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 … CONTINUED
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 … 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.
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 … CONTINUED
Racer.com had a chance to review the new Z4 sDrive35iS and lauds it "The best Z yet," while showing that BMW is not about to let its roadster slip off the radar of enthusiasts seeking an alternative to the Mercedes SLK and Nissan 370Z. Check out their review inside.
BMW Z4 sDrive 35iS: The best Z yet
When BMW launched its second-gen … CONTINUED
Edmunds recently took the sDrive35is out for a spin and give us their impressions:
The 2010 BMW Z4 sDrive35is wants to take its place next to the Audi TT-RS, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Porsche Boxster S/Cayman S, and it has some visual snap to show it.
In one of the only reviews so far of the Z4 sDrive35iS, Autocar asks the question whether this beefed up E89 Z4 is hardened enough over the standard sDrive35i. They came to the conclusion that this car does indeed reaffirm BMW’s commitment to the enthusiast driver.
Autoblog enjoyed their experience with the Z4 sDrive30i, complimenting that it excels in the everyday world, as a genuine pleasure and a worthy addition to BMW’s roadster lineage.
Roadflys Charlie Romero does a nice review of the E89 Z4 in the Los Padres mountains
Winding Road Magazine pits two of the top German born roadsters – the BMW zDrive35i and the Porsche Boxster S against each other.
Heres the first live action footage of AC Schnitzers E89 Z4, in some nice drifting action on the track being stacked against some other nice tuner cars.
I really enjoyed this article posted on examiner.com. Its a nicely worded review of the Z4 which briefly hits on all the important points of the car
"Steering is very precise. The only learning curve for me was the massive distance from the front wheels to the steering wheel. Sitting so far back, it’s hard to triangulate exactly where the front wheels are – at first. In time, I was able to precisely position the Z4 … CONTINUED