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The Bavarian marque's take on pure open-top motoring is now a well-acclaimed all-rounder, arguably the best from the firm thus far.

25 May 2012

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More often than not, the choice of ride offers a glimpse of an individual's character. Especially when the costs are less of an issue (for the lucky lot that is), the selection criteria would rest on the wreaths of intangibles - style, brand image etc.

Though not the latest in its segment, there are no qualms about the Z4's ability to turn heads, and as a 'chick-magnet'. The 28i receives an up-tuned version of the 2.0-litre in-line four found in the 20i. We sample to find out how well the 'middle-child' of the range fares.

Exterior

The latest iteration of the famed roadster takes on an aggressive stance, accentuated by sleek, masculine lines (most notable being the inversely-arched 'brows') running through the elongated bonnet and side profile. As a whole, the Z4 feels more 'grown-up' now.

The Z4 is delectably stylish in either of its inherent forms

Up close and personal, there is no denying it takes a substantial amount of self-resistance to curtail any enthusiasm towards driving a machine like this. Like an athlete with essential running gears, the 28i comes standard with 18-inch multi-spoke alloys which fills the arches nicely, at the same time adding a sense of sophistication to the outlook.

Credit where it is due, the folding hard-top fulfils an exemplary role in bestowing the roadster with practicality and the aesthetics of a coupe.

More distinctive roofline possible with the folding hard-top
Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders in-line TwinPower Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1997cc

Horsepower

:

180kW (241 bhp) / 6500 rpm

Torque

:

350 Nm / 4800 rpm

Transmission

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8-speed (A) Steptronic

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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7.2sec

Top Speed

:

232km/h

Fuel consumption

:

14.7km/L

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