There’s annihilation bigger than putting the top bottomward on a nice day and award an absorbing alley to enjoy, and the 2021 BMW Z4 is a abundant best for such an activity. Buyers can accept amid a turbocharged four-cylinder or a twin-turbo inline-six—the closing of which accursed the Z4 to 60 mph in aloof 3.8-seconds at our analysis track. Rear-wheel drive is accepted and all-wheel drive isn’t offered but, sadly, neither is a chiral transmission; all Z4s appear with an eight-speed automatic. Dynamically speaking, the Porsche Boxster is still our adopted ragtop sports car but the Z4 offers affluence of alive amusement with a hardly smoother ride for circadian use. The berth is close but adequate for two adults and has affluence of accepted animal comforts and connectivity features. If you’d adopt a fixed-roof coupe, analysis out the mechanically agnate Toyota Supra instead. Toyota collaborated with BMW on it, and the two cars allotment their powertrains and suspensions.
Few changes are in abundance for BMW’s two-seat convertible for 2021. All models now appear accepted with SiriusXM accessory radio and Android Auto. Parking sensors accept been added to the alternative Alive Assistance amalgamation and the amount has been adapted up from $500 to $700 accordingly. Other accessory changes accommodate the accession of an alternative wireless smartphone charging pad and M Sport brakes with red-painted calipers.
At its abject price, the 2021 Z4 Drive30i is an actual value. It costs appreciably beneath than its capital rival, the Porsche Boxster, and it offers added than abundant achievement for best buyers. You can additionally dress it up with the M Sport Kit, which adds an M Sport abeyance for bigger administration and it dials up its actualization central and out with an aerodynamic anatomy kit and M Sport council wheel. Beyond 19-inch auto and tires are additionally available, and BMW offers the Dynamic Administration package, which adds beyond M Sport brakes and its M Sport cogwheel for added traction. Your new Z4 still won’t advance like the abundant added able M40i, but it’ll be added than quick abundant to satisfy.
Every 2021 BMW Z4 has an eight-speed automated chiral with Sport approach as able-bodied as Chiral mode. Paddle shifters army to the council caster are additionally standard. That’s right: For the aboriginal time, the BMW Z4 is not accessible with a acceptable chiral chiral with a clamp pedal. You won’t absence it. The eight-speed is one of the best automatics about with aciculate responses, abrupt shifts, and bland operation. The sDrive30i is powered by the brand’s accomplished turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes affluence of torque and 255 horsepower. In our testing, this archetypal accelerated to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. That’s quick, but it’s a bit slower than a Porsche Boxster, which is still accessible with a chiral gearbox. For added grunt, the M40i archetypal gets a 382-hp twin-turbocharged inline-six. It’s abundantly bland and refined, and it turns the Z4 into a superfast sports car with a zero-to-60-mph time of aloof 3.8 seconds. That’s quicker than the 350-hp Porsche Boxster S.
With its aberrant performance, it may abruptness you that the 2021 BMW Z4 is one of the best fuel-efficient sports cars in its class. The ammunition abridgement of the Z4 sDrive30i is rated by the EPA to be 25 mpg burghal and 32 mpg on the highway. With its abundant college akin of horsepower, the ammunition abridgement of the Z4 M40i is aloof a distinct mpg lower, accepting 24 mpg burghal and 31 mpg highway. In our testing, both models recorded 20 mpg in alloyed driving. Unfortunately, both engines crave added big-ticket aberrant gasoline, and the Z4 has a baby gas tank, so its ammunition ambit isn’t extensive. Apprehend about 300 afar of artery alive amid anniversary fill-up.
As is the case with all accepted BMWs, the 2021 BMW Z4 has a actual high-quality interior. In fact, it may accept the best autogenous in this class. It actualization luxe materials, aberrant animate fitment, and accomplished ascendancy placement. Its seats are adequate with ample bolsters to authority you in abode back you’re adequate the Z4’s dynamics. There is additionally added allowance central than you ability expect, alike for those taller than six feet. Thick and insulated, its bolt roof seals tightly. Back the top is up, the BMW’s autogenous is impressively quiet, with so little wind or alley babble it about feels like a Grand Touring coupe. With the advance of a button, it folds abroad in a few seconds. A wind acquaintance is accepted to accumulate wind blow to a minimum with the top down, alike at aerial speeds. Autogenous stowage is additionally absolutely generous. There are several accumulator bins about the Z4’s cabin, including one in the centermost animate and a felt-lined accommodation to the larboard of the council wheel. There’s additionally a netted shelf abaft the seats and two big cupholders up front. At 10 cubic feet, the block of the Z4 isn’t huge, but it’ll absorb baggage for two for a quick weekend alley trip.
A massive 10.3-inch touchscreen is accepted forth with aeronautics and adulatory Apple CarPlay integration; Android Auto adequacy is not available. The latest abundance of BMW’s iDrive arrangement is accessible to use, with aciculate graphics. The arrangement can additionally be controlled allegedly with a bulge and buttons on the Z4’s animate or with articulation commands. A USB anchorage and Bluetooth alive audio are additionally standard, although you accept to pay added for SiriusXM accessory radio. A Wi-Fi hotspot is allotment of the accessible Aberrant package, forth with wireless charging for phones, a head-up display, and acrimonious seats.
Forward-collision admonishing and daytime banal apprehension with burghal braking are standard, as is BMW’s lane-departure admonishing system. Other driver-assistance tech is accessible as options on both Z4 models. That account of accessible systems includes alive cruise control, alive blind-spot detection, rear-collision protection, and rear cross-traffic alert. The BMW Z4 has not been blast activated by either the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS), which is accepted with sports cars. Key assurance actualization include:
BMW’s assurance is boilerplate for the segment; however, its adulatory appointed aliment advantage is a standout. Such programs are not offered with its rivals, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-class and Porsche Boxster.