For a convertible, the lack of vibration is excellent. I have been very surprised with the practicality of it (the boot is much bigger than a TT Convertible for example). Economy is pretty good - recently managed 36mpg on a run through the countryside. My first BMW and I'm really impressed with the handling.
This was my first in a BMW roadster and I can assure anyone that they will not be disappointed by the perfomance. I own a similar engine 525i but I get the feeling the six-cylinder engine in this baby is tuned to arouse your senses evey time you reach for the redline.
The sound of the engine will stay with you forever, it reminds me of an E30 325i. Acceleration is relentless till 120mph and the gearbox has a swift, mechanical action to it and you can feel the difference of the Sport mode too and I reckon the handling is as good as it gets at this side of a Boxster.
There is also a massive amount of grip to call upon. It's a pure delight to drive fast and the optional heated sports seats are very good. There is very little buffeting at 60mph and the roof goes up and down in a flash.
My only concern during my test drive was the ride, it reaches near appalling conditions sometimes and I felt every imperfection in the road thanks to those 18-inch wheels. Otherwise, the looks have grown on me, only enhanced by the those big wheels. The boot even has a decent capacity. All in all, a true BMW at heart only let down by a poor ride.
Unfortunately my new Z4 2.2 has spent many days at the dealers having various problems sorted out.
The most annoying of which is the noise made by the hood when lowered.
Having been "in dock" on at least seven occassions, it would appear that the problem may have been solved, but no doubt time will tell.
The overall build quality is not what I expected from a BMW.
A great car to drive. Steering is responsive with lots of feel. Engine sounds great and provides plenty of power for easy overtaking. Brakes are powerful with great feel.
The interior is well thought out with good quality materials. Easy to get comfortable driving position even for me at 6ft 1in. Convertable hood is quick and easy to operate.
Only drawback is the run-flat tyres. They give a very firm ride and are very expensive to replace.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!