2006 BMW Z4 Coupe review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 22 May 2006 , 12:05:58 byEmil

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BMW Z4 Coupe

The new car was thrilling to behold from the very first moment - and now this thrilling encounter is confirmed in full by the actual driving experience:
The BMW Z4 Coup? is setting out to give the friends and aficionados of two-seater sports cars a truly unique experience on the road. Right from the
start, the BMW Z4 Coup? Concept Car presented at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show successfully aroused emotions, a feeling of desire, and great expectations.

Now these wishes are becoming reality in the production model, offering unique qualities from the very first mile. For BMW's new Coup? was conceived from the start for sports motoring of the highest standard, featuring a weight-optimised body, a chassis and suspension superior in every situation, as well as a 195 kW/265 hp straight-six power unit setting the standard worldwide in its class. In particular, however, the BMW Z4 Coup? offers supreme harmony in style, concept, and technology, the car's performance impressively confirming the expectations aroused from the start by the powerful and elegant design lines.

The additional power and performance generated by the new six-cylinder engine is transferred into pure dynamics by the ultra-modern chassis and suspension. And whenever agility and nimble behaviour are absolutely essential, the strong but light body structure makes an important contribution. So that in the segment of two-seater sports cars, the BMW Z4 Coup? ideally lives out all the qualities arousing such great interest in cars of this kind.

Purist and authentic - the design of the BMW Z4 Coup?:

The new BMW Z4 Coup? simply looks agile and dynamic right from the start. With its classic coup? silhouette and the "Hofmeister kick" on the rear side windows so typical of the brand, this two-seater stands out from the beginning as a truly sporting BMW. The flowing roof line visibly moves the car's centre of gravity to the rear, right above the rear axle. This impression is then further accentuated by the concave curvature in the middle of the roof, all of the car's design elements interacting to provide powerful, forward-moving dynamic thrust: The new Coup? looks low, dynamic, and fast.

Concentrating on the essential within the interior:

With its clear forms and designs, the interior has a sporting and purist touch, while at the same time boasting a wide range of equipment, high quality materials, and carefully matched colours. To offer the driver individual choice, the BMW Z4 Coup? is available with no less than ten non-metallic and metallic paintwork colours, eight interior colours, two options in either plain leather or gloss leather, as well as five decorative trim versions.

Prize-winning 3.0-litre power unit:

The 3.0-litre six-cylinder featured in the BMW Z4 Coup? 3.0si has won the Engine of the Year Award several times. Maximum output is 195 kW/265 hp at 6,600 rpm, with torque peaking at 315 Nm/232 lb-ft consistently all the way from 2,500-4,000 rpm. And at the same time the engine naturally complies in full with the EU4 and ULEV II emission standards.

This innovative power unit sets the standard worldwide in terms of motoring culture, output per litre, power-to-weight, and specific fuel consumption. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is in 5.7 seconds, with the car accelerating from 80-120 km/h or 50-75 mph in fourth gear in 5.2 seconds. Top speed is cut
off electronically at 250 km/h or 155 mph. Despite this impressive performance, however, the BMW Z4 Coup? 3.0si makes do with just 8.6 litres premium plus/100 km in the EU test cycle, equal to 32.8 mpg Imp.

The car's sound qualities are far less reserved than its fuel consumption, the sound of the engine clearly revealing the focus on superior output and performance: The BMW Z4 Coup? offers the driver and passenger an experience of true authenticity full of power, sporting character, and superior style. This also includes that slight but essential "roughness" in sound so typical of a high-performance engine.

Six gears - either with manual gearshift or automatic:

The BMW Z4 Coup? comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox combining short gearshift travel and precise movements of the shift lever with operating forces remaining smooth and consistent at all times. The optional sports automatic transmission, by contrast, offers a genuine sports car feeling combined with superior comfort and leisure in motoring, paddles on the steering wheel allowing the driver to shift gears by hand whenever he wishes.