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2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i: An Excellent Roadster with Full Features

The BMW Z series is a 2-seater roadster icon from BMW, which is currently entering its 6th chapter. Now, can the 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i satisfy the desires of enthusiastic BMW fans with an open roof car?

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i black

The idea of a roadster car existed long before the arrival of the BMW Z Series. Before World War II, BMW had created the figure of the roadster: BMW 327 (1937-1941) and 328 (1936-1940). Then the cars became a symbol of exotic sporty roadster cars. A few years after World War II ended, the 50s were a historic year for BMW because the iconic BMW 507 (1956-1959) made its debut as Elvis Presley's favorite car.

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Review

The BMW Z Series began its success story since the BMW Z1 in 1989-1991, continued to the BMW Z3 in the 1995-2002 period, the BMW Z8 was briefly present in a brief period in 2000-2003, and the BMW Z4 was current in three generations.

The first generation E85 / E86 period 2002-2008, E89 (2009-2016), and G29 from 2018-present. Meanwhile, the 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i is the third generation of the BMW Z4 or the sixth generation of the BMW Z Series.

BMW Z4 sDrive30i: Exterior

  • Front
At the front fascia of the BMW Z4 sDrive30i, you'll have a kidney grille with a thinner and broader design. You will see honeycomb accents and interesting vertical details that are inspired by the speed of the racing world.

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i headlight

The BMW Z4 sDrive30i M Sport 2019 has an LED Headlight Adaptive with high-beam assistant. The engine hood extends with an arrow-shaped contour line to the kidney grille.

The hood of a classic sports car is an inspiration for BMW to maintain the clamshell's hood opening style characteristics.

  • Side area

The hood design is nicely synergized with the front fender that maximizes the body lines on the side to the taillight area.

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i door panel

Also, BMW presents an air damper design in the front fender in the form of a reasonably clear design flow to the door and rear area.

BMW Z4 sDrive30i wheel

As a roadster, the BMW Z4 uses a soft-top format on the roof with high-quality materials. You only need 10 seconds when opening or closing it. You can also do this when driving at speeds below 50 km/hour.
  • Rear
At the rear, the BMW Z4 sDrive30i combines rear spoiler details in harmony with the trunk door. The LED taillight layout is sleek, horizontally in L shape, giving a more extensive presentation. You can open the trunk door manually without an automatic mechanism. In the lower bumper area, you will find a twin tailpipe with elements typical curve of the diffuser.

BMW Z4 sDrive30i: Interior

The cockpit room is very compact for two adult passengers. Therefore the placement of critical features in the BMW Z4 sDrive30i is more driver-oriented and is packed with Aluminum Tetragon trims.

The concept of the dashboard is modern and futuristic. You can understand this through the use of the BMW Live Cockpit Pro screen for the device cluster and the excellent 10.25-inch display control.

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i interior
The seats are comfortable, thanks to the bespoke sports seats with integrated headrests. Meanwhile, elegant wraps from Vernascha Leather, contrast stitching, special piping, and seatbelt with typical motifs of BMW M further refine the interior.

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i steering wheel and screen display

Besides, M Leather steering wheel plus audio control buttons, cruise control, and transmission paddle for gearshift will provide more comfort when driving.

BMW Z4 sDrive30i: Features

  • Driving Features
The driving features are very reliable in maximizing driving dynamics. Starting from the Sport Variable Steering to optimize car handling, the M Sport Differential is integrated with Driving Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Cruise control with braking function, and Adaptive M suspension.

There is also Driving Experience Control with Sport, Comfort, and  ECO PRO + Adaptive modes. You can adjust these features through the buttons near the transmission paddle with a new design that looks like a crystal.

BMW Z4 sDrive30i gear shifter

In addition to outstanding driving features, you will also have full active safety features such as:

  1. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  2. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  3. Anti-lock Braking System
  4. Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  5. pull-away assistant
  6. braking readiness
  7. dry braking
  8. passive airbags safety system (driver + front passenger, side airbags)
  9. Roll-over protection system
  10. Side impact protection

  • Entertainment Features
The BMW Z4 sDrive30i touchscreen control display applies information technology systems for BMW 7.0 OS or iDrive 7.0. The system interface is far more intuitive and intelligent than the previous version. BMW now provides the "Hey BMW!" Voice control system and allows for more intuitive interaction. It also has an iDrive Touch Controller or hand gestures.

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i seats and interior

BMW maximizes the performance of the BMW 7.0 OS with screen mirroring, Bluetooth / WiFi interface capability, Harman Kardon audio surround sound system, and wireless charging with Qi Standard.

BMW Z4 sDrive30i: Specs and Price

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Specs
Type2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Power255 @ 5000 RPM
Torque295 @ 1550 RPM
DrivetrainRear-wheel drive
Transmission8-speed Automatic w/OD (Standard)
MPG (Miles Per Gallon)
Air Bag-Frontal-DriverEngine Immobilizer
Air Bag-Frontal-PassengerHeadlights-Automatic
Air Bag-Side Body-FrontRollover Protection Bars
Brakes-ABSSecurity System
Brakes-Type-4 Wheel DISCTraction Control
Daytime Running Lights
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning-Auto Climate ControlSeat-Memory
Air Conditioning-FrontSeat-Power Driver
Air Conditioning-Multi-ZoneSeat-Power Passenger
Auto-Dimming Rearview MirrorSeats-Front Bucket
Cruise ControlSteering Wheel-Adjustable
Keyless EntrySteering Wheel-Audio Controls
Max Seating Capacity: 2Steering Wheel-Leather
Mirrors-MemoryTrip Computer
Mirrors-Vanity-DriverUniversal Garage Door Opener
Navigation SystemPower Locks
Music & Entertainment
Audio-AM/FM StereoAudio-MP3 Player
Front Tire Size: P225/45VR18Rear Tire Size: P255/40VR18
Front Wheel Size (in): 18 X 8Front Wheel Material: Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in): 18 X 9Rear Wheel Material: Aluminum
Base Curb Weight3,287 lbs
Exterior Specifications
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)36.1
Wheelbase (in)97.2
Length, Overall (in)170.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)73.4
Height, Overall (in)51.4
Track Width, Front (in)63.7
Track Width, Rear (in)63.5

BMW Z4 sDrive30i MSRP: $ 49,700

BMW Z4 sDrive30i: Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the BMW Z4 sDrive30i has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engine plus Valvetronic, Double VANOS, as well as excellent High Precision Injection where BMW has also maximized its performance.

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i engine
This engine can produce power of 258 hp and 400 Nm of torque and channel it entirely to the rear wheels via a redesigned 8-speed Steptronic transmission so you will feel a sportier gearshift. The result is the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and the highest speed of 250 km/hour.

Ryan Daniel
Ryan Daniel Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast. Since owning his first BMW at a young age, he has loved the automotive world even more.