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2007 BMW Z4 M

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2007 BMW Z4 M Review

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Since the late 1970s BMW's renowned Motorsport GmbH division has been turning out ultra-performance "M" cars. While the best-known of these remains the 3 Series-based M3, the U.S-built Z4 roadster has continued the tradition begun by its Z3 predecessor and spawned a pair of equally scintillating offspring: the M Coupe and M Roadster. With notable upgrades to their powertrains, performance, appearance and attitude, these two-seaters are fully capable of putting their performance levels and images up to such competitors as the Porsche Boxster S and Cayman S, Chevrolet Corvette, Honda S2000, Lotus Elise and Exige, Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG and Nissan 350Z in its Grand Touring iteration.

You'll Like This Car If...

Both the Coupe and Roadster versions of this high-styled high-performance machine have the potential to fulfill the driving demands of even the hard-core enthusiast — and to do so at a remarkably competitive pricepoint.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The M Coupe and Convertible are most definitely not for the uncommitted. Neither offers an automatic transmission, and the extremely responsive handing exacts a tangible cost in ride comfort that can make their Porsche Boxster S and Cayman S counterparts feel almost cushy by comparison.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2007 Z4 Ms are mechanical carryovers from 2006, adding only a tire pressure monitor and having the subscription period on cars fitted with the optional BMW Assist and Bluetooth System increased from 12 to 48 months.

Driving the Z4 M

Driving Impressions Expanding the Z4's already formidable dynamic envelope, the M versions complement their larger 3.2-liter 330-horsepower engines and sweet-shifting six-speed gearboxes with a stiffer suspension, wider track dimensions, bigger wheels and...

tires, more direct power steering and a variable locking rear differential from the M3. The result is remarkably quick acceleration and extremely crisp responses, all supervised by a fairly non-intrusive Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) setup. Huge cross-drilled and ventilated anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) deliver plenty of confident stopping power. The trade-off for this handling capability is ride comfort, which is notably impacted by rough or uneven road surfaces.

Precise Steering Feel
Borrowed from the M3, the beautifully communicative and well-weighted rack-and-pinion power steering gear in the M Coupe and Roadster relies on straight hydraulic boost in place of the more technically complex but far less driver-connected assist systems that BMW uses in most of its other offerings.

3.2-Liter M-Spec Engine
BMW has a worldwide reputation for its superb in-line six-cylinder engines, and this M-massaged 3.2-liter stands as one its finest efforts. Redlined at a lofty 8000 rpm, it makes an exhilarating 330 horsepower — 75 more than the Z4 3.0i's 3.0-liter six — and endows both the M Coupe and M Convertible with outstanding quickness and responsiveness.

2007 BMW Z4 M Details
Interior

Compact but well finished, the Z4 M cabins make a most inviting driving environment. Exceptionally supportive sport buckets — swathed in the same premium Nappa leather that wraps the steering wheel, shift knob and handbrake grip — legible analog gauges and well-positioned pedals, function levers and switchgear are complemented by distinctive "M" logos on the doorsills, headrests and steering wheel center pad. Brushed aluminum dash and console accents are set off by a "pearl gloss galvanic" finish on the door pulls and handles, climate controls and instrument surrounds, but buyers can opt for no-cost Carbon Leather in place of the standard aluminum trim, or move up to optional polished Madeira Wood.

Exterior
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Both the M Coupe and M Roadster boast numerous tweaks that impart a more visually aggressive character to the basic Z4 bodywork. Up front, a deeper front spoiler houses larger air intakes while bi-xenon headlamps replace the Z4's halogen units and longitudinal "precision lines" add extra visual emphasis to the hood. The distinctive rear treatment includes LED Adaptive Brake Lights that respond to the intensity of the stopping effort and a revised lower diffuser punctuated with chrome-tipped quad exhaust outlets. The Z4 M models also benefit from upsized wheel and tire fitments, with each model mounting Z-rated 225/45R tires up front and 255/40R rubber in the rear on unique 18-inch alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the M models includes a full array of power assists, Nappa leather upholstery, remote keyless entry, on-board computer, automatic climate control, a 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, ultra-supportive six-way bucket seats, a three-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel on a tilt/telescoping column, comprehensive Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a special M-spec variable locking differential, 18-inch staggered-width wheel and tire packages and the weight-saving "M" Mobility System in place of a spare tire. The Roadster adds a fully-lined one-touch power top and fixed rollover hoops, while both cars have front, front-side and knee-protection airbags.

