What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW Z4 sports?
Audi made great strides in improving the lacklustre driving experience of the original car with its second generation Audi TT Roadster. It could be specified with a quick-shifting double-clutch automatic transmission which actually made it faster than the standard manual. The boot is a more useful size too.
The Porsche Boxster is the one to go for if you value the driving experience as it is the only practical open-top sports car to have a mid-engine layout. This also afford the Boxster two boots with which to stash your luggage in. Invariably, you will need to spend quite a bit more for a Boxster of similar age and mileage as the BMW.
The Mercedes SLK was the first to offer a folding metal roof back in 1997. While it’s available with a wide range of engines from a 1.8-litre supercharged four cylinder, all the way up to a 5.5-litre V8 with 355bhp, it’s pretty sloppy to drive, and can’t match the Z4’s tautness.