The new 2017 BMW Z4 offers a sleek combination of upscale features and stonking performance paralleled only by a handful of vehicles in its class. Some of the features that heighten its appeal include an excellent visibility, a comfortable ride quality, a quick-folding hardtop, powerful engines, ample legroom for a roadster, and stout brakes. The BMW Z4 2017 release date is open for speculation as BMW is yet to make any information available. But my crystal ball assures me it is most probable to be availed sometime before this fall as a 2017 year model.
“Why would you want your hair fussed?” – is perhaps a puzzled comment that one occasionally gets when they seem to suggest they’ve been motoring along in a convertible with the top down. Well, for those who’re well acquainted with the fun, the 2017 BMW Z4 roadster probably deserves your attention.
Once again, BMW has managed to hit the sweet spot with the Z4. It’s fun, athletic, and powerful. Based on the engine capacity, the Z4 is available in three flavors starting with the entry-level BMW Z4 sDrive28i model that is capable of sending 240 horsepower and 260 lbs. ft. of torque to the rear wheel drive system via either the six-speed manual or the eight-speed automatic. Both systems are standard and offered at no extra cost. Upgrading to the BMW Z4 sDrive35i gets you 300 horsepower – generated from a six-cylinder turbocharged 3.0L engine. And lastly, those who opt for the Z4 sDrive35is get a 335 horsepower – generating 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
How’s life aboard? You ask. The 2017 BMW Z4 interior is classy and stuffed with high-quality materials. Some of the unique features available include a handy cargo shelf, sun-reflective “Kansas” leather, “SensaTec” vinyl upholstery, and a two-tone color schemes. Needless to say, the Z4 interior also comes with a myriad of customization options.
On the flipside, however, the asking price is relatively substantial relative to its rivals. The trunk space is modest, and the four-cylinder is clattery when idle. In light of the above, it’d be prudent to check around the segment before making a decision. Some of the alternatives available include the Mazda MX-5 Miata – solves the pricing issue and offers a much better cargo volume. Others include the Mercedes-Benz SLK, BMW 2 Series, and Audi A3.
2017 BMW Z4 Review of Trims
Corresponding to the engine choice, there are three versions available for the 2017 BMW Z4: sDrive28i, sDrive35is, and the sDrive35i.
2017 BMW Z4 Convertible Interior & Exterior Changes
Some of the standard accessories available on the Z4 sDrive28i include a soft-closing automatic trunk lid, a tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, BMW Assist service, cruise control, LED taillights and foglights, a USB/iPod audio interface, auto-dimming mirrors, an eight-way power sport seats, keyless entry and ignition, premium vinyl upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, and manually-adjustable thigh support.
The Z4 sDrive35i adds a sun-reflective leather upholstery, and eighteen-inch wheels.
The top-of-the-line Z4 sDrive35is model adds an upgraded audio system, a sport steering wheel, a sport suspension system, unique styling cues, a more powerful engine, an upgraded interior trim, adaptive dampers, and special eighteen-inch wheels.
2017 BMW Z4 Engine Specs
As already mentioned above, the new BMW Z4 2017 comes equipped with three engines. The sDrive28i gets a 240 horsepower- and 260 lbs. ft. of torque – generating 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Upgrading to the Z4 sDrive35i gets you 300 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet of torque. The output is yielded by a 3.0L six-cylinder engine that is hitched to a seven-speed automated manual transmission system.
Lastly, the Z4 sDrive35is comes equipped with a turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0L engine able to crank out 335 horsepower and 332 pounds-feet of torque.
2017 BMW Z4 Release Date & Price
Rumors allege the new BMW Z4 is set to go for sale sometime before this fall with the base expected to cost an MSRP starting from $49,700. A separate review is offered for the Z4M model.