BMW tempts with cheaper model and facelift
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.