BMW tempts with cheaper model and facelift

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

Z4 fans will need their I-Spy book of con­vert­ibles to spot the changes be­tween the lat­est mid-life re­vamped model and that which has gone be­fore.

Aes­thet­i­cally el­e­gant, it still takes just 20 sec­onds for the roof to slide grace­fully out of sight with care­fully chore­ographed pre­ci­sion.

The Z4 was a win­ner from the start and has not changed much since it was first launched 18 years ago. But to hide its age the BMW Z4 has new LED sur­rounds on the head­lights, ad­di­tional chrome de­tail­ing plus more al­loy and body colour op­tions.

The real change lies in the in­tro­duc­tion of a new en­try- level sDrive 18i model which comes in at £27,610 – £2,100 less than the pre­vi­ous en­try level sDrive 20i.

The car is pow­ered by the same 2.0litre twin turbo-charged engine, but it is de­tuned to 154bhp as op­posed to the 184bhp of the 20i.

Of­fi­cial statis­tics show a stand­ing start to 62mph time of 7.9 sec­onds, a top speed which red­lines at 137mph, aver­age econ­omy of 41.5mph and emis­sions which are pushed out of the ex­haust at the rate of 159g/km.

It comes with ei­ther SE or M Sport trims, a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion with op­tional eight-speed auto and the same stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tions as the 20i.

SPOT THE DIF­FER­ENCE: New BMW Z4.

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