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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
2007 BMW Z4 M photo

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 215 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
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

Not very comfortable

By on Monday, December 22, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: terrible ride and noise

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
3/10

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

"I've owned many roadsters and sports cars however this car was unacceptable when it came to ride comfort and noise. Of course, sports cars aren't going to ride like a Rolls Royce but I couldn't take this car anywhere over 100 miles from my house because the ride was so bad."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Most fun to drive of the dozen cars i've owned

By on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "A blast to drive"

Cons: "Maintenance (new brakes, gaskets, etc.) pricey."

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

"Best car for road feel, handling, demands acceleration through corners, not just coming out of corners. I'm AARP-age and daily commute hasn't bothered my back for 8 years, but yes, you'll feel the road more than a land cruiser. But because I'm a commuter, flaw is cupholders, cheap plastic popouts. The spring clip died or came loose. What should be a $5 clip replacement is a $200 unit replacement. $600 each to replace two engine gaskets. Gaskets are dirt cheap, so it must be labor. Brakes are about $500 each, front vs. back, but my original set went for 55,000 miles, commendable. Lousy in snow with summer or even all-weather tires. Much better if you go to extra expense of winter tires and swapping out each season. Minor gripes except for pricey maintenance costs. Most fun for dollar now that Honda retired S2000, though if you can't afford those, Miata5 is a worthy step back. Buy your times from TireRack if dealer gouges you. I've bought run flats there for less than $180 mentioned in another review here."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

VERY FUN CAR TO DRIVE AND A VERY GOOD VALUE

By on Friday, October 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "GREAT VALUE"

Cons: "NOT GOOD IN SNOW"

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

"I USE TO RACE GO KARTS AND THIS VEHICLE HANDLES AND FEELS LIKE MY RACING KART. TONS OF FUN FOR THE ROAD."

15 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Great car for the most part. Has some "issues" but don't they all. Fun, exciting car to drive. Great acceleration and good mileage. We have two Z4's. Love em both !"

14 people out of 20 found this review helpful

My previous favorite car was a 1973 BMW Bavaria 3L

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Everlything"

Cons: "None"

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

"Fabulous car. Great style, very comfortable, best A/C ever. I have ever been able to make the tires squeak. Started autocross last week and very pleased. I have owned more that 60 cars, 40+ cars where new and this is the best so far. Fast, stable and fun!"

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Always brings a smile to my face

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "a blast to drive"

Cons: "would be costly to repair"

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

"I am the second owner of a 2003 3.0, 6-speed, with premium and sport package. I love this car. It's quick, agile, and surprisingly comfortable for touring. The soft top takes up practically zero trunk space, so you can pack for a long weekend with no problem. Put Michelin run-flats on it a couple of years ago. They are a huge improvement over the OEM Bridgestones. I've had minimal problems the 4 years and 35k miles I've owned it. Biggest expense was replacing a power window motor. The cup holders are flimsy, had to replace both of them. Other than that, it's been completely reliable. I plan on keeping it several more years"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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