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BMW Z4 roadster: After a successful launch, refinements for its second
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - When the
Z4 roadster was introduced a year ago, it was a significant leap forward
from its highly successful Z3 predecessor. Indeed, the Z4's debut was much
more than just "successor replaces predecessor," for the new Z4
roadster put BMW in a more elevated, sophisticated segment of the roadster
To paint the broad strokes:
Built on a longer wheelbase than that of the Z3, the Z4 is also wider and
longer - while employing advanced engineering to keep any associated
weight increase to a minimum. More to the point, the Z4 expresses a
traditional concept - that of the two-seat sport roadster - in utterly new
terms of unique design, contemporary engineering and comprehensive
The Z4 places BMW squarely in
the field of sophisticated, full-featured sport roadsters. It comes
exclusively with 6-cylinder power and offers a choice of four transmission
types. Its chassis engineering is new, encompassing multi-link rear
suspension, standard run-flat tires and wheel/tire diameters up to 18
inches. The Z4 offers amenities and options never before seen in a
regular-production BMW roadster. Safety engineering and features have been
As was the Z3, the Z4 Series
is produced at BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina factory, which employs
the most advanced production equipment and processes and serves all
international markets for the Z4. Two models are offered: the Z4 roadster
2.5i at $33,895 base price including destination; and the
higher-performing, more extensively equipped Z4 roadster 3.0i at $41,045.
As with all other 2004 BMWs, these prices include BMW Full Maintenance for
4 years or 50,000 miles.
What's new for 2004
The '04 Z4 roadsters are
improved in detail for the '04 model year:
wipers and automatic headlight control, formerly included in the
optional Convenience Package, are now standard.
BMW Assist, a suite of
convenience and safety services built around an integrated wireless
communication and positioning system, is newly offered as part of the
Premium Package or a stand-alone option.
steering wheel for enhanced convenience.
Hardtop prep is offered
as an option; the hardtop is available for the '04 model year.
A new color combination -
Dream Red/Black - is offered for the leather interior that is standard
in the 3.0i model and optional in the 2.5i, and for the
extended-leather interior that is optional in the 3.0i only. This is
in addition to the already available Dream Red/Gray combination for
both these interiors.