Optional Equipment

Individual extras on both the M Coupe and M Roadster include metallic paint, eight-way power seats with a three-position driver-side memory, heated seats, iPod Seamless Integrated System, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, extended Nappa leather (covering the dash, console sides, door panels, sun visors and windshield pillars) and BMW Assist with Bluetooth hands-free phone technology. The Premium Package includes eight-way power seats, cruise control, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, a 10-speaker Carver/THX Certified sound system, BMW Assist with Bluetooth and interior stow nets. The Z4 M Roadster also offers a bolt-on hardtop and hardtop prep kit.

Under the Hood

The Z4 M Coupe and M Roadster share the same 3.2-liter DOHC in-line six used in the 2006 M3. Fitted with BMW's Double VANOS variable timing on both intake and exhaust valves, it further benefits from a host of M upgrades including a compression ratio of 11.5:1, individual throttles on each cylinder, high-performance lubrication and cooling systems and a freer-flowing exhaust, all of which helps it make 330 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Backed by a quick-shifting, six-speed manual gearbox, it will send either of these stormers to 60 miles per hour in a claimed 4.9 seconds. There's even a special console-mounted "Sport" button that quickens throttle response.


3.2-liter in-line 6
330 horsepower @ 7900 rpm
262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2007 BMW Z4 M Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 222 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

One of the last pure driving experiences from BMW

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great sports car in a nice little package"

Cons: "A very rigid ride, not for the faint-hearted!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this car. I bought it with barely 51k miles and It is almost at 55k. Definitely the best car when it comes to performance I have driven to date. I almost believe this is going to be a "lifer" car unless some unfortunate unforeseen circumstance happens. I do believe for the value, you get more "car" and "performance" than it's competition which is the Porsche 911."

The 3.0 with SMG and sport package is a rocket.

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Design,accelartion,small turning circle,fun to Dri"

Cons: "The ride may be too stiff for some"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The 3.0 with SMG and sport package is truly a sport car. I drove a regular Boxster before buying this car. Boxster S was slightly better but much more expensive. You can drive this car in four different modes: Regular Auto, Regular Manual, Sport Auto, and sport Manual. In relaxed driving days I use the RM, and use the latter two on highways or when coming back from hours of sitting in the office and want some adrenalin boost. The car has very small turning circle that makes parking and U-turns easy and fun. The acceleration in Sport mode is excellent. Fuel economy is very good (I get 32HW and 24City). The car is very stable at high speeds and seems just wants to go as you accelerate. I have touched unbelievable speeds on HW-5. Once you get used to the SMG you'll like it as it is a clutch-less manual. The car has a clutch but the computer does the job depending on pressure on the accelerator or brake. It has the sporty feeling of manual without the heavy clutch that comes with most sport cars (those who have owned manual C5 corvettes, for example, would appreciate)"

Great car.

By on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Chick magnet."

Cons: "Seats are very uncomfortable ."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The only flaw with this car is this is not built for comfort. It is very sporty and has great power for a V-6. I have no regrets buying this car. I do wish that they would have put cruise control in the car to."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

This is a great, fun car. Fast and good mileage.

By on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fuel efficient, fast, fun to drive."

Cons: "Transmission notchy in second gear. Steering."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought this car second hand in 2012. Has been reliable except for battery replacement....when battery starts going, systems shut down, including fuel injector which makes motor undrivable. This is a hoot to drive, gets great mileage and looks great. The top retract system is fast and cleverly engineered. Would buy again, but not the post 2008 hard top version. This model has a usable trunk, but hard top has virtually no storage with top down."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Car Fun To Drive

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great handling and even better gas mileage."

Cons: "Start every 3 days to keep battery charged."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Thia car is fun to drive. It has great pickup and stopping. Takes turns real good but has a bit of understeer that you have to adjust to. Once you get the feel of the car it is great. Turns heads wherever it goes because color is discontinued Maldives Blue, it has an exceptional look. When I took it on a drive to Orlando, 150 miles, I was getting 30 miles to the gallon. Not the number the computer said, but based upon the miles traveled and the gas used. I did not use a full tank. And that is avereging 85 MPH. At 65 the unit gets about 35. Premium."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

12 Years off Pure Sports Car Fun!

By on Friday, January 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Blast to drive. Strong clutch. Smooth gears."

Cons: "Rough roads accent tight suspension."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A blast to drive. Corners like it's on rails, even after 12 years, especially when in the Sport mode. Bought new. Used as daily driver for 11 years."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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