NEW FOR 2009:

– All-new model
– Roadster and Coupe models replaced with a single retractable hardtop model

All-new for 2009, the BMW Z4 is the successor to both the Z4 Roadster and Coupe, and is the first BMW Roadster with a retractable hardtop. It also features the latest generation of driver-selectable, three-stage Dynamic Drive Control, and the first use of the iDrive control system in the model.

The two-piece retractable hardtop, which BMW says improves rear visibility by 52 per cent compared with the previous-generation Z4, opens or closes in 20 seconds.

The Z4 is available as the sDrive30i, with naturally-aspirated 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder, and as the sDrive35i, with twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six (the sDrive designation refers to rear-wheel drive). Both use a six-speed manual transmission that can be optioned to a six-speed automatic in the sDrive30i, and to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in the sDrive35i.

Features on the sDrive30i include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Dynamic Driving Control with Normal, Sport and Sport+ modes, adaptive automatic xenon headlamps with washers, adaptive brake lights, heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, heated washer nozzle jets, tire pressure warning system, power locks with multi-function remote, front knee airbags, side thorax airbags with integrated head airbag, dynamic cruise control, locking illuminated glovebox, multifunction three-spoke sport steering wheel with telescopic column, power windows, heated six-way manual "leatherette" seats, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, Bluetooth connectivity, and BMW Assist.

The sDrive35i adds exterior door handle lighting, split exhaust tips, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Comfort Access including remote top operation, silver door entry sills, interior lighting package, garage door opener, and eight-way power sun-reflective leather seats with memory and lumbar support.

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