BMW Z4

In 2002, production began on the BMW Z4, which replaced the BMW Z3. The BMW Z4 is a rear-wheel drive sports car by BMW, and is known as the E85 in roadster form and E86 as a coupe. The Z4 is a nice replacement to the Z3, which had many design complaints. To address these, the Z4 is larger, more powerful, and has a significantly stiffer chassis. The Z3 was the first BMW to be built in the United States and the Z4 is following in that tradition, as it is built in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Initially, the Z4 was available only as a roadster, but for those who were looking for a coupe, they were able to have their way in 2006. Designer Chris Bangle is given the credit for bringing to life the Z4. He was highly criticized though for his "flame surfacing" design and perhaps too aggressive styling choices. However, the Z4 really isn't that radical in comparison to the other BMW cars in production. To Mr. Bangle's credit, as of 2006, the entire BMW car line, including the BMW 3 Series, had incorporated his design theme. Like its predecessor, the Z4 features a strut type front suspension. The rear suspension, on the other hand is considerably different from that of the Z3. Instead of a semi-trailing arm suspension, the Z4 uses a more sophisticated multi-link suspension. Some of the luxury features available to those who are seeking a more chic ride are 18-inch wheels, stability control, hydraulic rack and pinion steering, cross-drilled rotors and a variable M limited-slip differential. The acceleration time of the vehicle from zero to sixty mph is reported to be 4.9 seconds. Additionally, like other BMWs on the market, it has a computerized maximum speed of 150mph that BMW has voluntarily installed.