NEW FOR 2015:

-sDrive 35i model drops manual transmission option

If you consider the manual transmission a symbol of youthful exuberance, then BMW’s Z4 is a year older not only in age, but in mindset: the only notable change for 2015 is the loss of a manual transmission option for the six-cylinder sDrive 35i model.

The line once again begins with the sDrive 28i, with its turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, whose 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque can be routed through the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, or a no-cost-optional six-speed manual. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is now the only gearbox available with the 3.0L turbocharged inline six-cylinder, which makes 300 hp/300 lb-ft in sDrive 35i trim, and 335 hp/332 lb-ft in the sDrive 35is.

Standard features in sDrive 28i models includes 17-inch wheels, an electro-mechanical parking brake, automatic adaptive Xenon headlights, adaptive LED brakelights, heated side mirrors and windshield washer jets, tire pressure warning, rain-sensing wipers, driver and passenger knee airbags, dynamic cruise control, heated six-way manual front seats trimmed in leatherette, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, audio system with auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and an on-board computer with four functions.

sDrive 35i trim adds 18-inch wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror, intelligent keyless entry, an interior lighting package, garage door opener, Kansas leather-trimmed 12-way power-adjustable sport seats with driver memory and lumbar support, and an 11-speaker stereo with two subwoofers.

Finally sDrive 35is models add front and rear park sensors, an alarm system, auto-dimming side mirrors, M aerodynamic exterior package, heated steering wheel, wind deflector, 14-speaker stereo with media storage hard disc, navigation with voice control, an iDrive.

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