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.
The transplant has changed the … CONTINUED
European Delivery experiences are always fun, but even more so when the car you are picking up is as wild as the Z4 sDrive35is ! ZPOST member Rac10000 took over 80 photos of his experience and has been kind enough to share it with the rest of us, take a peek!
Video of the BMW 1M coupe making runs against the E92 M3, E36 M3 and the Z4 M coupe. See video inside for results.
If you want to fast forward, the comparisons are at the following times:
1M vs Manual E92 M3 - 1:06 mins
1M vs E36 M3 - 1:55 mins
1M vs Z4 M Coupe - 3:52 mins
Information has just been released regarding the Model Year 2012 BMW Z4. See inside for info on when production will start, pricing/option changes, and different packages.
Standard Equipment Changes:
MY12 sees the introduction of several brand new features on the Z4, reinforcing its benchmark position in performance and providing it with greater efficiency:
4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Engine (N20)
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In its latest customer survey – the Automotive Performance and Layout Study (APEAL) – assessing satisfaction levels among North American new car buyers, the BMW 5 Series range, BMW X3, BMW Z4 and MINI Countryman emerged as winners of their respective vehicle segments. In addition, four more models from the BMW Group finished in the top three of their category. This tally means the BMW Group boasts the highest number of segment winners of all manufacturers in the latest APEAL survey.
Such excellent individual scores also boosted the overall rankings of the BMW and MINI brands, with BMW coming third in the latest survey. As well as the class-winners – the BMW 5 Series range, BMW X3 and BMW Z4 – the outstanding results of the BMW … CONTINUED
The BMW Z4 will line up from autumn 2011 with the promise of further advances in driving pleasure and efficiency. Two newly developed four-cylinder petrol engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology will be available for the Roadster. The 2.0-litre units for the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i develop 135 kW/184 hp and 180 kW/245 hp respectively, and can team up – as an option – with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All variants of the BMW Z4 will now be fitted as standard with Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering, and the BMW Z4 sDrive35i will also feature 18-inch light-alloy wheels in multispoke design.
Added to which, the appeal of the successful two-seater rises still further with the introduction of the new Design Pure Balance equipment package, which … CONTINUED
Insideline assembled a great little gathering of several cars from BMW’s small M-car lineage for some reflection as to how we have arrived at the 1M coupe and how the spirit of each car compares. Great read.
3D Design introduces their newest demo car for North America, with some acknowledgement of the recent tragic events in Japan. 3D Design partnered with key players in the US and Germany (including our sponsors WSTO and IND) to create their new car, with each company contributing to the car