2016 BMW Z4 Release Date and Review

2016 BMW Z4 Release Date, MSRP, Interior, Engine – The 2016 BMW Z4 release date hasn’t been announced yet but should be anticipated in the coming weeks. This exceptional release from BMW comes adorned in sleek styling and a cabin choke full of creature comforts. Some of the Z4 highlights include excellent visibility, fast-folding hardtop, agile engines, cozy ride, a fuel-efficient standard model, and solid brakes.

2016 BMW Z4
2016 BMW Z4

That said, the German automaker has hit the juiciest spot in the convertible market segment with its range of trims (depending on the engine choice), ranging from the well-equipped base model to the top-of-the-line trim. Specifically, the new 2016 BMW Z4 comes in three flavors: sDrive28i, which derives its inspiration from a 4-cylinder turbocharged 240 hp engine, the sDrive35i capable of cranking 300 horsepower, and lastly, the sDrive35is good for 335 horsepower. Apart from the sDrive28i, the remaining versions come powered by an inline 6-cyl powerplant.

2016 BMW Z4 front angle, white color

Sadly, the new Z4 also has a flipside among its many attributes, including but not limited to the costly price and inadequate trunk space. As for the price setback, we highly recommend you sample out the Mazda MX-5 Miata for 2016. Other worthy alternatives include the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK and Porsche Boxster 2016. Furthermore, there also exist some sporty convertibles, for example the BMW 2 Series and Audi A3. However, the 2016 BMW Z4 still remains the best choice.

2016 BMW Z4 rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Exterior Changes & Interior Photos – 2016 BMW Z4

First things first, the new vehicle comes as a 2-seat convertible fitted with a retractable hardtop roof. The 2016 BMW Z4, as already mentioned, comes in three variants depending on the choice of the engine. Base sDrive28i, mid-trim sDrive35i, and top-of-the-line sDrive35is.

2016 BMW Z4 front
2016 BMW Z4 front

The base 2016 BMW Z4 sDrive28i fitted with a 4-cyl turbocharged engine comes equipped with an automatic climate control, 17” alloy wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, leatherette upholstery, lumbar adjustable thigh support, bi-xenon headlights, driver memory settings, iDrive interface, leather wrapped steering, LED running lights, adaptive headlights, CD player, auto-dimming mirrors, auxiliary audio jack, automatic trunk lid, BMW Assist service, and audio interface.

2016 BMW Z4 back
2016 BMW Z4 back

Moving up the trim ladder is the 2016 BMW Z4 35is model, which comes fitted with a robust engine, adaptive dumpers, sport steering wheel, 18” wheels, premium audio system, unique styling cues, and improved interior trim.

2016 BMW Z4 exterior, grille

Furthermore, there are multiple options available. Chief among them is the Cold Weather package which bundles headlights washers, front heated seats, and heated steering wheel. Next is the M Sport package that ropes in sport steering wheel, adaptive suspension, 19” wheels, and aerodynamic exterior. The Technology package comes with BMW Assist, voice controls, traffic information, smartphone app integration, and navigation system. Lastly, you should expect color-themed packages which include special interior accents, leather wrapped steering wheel, and suede headrests.

2016 BMW Z4 interior
2016 BMW Z4 interior

Some of the stand-alone features available on the 2016 BMW Z4 include automatic high beams, satellite radio, heated seats, rear parking sensors, and different wheels.

2016 BMW Z4 interior, steering wheel

Price & Release Date – 2016 BMW Z4

The 2016 BMW Z4 release date hasn’t been announced yet. Expect the vehicle to set you back by an MSRP of $46,000 for the base Z4.

Engine Specs – 2016 BMW Z4

The sDrive28i comes fitted with a 2L turbocharged 4-cyl engine capable of generating 240 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. The RWD comes standard here, but you can opt for either the 6-speed manual of eight-speed auto without any additional charges.

2016 BMW Z4 engine view

An automatic stop-start function is provided for all manual-equipped cars, the feature comes handy in mitigating the fuel consumption. In our test drive, a 2016 BMW Z4 28i with a manual transmission system sprinted from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The acceleration compares similarly to that of the Mercedes SLK350 V6.

According to EPA, the 2016 BMW Z4 fuel economy ratings stand at 22/34/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined when manually equipped, and a dip of 1mpg/highway with an auto.

Moving on, the 2016 BMW Z4 sDrive35i comes equipped with a 3L turbocharged 6-cyl able to crank 300 horsepower and 300 pounds of torque. Here a 7-speed automated manual transmission is exclusively provided. According to the automaker, the Z4 should be able to dash to 60 mph in 5 seconds. Its fuel consumption ratings are given as 17/24/20 mpg.

2016 BMW Z4 engine

Finally, the 2016 BMW Z4 sDrive35is comes with a more aggressive version of the 3L turbocharged 6-cyl able to crank 335 horsepower and 332 pounds of torque. Here, a DCT is the sole transmission system. Our test drive indicated that it was able to hit 60 mph from standstill in 5.0 seconds. Its fuel economy ratings according to EPA are 17/24/20 mpg, apparently similar to those of the 35i.


Wheelbase: 8 ft. 2.3 in. (98.3 in.)
Length: 13 ft. 11 in. (167 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.5 in. (70.5 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 8 ft³
Curb weight: 3263 lbs
Top Speed: 155 mph
0-60: 5,0 sec
MPG: 17/24 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Deep Sea Blue Metallic, Estoril Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Jet Black…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

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