The Z4 handles like a true sports car should. The six-cylinder engines are gutsy and sound great, while the M version is supercar quick. Even the least powerful model is brisk.
The ride isn't as comfortable as a Mercedes SLK's, especially at low speeds. There's only room for two, and running costs are high, particularly if you choose the M version.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
BMW Z4 Coupe performance
There is a 265bhp 3.0-litre engine for the Si and 3.2 in the M. Both make what is a small and light coupe rakishly quick, but they're also flexible and civilised in the daily reality of heavy traffic.
BMW Z4 Coupe ride & handling
Even with the power full on, the Coupe's handling remains unflustered and the M has a grip-enhancing sports rear differential and even more fluid steering. But the Si in particular has a tendency to follow every contour in the road and its ride is very firm on standard run-flat tyres.
BMW Z4 Coupe refinement
This a car that demands to be driven with commitment and precision - in other words, quickly. However, the sharp-biting clutch and slick-shifting six-speed gearbox, which are wonderfully fluid at speed, are rather clunky at low speeds. Road and engine noise boom through the cabin on course roads and at motorway pace.