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  • Media package (BMW Professional)
  • wind deflector
  • Park Distance Control
  • sDrive suspension on M Sport models

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BMW Z4 Sports 20i sDrive 2dr

This is the pick of the Z4 range, thanks to its flexible performance, agile handling and low running costs. It's well equipped, too.

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BMW Z4 Sports 20i sDrive 2dr

This is the pick of the Z4 range, thanks to its flexible performance, agile handling and low running costs. It's well equipped, too.

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Engines

18i
This entry-level 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine is more lively than the output of just 154bhp suggests, partly thanks to its smooth power delivery. However, there’s no penalty in fuel economy or CO2 emissions if you upgrade to the 20i, which provides the stronger performance that a sporty car like this deserves. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard; a very slick eight-speed conventional auto is an option.
20i
This is our favourite engine in the Z4 range – it’s as efficient as the 18i (which is effectively a de-tuned version of this engine) so won’t cost too much in fuel and tax, but provides a bit more oomph. Strong right through the rev range, it’s a smooth performer, when paired with either the standard six-speed manual gearbox or the optional eight-speed auto.
28i
Despite the name, this is in fact another derivation of BMW’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. It delivers rapid acceleration without any increase in fuel economy or CO2 emissions, officially at least. There’s quite a jump in price, however, so we think you’re better off with the 20i. Transmission options are a six-speed manual as standard, or a smooth eight-speed auto as an option.
35i
This twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine combines silky-smooth power delivery with a terrific engine note and blistering performance. It’s not hard to see its appeal, although at this price level it pitches the Z4 against the outstanding Porsche Boxster. Running costs are pretty high, too, so we think a 20i makes more sense overall. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard; the automatic option is a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.
35is
This is the fastest Z4, which used an even more powerful version of the 35i’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed semi-auto transmission. It’s brutally quick and turns the Z4 into a true performance car. It’s also expensive to buy and run – cheaper Z4s, in particular the 20i, make more sense all-round.

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