NEW FOR 2016:

-Manual transmission option eliminated from all trims
-sDrive 28i adds standard 18-inch wheels

Last year, BMW pulled the six-speed manual transmission option from the six-cylinder Z4’s order guide, and for 2016, it disappears altogether, leaving all Z4 models as self-shifters.

Engine choices remain the same: the line starts with the sDrive 28i with its turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, which makes 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and comes matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. sDrive 35i and 35is models share a 3.0L turbocharged inline six-cylinder that makes 300 hp/300 lb-ft in the 35i model, and is uprated to 335 hp/332 lb-ft in 35is trim. Both models use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Standard features in sDrive 28i models includes 18-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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