Reviews of the 2012 Z4 sDrive28i featuring the new BMW turbo 4-cylinder N20 motor have generally been positive overall. However, Automobile’s recent assessment is the strongest endorsement we’ve seen yet for the new Z4, which represents the return of 4-cylinder BMW engines to the US.
Here are some of the great things the magazine had to say about the sDriv28i’s engine, exhaust, and performance.
Some say the BMW M3 is beginning to show its age, especially considering the all-new F30 3-series has already been spotted in testing. As far as performance is concerned however, the E92 M3 coupe continues to impress and dispose of even recently introduced competition, such as the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe. Many pegged the C63 AMG coupe to give the M3 a run for its money, if not overtake it. Remarkably however, both AMS and Autobild recently ran comparisons between the two super coupes and came to the same conclusion: The M3 still is the better car.
Per Autobild, the “M3 won as it’s sportier and produces more fun”, or as AMS puts it, “afterall it’s the level of maturity which makes the M3 the better car”.
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Fifth Gear Web Review evaluates the 2012 F20 1 series 5-door hatchback and comes up with both pros and cons on the new model. Check out their findings inside.
Autoblog comes in with their first drive reaction to the 2012 Z4 sDrive28i, the first late model BMW to bring the 4-cylinder motor back to the US market. The N20 motor makes 240 hp / 260 lb-ft tq in the Z4, with a 7,000 rpm redline. Compared to the N52 inline 6 that it replaces, the Z4′s N20 has 15 less horsepowers but 40lb-ft more torque.
The N20 will also be making its debut in the 5-series line in the Fall with the 2012 528i, and in the 3-series with the all new F30 3-series sedan which will be unveiled this Fall.
Until now, the reviews of BMW’s Twinpower Turbo 2.0L inline 4-cylinder Motor (N20) were limited to drives of the X1 xDrive28i. But this Fall, BMW will launch the first US models to feature the N20 turbo 4-cyl motor — the 2012 Z4 sDrive28i and the 2012 528i. In the Z4 28i, the N20 motor makes 240 hp at 6500 rpm and 260 lb-ft tq at just 1,250 rpm, with a redline of 7,000 rpm. Compared to the N52 inline 6 that it replaces, the Z4′s N20 has 15 less horsepowers but 40lb-ft more torque.
So how does the Z4 28i drive? The first review is in, via Car and Driver. Some of C/D’s more salient words regarding the Z4 28i follow.
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Most reviews of the 1M coupe are the result of a short test drive. Perhaps more telling however, are the longer term reviews, such as Autoblog’s just published review. Their latest 1M review comes from a week’s worth of evaluation. Their 1M experience may have spanned a longer period than most test drives, but their words for the car are just as effusive. Here’s some of their notable praise for 1M coupe.
Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson pit the E92 M3 GTS against the Porsche GT3 RS on the track. On paper, the GT3 RS should trump, but will the real world driving experience bear the same results? Video inside.
CAR magazine took the 2012 640i coupe out for their first drive experience of BMW’s newest 6-series coupe (the F13). The review was conducted by a self-described hardened BMW fan who we presume has plenty of BMW experience with which to compare the F13 against.
The reviewer falls in love with the drivetrain, but does he love the car overall? It sounds like the answer is “it depends.” Viewed properly as a GT car, the car has no better rivals in the luxury coupe segment. Where it may fall short is if the driver expects an edgy sportscar.
Autocar has now posted their first drive review of the F20 1-series 120d hatchback. Overall it’s a bit of a mixed review. See inside for what we mean.