RE: BMW Z4 M40i: Driven

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F4R

56 posts

4 months

Friday 9th November 2018
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Not a fan of this. Looks a bit like a 124 spider with Mercedes influences. The Fiat looks better though

Ares

7,989 posts

59 months

Friday 9th November 2018
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had ham said:
What does though, is your use of 'sista'. Please have a very fking serious word with yourself.

biglaugh
Automatic 2 week ban IMO wink

Ares

7,989 posts

59 months

Friday 9th November 2018
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SalesManager said:
My Cayman has PDK. My old M135i had the ZF.

The PDK changes lightning fast but the ZF in the M135i is better as an all rounder - no doubt, it was always in tune with what you wanted. The same ZF box is in the F Type but it didn't feel the same to me. I drove both the v6 and tool eater.
The ZF is hugely tunable. The same 'box in different cars/different states of tune feels like a totally different box. My last 4 cars have had the ZF box. The 6-series was far better tuned (more aggressively) tuned than the previous 5-series where is was more comfort/slush tuned. My current Alfa is another level and drives like a PDK/DSC/DCT/etc - so much so, early testers mistook it for a DCT.

Earthdweller

1,432 posts

65 months

Friday 9th November 2018
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Top pup said:
Enricogto said:
Yet BMW managed to sell 223,105 first gen Z4 (E85/E86) over a six years production run against 118,444 second gen (E89) spread over an 8 year production run. Incidentally, where they experienced the largest market loss is in the US, where clearly the combination of a lardy car, automatic gearbox and lukewarm performance wasn't really appreciated. So maybe yes, the armchair commentators in here know better than BMW what they (i.e. the market) would buy.
For full disclosure, i've owned since new one of the first ever produced Z4M Coupe. When the E89 was launched i was invited by my dealer to test drive the 35i. Appalling experience, not a sport car and not the sport car feeling i was looking for. I was hoping for it to get the S62 to create an M version which i may have considered, but it never came. I haven't of course driven the G29 so i will reserve judgement, but from what i read it seems very similar with to an E89 in a new frock.
What makes the E85/86 still appealing (and unbearable to people like Cerb4.5lee) is it's compact size (4.10m long), the great N/A engines (i know they won't come back, yet..), the sometimes hard to manage gearbox, which makes for an engaging and demanding driving experience, and the lines which make it a modern design still to date - who would have thought that we would be regretting the departure of Chris Bangle....
Your experience pretty much mirrors mine, I've also owned my Z4MC from new and also was waiting for the rumoured S65 powered one.
I have to say I agree with everything you have said.
The E85/6 is a car that is maturing very nicely and I think will come to be seen as the pinnacle of the Bangle years design

The combination of naturally aspirated straight six, manual gearbox and small roadster will lead to it being seen as a classic in future years

It’s something that you just cannot but now

pichat

10 posts

48 months

Friday 9th November 2018
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surprisingly ugly :O
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Wiltshire Lad

9 posts

8 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Was really looking forward to this - what a disappointment- £49k for clunky styling and fake engine noise....Have just sold my Elise S and promised my better half something more passenger friendly and suitable for weekends away. Couldn’t face aTT and Boxters are just not my thing. Had an S2000 pre Lotus and loved it - no need for fake exhaust note at 9000 revs! Result - have commissioned a total restoration of a TVR Chimarea - why can’t anyone do a proper roadster at a decent price?

