2013 BMW Z4

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What's New for 2013:
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard 8-way power seats for sDrive28i
  • Standard 10-way power sport seats for sDrive35i
  • Standard memory for the driver's settings
  • Standard Comfort Access keyless entry
  • Standard ambient cabin lighting
  • Standard universal garage door opener
  • Standard auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors
  • Standard 18-inch wheels for sDrive35i
  • Standard premium surround-sound system for sDrive35is
  • Canyon Brown interior package
  • Citrus Yellow interior package

Exterior Features
The 2013 BMW Z4 is a 2-seat roadster with a power-retractable hardtop. It is sold in three model series: sDrive28i, more powerful sDrive35i, and sport-tuned sDrive35is. Standard equipment for the Z4 sDrive28i includes automatic xenon adaptive headlights, rain-sensing wipers, heated power exterior mirrors with auto-dimming glass, 17-inch aluminum wheels, run-flat performance tires, and a power-retractable hardtop.

Interior Features
For 2013, the BMW Z4 comes standard with most of the contents of the former Premium package. Leather is still an option for the Z4 sDrive28i (leatherette is standard), but now the car is equipped with 8-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient cabin lighting, Comfort Access keyless entry, and a choice between wood or brushed aluminum interior trim. Additional standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, trip computer with an outside temperature display, wind deflector, and a stereo with HD Radio, CD/MP3 player, auxiliary audio input jack, and an iPod/USB connection.

Optional Features
Upgrading to the Z4 sDrive35i adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, 10-way power sport seats with manually adjustable thigh support, and sun-reflective leather upholstery.

The Z4 sDrive35is includes a Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) with paddle shifters, M-tuned adaptive suspension and an aerodynamic body kit, and achieves a top speed of 155 mph, according to BMW. Cosmetic upgrades include M badges, Carbon Atlas interior trim, Anthracite headliner, M doorsill plates, and an M Sport steering wheel. This model also comes standard with a premium surround-sound audio system, and with BMW Assist telematics with 4 free years of the Safety Plan, which includes Automatic Crash Notification service.

There are few options available for the 2013 BMW Z4. The Cold Weather package is offered for all three models, and includes heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and retractable headlight washer nozzles. The Premium Sound package adds a surround-sound audio system and satellite radio to the sDrive28i and sDrive35i models. New Canyon Brown and Citrus Yellow packages are available for 2013, adding an extended leather treatment, premium leather upholstery, and unique interior trim.

The Z4 sDrive28i is also available with a Sport package including 18-inch aluminum wheels, 10-way power-adjustable sport seats, adaptive M suspension, and a top speed of 155 mph. The M Sport package is also offered for the Z4 sDrive28i and Z4 sDrive35i models, equipping the cars like the sDrive35is.

Additional options for the BMW Z4 include metallic paint, leather (sDrive28i), extended leather treatment for the cabin, upgraded wheels, front and rear park-assist sensors, navigation system, automatic high beam headlights, DVD changer, BMW Assist telematics with 4 free years of the Safety Plan service (except sDrive35is), and BMW Apps smartphone integration.

Under the Hood
BMW offers two different turbocharged engines in the 2013 Z4. The Z4 sDrive28i is equipped with a turbocharged, direct-injection, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque spread evenly between 1,250 rpm and 4,800 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox with automatic stop/start technology is standard, or buyers can opt for a new 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel shift paddles.

The Z4 sDrive35i is equipped with a turbocharged, direct-injection, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine generating 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,400 rpm and 5,000 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard on this model, and a 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) with paddle shifters is optional.

A more powerful version of the turbocharged 6-cylinder engine is installed in the Z4 sDrive35is, rated to deliver 335 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque starting at 1,500 rpm. The DCT is standard on this model.

A Driving Dynamics Control system is standard on all Z4 models, and is equipped with Comfort, Sport and Sport + driving modes.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 BMW Z4 are:

  • Z4 sDrive28i with manual transmission: 22/34/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Z4 sDrive28i with automatic transmission: 22/33/26 mpg
  • Z4 sDrive35i with manual transmission: 19/26/21 mpg
  • Z4 sDrive35i with DCT: 17/24/19 mpg
  • Z4 sDrive35is with DCT: 17/24/19 mpg

The 2013 Z4 is equipped with dual frontal-impact air bags, dual side-impact air bags, and dual knee air bags. Additionally, the roadster comes standard with traction control, stability control, hill-start assist, and a 4-wheel vented disc anti-lock braking system with Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying, Brake Stand-by, Cornering Brake Control, and adaptive brake lights. The Z4 also has a rollover protection system that deploys rear rollbars to help protect occupants in a rollover crash.

Optional safety features include front and rear park-assist sensors and BMW Assist telematics with 4 free years of Safety Plan service. With the Safety Plan, the Z4 includes Automatic Crash Notification, which automatically activates after an air bag deployment to help speed rescue to the occupants. (BMW Assist is standard on sDrive35is models.)

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 BMW Z4.


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