The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

HE last time I did a road test for the motoring ed­i­tor it was a seven-seat Kia Rondo. Good car for its pur­pose – which is haul­ing sprogs to and from school/sport/ju­ve­nile court etc – but zero zing.

‘‘Next time, can I have a car with a bit more street cred?’’ I asked when I handed over the Kia story.

That’s how I came to be do­ing school runs in aBMWZ4 road­ster one week, and then swapped that lit­tle de­mon for the lat­est Audi TT.

Hav­ing those two sleek lit­tle cars parked in the drive­way one af­ter the other, leav­ing the trusty seven-yearold Com­modore wagon be­side them to gather even more dust than it nor­mally wears, was a rev­e­la­tion.

The neigh­bours thought I had won Lotto. The chil­dren sud­denly ac­knowl­edged my ex­is­tence.

Need a tea­spoon of su­gar, dar­ling? No prob­lem, I’ll just drive to Cairns to get it for you.

The Z4 I swanned around in for seven days was the lat­est ver­sion of the BMW beauty, a hard-top con­vert­ible with a three-litre en­gine and more ac­ces­sories, styling and fea­tures than I could get a han­dle on in such a short time.

I have never driven a car like the Z4 be­fore. Hell, I have never sat in a car like the Z4 be­fore.

It did strange things to me. For a start, I felt com­pelled to dress bet­ter. It just didn’t seem right jump­ing into this marvel of en­gi­neer­ing in board­ies, thongs and a T-shirt held to­gether only by old paint stains.

Some un­seen force em­a­nat­ing from the sil­ver bul­let in the garage was sub­ju­gat­ing my nor­mal anti-fash­ion cloth­ing choices, and I broke out the leather jacket, the sports coat, my

COOL WHEELS FOR A COOL DUDE: Rory Gib­son and the Audi TT TDi which made him feel like a new man – for a while.

Pic­tures: Kevin Bull

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