• Classic roadster proportions
  • All three versions are quick
  • Nice interior
  • Small trunk, even smaller with top down
  • No manual for the 35is
SUM UP The classic roadster, as interpreted by BMW.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Z4 in 2013

The Z4 gets additional standard equipment for 2013. All models now have power seats and dual-zone automatic A/C. The 35i gets sport seats. The 35is adds BMW Assist and a premium audio system...more


The Z4 roadster was the first BMW to drop its in-line six-cylinder engine for a four-cylinder turbo, spurred by a quest for better fuel economy. It’s a big deal for BMW, a car company that has made its name with straight-six engines. The fact that the new 2.0-liter four is a good engine makes this change a bit easier to swallow. With it, the 28i is able to race to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds (with the eight-speed automatic). The automatic is a no-charge option over the six-speed manual, which has fluid shift action through its long throws. This engine doesn’t just make the numbers, it makes the right noises, with a sharp bark overlaid with the whoosh of its turbocharger. Still, we’re glad a straight six remains available. The 35i gets a 300-hp turbo version and a choice of a stick shift or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The racier 35is is an M Roadster in all but name. Its turbo six bumps the output to 335 hp and comes only with the dual-clutch transmission. However, many of the 35is goodies—the Adaptive M suspension with driver-selectable modes, the eighteen-inch wheels, the aero body kit, and the sport seats—are available on the two other models. Unfortunately, one thing the switch to a four-cylinder engine has not done is make the Z4 any more affordable.


Front and side air bags, ABS, traction and stability control, a tire-pressure monitor, and adaptive xenon headlamps are standard. BMW Assist with automated crash response is optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 BMW Z4

  • Audi TT
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Porsche Boxster

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