De­light for the wild at heart

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con­stantly to main­tain a Ger­man-pre­ci­sion spot on the road be­tween lane mark­ings. Move slightly around some­thing and it tries to force you back, even to the ex­tent that if you try to give a cy­clist a 1.5m wide berth, the car pushes you to within inches of the cy­clist. It’s bizarre it can see the lane mark­ing, but strangely not the cy­clist. I turned it off.

What is also bizarre is that the M40i does not make more noise. Ap­par­ently it is on the lim­its of noise lev­els for this size of car but we are sure the F-Type and Boxster make more noise.

“No­body needs a car like that [a road­ster], says Ederer. “It’ sa car you want.”

In the case of the Z4, he’s quite right. But what if you want a coupé? Well, firstly, don’t rule out a BMW coupe ver­sion though BMW wouldn’t com­ment on the pos­si­bil­ity.

How­ever, a coupé is on its way on the same plat­form: the new Toy­ota Supra which was jointly de­vel­oped with the Z4.

Not sur­pris­ingly, Ederer is quick to stress that it is a BMW plat­form and the de­vel­op­ment of parts was all done by BMW, say­ing only, “Toy­ota has its own de­sign”. We haven’t driven the new Supra, so will have to wait and see.

In the mean­time, the new Z4 is not as pure as the Z8 or as char­ac­ter­ful as the Z1, but it’ s up there with the Mazda MX-5 and Porsche Boxster in terms of driver ap­peal.

The new Z4 will reach SA show­rooms in the first quar­ter of 2019 at an in­dica­tive price of R1,030,500 for the M40i and R755,900 for the en­try-level sDrive 20i.

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