dream Machine: the bmw Z-4
You better hold on to your wig..!!!
One of the most beautiful works of art to ever come out of Bavaria is the BMW Z4. This car was redesigned in 2009 and given quite the touch of class as well as an increase in the price. A new addition to the Z4 was a newly designed body with some of the sexiest curves this side of Hawaii, as well as a new hard top that had been previously unavailable.
For the 2012 year, BMW has given us a gift that most of the world has already had for years, a four cylinder twin turbocharged engine that is not only more powerful (along with the torque) than the former V-6, but is now the base engine for the Hot Z-4. There is still a V-6 with 300 horsepower as an optional engine. There is also an optional 6-speed transmission, 7-speed w/ paddles and an 8-speed automatic. Choose your poison, but with either set-up your going to get one of the best handling ("Baby Targa's") that your $50,000 dollars can buy.
Pushing the one touch button on the center console allows you to open up the roof and brings the darkness into the light, exposing one of the most well laid out interiors that has ever been put into a car. BMW does a fantastic job of putting together not only a well laid out car, but also one of the worlds best handling and most solid vehicles not only in it's class, but in the world.
This also allows you to have the best view of the Z-4, the view from the drivers seat with the top down. The seats feel like a tailored suit and the balanced handling of the car feels wonderful, even on un-even pavement. Just stopping and looking over the mountain at the view, you notice that the picture of the sky has never looked so beautiful and you actually become one with it. The only thing you want to do is just enjoy it..
The car has more options than you could shake a stick at, including a pop up NAV system w/MP3 interface, a way better and vastly improved I-Drive system, heated seats w/optional suede inserts, cruise, electric parking brake, push button start, power windows, power locks, dual climate control, HID Headlamps and enough space in the trunk, even with the top down, to head to the beach for a few days and have enough room in the rear for swimming trunks, sweats for the gym, some business casual attire and two nice suits for when it's time to get busy and really stand out. There is also enough space in the glove box for cologne and three pairs of clean drawers... (you'd better not forget them..!)
The summation of this roadster is that there is no better way to enjoy an evening. The little Beamer has all the right moves. She's quick, she's beautiful, she's comfortable and she won't tear your pocket up at the gas station, (the dealership may very well be another problem). As mentioned earlier, the car starts at just a little under $50,000, and can quickly run your pocket up to $64,000, so watch your options. BMW also has a habit of over-engineering their products and that has not been a great thing for the reliability of certain cars. Even though you may never get tired of the way your car handles, make sure you get the recommended maintenance performed or it could possibly void your basic warranty of 4yrs 50,000 miles. Beautiful car, and it makes me feel just like a kid again, and isn't that what its supposed to do? Great drive and a great car.
This is the second best view, and that is either from behind, or straight up from the drivers seat.. Nothing but the open road and the wind in my scalp! Thanks for reading this month's dream Machine at autoFrenzy.net. As always, this is Dre' reminding you to keep your hands on the wheel and your feet on the gas.. Till next time, Deuces!!
UPDATE: BMW issued a recall on the 2012 Z4 for the Electrical Steering System. If you are still in the market for one of these cars, the problem has already been taken care of, but If you have not been contacted by the Bavarian Motor Works and you already own one, take you car back to the Dealership and have them check for possible repair.
G. Andre' C.