, the Z4 Roadster gets more standard equipment, as well as a price drop of $1,300 for the base Z4 sDrive28i. The Comfort Access system, a universal garage-door opener, auto-dimming mirrors, ambient lighting, a compass, sport seats with additional lumbar seat support and a wind deflector are now all on the standard-features list, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control and power front seats with driver memory. Wheels have been upgraded to 18-inch alloys, too. Z4 sDrive 35i models additionally get BMW Assist and the Hi-Fi Premium sound system as new standard features for 2013, while option prices have changed in some cases. And across the model lineup, the retractable hardtop can now be operated at up to 25 mph.
Good ride and handling; luxurious cabin; tight folding hardtop; strong standard equipment
The BMW Z4 remains a roadster and sports car, but with its last redesign a few years ago it became more mature and upmarket--instead appealing as a more mature grand-touring sports car. Its folding hardtop arrangement is also one of the best of any roadsters or small convertibles and its excellent ride quality means that you won't be compromising comfort. Although serious enthusiasts will want the sDrive35is, practically speaking there isn't all that wide of a difference in performance at legal U.S. speeds; the sDrive28i can make it to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, while the more powerful 35is takes 4.7 seconds.