The results are in from Car and Driver’s sixth annual Lightning Lap Tests @ Virginia International Raceway (VIR).
BMWs tested in this year’s Lightning Lap include the 1M coupe, 335is, X5 M, and Z4 sDrive35is. How did each model fare? See inside.
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.
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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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.
EVO reviews the AC Schnitzer ACS4 Turbo S, calling the upgraded 375bhp Z4 the best-handling BMW Z4 yet, with styling tweaks that bring attitude to match its performance. Read on for their review.
Automobile Magazine reviews the 2011 Z4 sDrive35is, calling it a blast to drive on any type of road. Overall, the reviewer was very impressed with the Z4, although he also pines for a smaller lightweight BMW roadster.
Cnet has ventured into BMW reviews, first with their 335is review and now the Z4 sDrive35is. The sDrive35is impressed cnet’s reviewer with its balance of driving fun, daily drivability, advanced technologies, and good looks. Check out their impression and video review inside.
Our friends over at BimmerFile have put their sDrive35is review online, although its lacking in photos (as they were given a pre-production car to try out), it is a nice writeup on the car.
Heres a quick excerpt:
The Z4 35i I reviewed last year was about as perfect as a BMW has ever been. However, (and its a big however) there were a couple issues that were hard to ignore.
Enter the Z4 35is. In what has to be the most aggressive application of the "is" modifications to date, BMW has re-energized the Z4 as a car … CONTINUED