R400TVR

249 posts

101 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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So, once again BMW has missed a golden opportunity to prove that it can still make a great drivers car. It's looks are awful, but subjective to personal taste, the interior looks cheap, it's heavy, it's far too big, and is saddled with an automatic gearbox only. These are all exactly what a sports car should not have or be.
The original Z4 was a good size, and even at 6'8 and well over 20st i was perfectly comfortable. It looked great and still does, and had a smart interior. The range of engine and gearboxes was right. How have they gone so wrong in so short a time? Not only on the Z series either, but the saloon, pointless suvs, and other wretched things. Sad.

mikey k

12,120 posts

155 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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Wiltshire Lad said:
Was really looking forward to this - what a disappointment- £49k for clunky styling and fake engine noise....Have just sold my Elise S and promised my better half something more passenger friendly and suitable for weekends away. Couldn’t face aTT and Boxters are just not my thing. Had an S2000 pre Lotus and loved it - no need for fake exhaust note at 9000 revs! Result - have commissioned a total restoration of a TVR Chimarea - why can’t anyone do a proper roadster at a decent price?
Amen to this!
Miss my S2000 as well

Ares

7,989 posts

59 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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mikey k said:
Wiltshire Lad said:
Was really looking forward to this - what a disappointment- £49k for clunky styling and fake engine noise....Have just sold my Elise S and promised my better half something more passenger friendly and suitable for weekends away. Couldn’t face aTT and Boxters are just not my thing. Had an S2000 pre Lotus and loved it - no need for fake exhaust note at 9000 revs! Result - have commissioned a total restoration of a TVR Chimarea - why can’t anyone do a proper roadster at a decent price?
Amen to this!
Miss my S2000 as well
If your expectation was that this was going to be an S2000 type car, and/or a slightly more passenger friendly Elise, then I'm afraid your expectations were miscued.

mikey k

12,120 posts

155 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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Ares said:
mikey k said:
Wiltshire Lad said:
Was really looking forward to this - what a disappointment- £49k for clunky styling and fake engine noise....Have just sold my Elise S and promised my better half something more passenger friendly and suitable for weekends away. Couldn’t face aTT and Boxters are just not my thing. Had an S2000 pre Lotus and loved it - no need for fake exhaust note at 9000 revs! Result - have commissioned a total restoration of a TVR Chimarea - why can’t anyone do a proper roadster at a decent price?
Amen to this!
Miss my S2000 as well
If your expectation was that this was going to be an S2000 type car, and/or a slightly more passenger friendly Elise, then I'm afraid your expectations were miscued.
Only in that the S2000 is one of THE best purpose designed roadsters of modern times and BMW could easily have meet that standard with their funding and expertise.
My only interest in the BMW is as a second car to take miles off a far more resolved roadster I already have.
I just don't want it to be bland to own or drive.

RickRob

75 posts

52 months

Saturday 19th January
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If I thought that I might be tempted to move on from my Z4M Roadster, I know know that I won't. Not an attractive car!

RickRob

75 posts

52 months

Saturday 19th January
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Duplicated


Edited by RickRob on Saturday 19th January 17:45

derin100

4,776 posts

182 months

Saturday 19th January
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RickRob said:
If I thought that I might be tempted to move on from my Z4M Roadster, I know know that I won't. Not an attractive car!
Agreed! This is just so disappointing and in so many ways.

I own three E85 Z4s...a Z4M Roadster, an Alpina Roadster S and a 3.0Si Roadster...and whilst the subsequent E89 Z4 wasn't quite so much of a design statement, in my view it was still a good-looking car and I would have considered buying one them.

This new one just misses everything for me by a country mile. I wouldn't ever buy one!

garyhun

26,195 posts

167 months

Saturday 19th January
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RickRob said:
Duplicated


Edited by RickRob on Saturday 19th January 17:45
You know you can simply delete a post using the trash can icon?

JaredVannett

602 posts

82 months

Saturday 19th January
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PistonheadArticle-PAGE1 said:
It's not often a manufacturer admits it was wrong. So you can imagine PH's surprise when current Z4 product designer Michael Wimbeck admitted to us over dinner - the night before we drove the car - that BMW went down the wrong path with its second-generation Z4.

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it was a refreshing and somewhat unexpected admission, but one that goes some way to reasserting the idea that BMW is once again focusing on the right audience - namely people like us.

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Of course, with the car growing in size (it's slightly longer, too) it is actually fractionally heavier than the Z4 it replaces...