ZPOST member Stupenal chronicles his 6 day European Delivery trip with his girlfriend and Z4 sDrive35is throughout Europe. The trip took them from: Day 1 – Germany to Austria – Delivery Day | Salzburg | Grossglockner | Heiligenblut, Day 2 – Austria to Italy – Dolomites | Colle Santa Lucia| Bolzano, Day 3 – Italy – Verona | Bellagio – Lake Como, Day 4 – Italy to Switzerland – Andermatt | Furka Pass | Interlaken | Lucerne, Day 5 – Switzerland to Austria – Nauders | Lago di Resia| Innsbruck, and finally Day 6 – Austria to Germany – Munich | Dropoff.
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.
The summer may be coming to an end soon, but the BMW meets and activities have not. Last weekend featured yet another large BMW gathering in the Northwest. Pacific BMW CCA held a special M-Car Day to gather some of the wonderful BMW M Cars in Washington area. The event was held at Griot’s garage in their new facilities in Tacoma, WA. Check out the extensive set of photos inside.
Here we have the first official BMW video of the z4 sDrive28i with its Twinpower Turbo 2.0L inline 4-cylinder N20 motor. While the exterior of the car remains the same, it’s the sounds that makes the video interesting.
This is the first good official clip of the Z4 N20 engine and exhaust. Keep in mind that this won’t necessarily be how the N20 will sound on the upcoming F10 528i and F30 328i, as each BMW’s sound is tuned differently.
Seattle Bimmerpost members entered the the Remix car show at PGP Motorsports Park in WA on August 13th. The XDC Super Show featured a Top 32 National Drift Competition, REMIX Award Tour Car Show, Featured Industry Models and Model Search, Auto Aftermarket Exhibitors, RC Drift Zone, BBoy and Dance Exhibitions, DJ’s, Music, and Live acts on the Cooper Stage, Merchandise Stands, Concessions, plus tons of festival attractions.
The Seattle team brought home “Hottest Club-Most Entered” 3rd place trophy.
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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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