BMW Z4 M Roadster

BMW as a company was created in 1927, being at first an engine producer and then a motorcycle producer. It provides almost as much performance as the six-cylinder and BMW of Darien its lighter weight adds to the already good agility of the Z4 in the twisty bits. On the road, the Z4 continues to be an excitement machine, with excellent chassis balance, huge levels of grip in corners and the ability to answer to steering and throttle inputs in a pure sports manner. Anyone who doesn't come off a drive in the Z4 on mountainous roads with a big smile on their face hasn't been trying hard enough.

The success of modern-day BMW Roadsters is rooted in the rigorous dedication of a concept, a process which has left its mark on both the design and the driving properties of each car and is clearly recognizable in the new BMW Z4. The sweeping hood, long wheelbase, low beltline and low-slung rear end play a more vivid and uncompromising part in shaping its appearance than is evident wîth any of its §egmènt rivals.

The Zagato Roadster is a follow-up to the Zagato Coupé, which debuted at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy this past May. What is really remarkable about the Roadster is that it was developed over a much shorter time span than the Coupé; it went from concept to completion in roughly six weeks. From the rear wheels back, the Zagato Roadster is entirely different from the Coupé.

Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 12.2 percent on sales of 127,181 compared to 113,357 sold in the first five months of 2013. In May, BMW SAV's led the way into the summer months with an increase of 80.6 percent from May 2013 and 25.5 percent for year-to-date. In May, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 14.1 percent to 18,064 vehicles compared to the 15,831 vehicles sold in May, 2013. But now I have a new favorite: The Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

The all-new 2009 Z4 is BMW's fifth roadster offered during the past two decades. The first model was the late-80's steel and composite two-seat BMW Z1. It never made it to the States, but its influence paved the way for our U.S.-built BMW Z3 in 1996. The aluminum-bodied roadster featured an M-sourced V8 under the hood, and exclusivity that drove the secondary market wild, at least for a while. Killing two birds with one stone, BMW has altered the formula significantly for 2009.

The Connecteddrive suite of peculiarities is overhauled for 2014 to incorporate High Beam Assistant, Park Distance Control, and, for route prepared autos, web-open gimmicks like BMW Online Portal, ongoing activity data, and iphone-based BMW applications that can output Twitter or Facebook posts and read them distinctly. Upgrades for the 2014 model year include the installation of the BMW Professional satellite navigation system.

Z4 models with the optional navigation system include iDrive, an interface that uses a directional and tactile controller-rather than touch screens-to access infotainment, navigation, and communications features. For 2013, the Z4 Roadster gets more standard equipment, as well as a price drop of $1,300 for the base Z4 sDrive28i. This is a significant car in many ways, tracing its roots to the BMW Z3 that marked the company's first two-seater sold in the U.S. in decades.

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