BMW Z4 3.0i 

  • $41k
  • 2003
  • 189 HP 2.5L
  • 145 mph
The same editor also wrote, "Yet I still love this car for its avant-garde styling (especially in red), beautiful interior, quick and easy top, awesome steering, grippy suspension, strong motor, and manly sounding exhaust.
by MotorTrend (Aug, 2004)
The run-flat tires and sport suspension made the Z4 stiff-riding at times, especially over Michigan's potholed roads, but the Z4's well-balanced handling was highly praised.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2005)

Road Tests Real world tests of the BMW Z4 3.0i


Z4 3.0i
5.5 s
MX-5 Miata
6.8 s

Top speed

Z4 3.0i
145 mph
MX-5 Miata
130 mph
Impreza WRX STI
158 mph


Z4 3.0i
16.4 s
Solstice GXP
13.1 s

Top Gear track time

Z4 3.0i
Impreza WRX STI
Nissan 350Z

1/4 mile

Z4 3.0i
14.8 s
MX-5 Miata
16.3 s

Nurburgring time

Z4 3.0i
Nissan 350Z

Data points Key details of the BMW Z4 3.0i


Z4 3.0i


Z4 3.0i
189 HP

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


And the haters also can choose between a six-speed manual or a conventional automatic.
by MotorTrend (Aug, 2004)
The 2.5-liter cars are offered with a five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
We actually drove another Z4 identical to our long-termer, right down to the color, but without the complex nav system and with the base six-speed manual transmission.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2005)


The only combination we've tried thus far is the 3.0-liter six-speed, and it's impressive.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
The SMG is basically a manual with an electrohydraulically actuated clutch and gearshifts.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2005)
The SMG is supposed to combine the sportiness of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2005)


SNOW TIRES: Winter weather didn't stop us from driving the Z4, but there's little doubt one of us would have wound up in a ditch without snow tires.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2005)
In fact, if there's a fault to be found with the Z4's handling, it's the opposite: The rear sticks longer than necessary (read "understeer).
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
Snowbelt owners will need to spring for a set of snow tires if they want to keep driving their Z4s through the winter months.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2005)


But allied with the world's most rapid and linear throttle response, you can easily transfer power rearward with one healthy application of the gas pedal.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
You can opt for the 184-hp, 2.5-liter six or the 225-hp, 3.0-liter six that powered our test car.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
We'll forgive a sports car its firmness - even a bit of abusiveness - for performance.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)


So when BMW entered the market for 1996, it was no surprise that its Z3 was a retro-styled four-cylinder runabout with a manual fabric roof.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
But the power top that comes standard on the Boxster is a $750 option on the Z4.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
A version of the M3's SMG auto-clutching manual will be available for the 3.0-liter in April.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand BMW
Price $40,900
Year 2003
Highway mileage 31 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 14.67 lb/hp
Maximum hp 189 HP @ 5,900 RPM
Maximum torque 181 ft-lb @ 3,500 RPM
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 2,500 cc
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.2:1
Bore/stroke 3.31 in / 3.54 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,772 lb
Width 70.1 in
Height 51.1 in
Length 161.1 in
Front track width 58 in
Wheelbase 98.2 in

road tests

Top speed 145 mph
1/4 mile 14.8 s
0-60mph 5.5 s
0-100mph 16.4 s
0-200kph 30.1 s
Lateral acceleration 0.91 g
Top gear time 1:37.30
20.6km nurburgring time 8:32.0
Tsukuba circuit time 1:08.73
Hockenheim short lap time 1:20.0


Drivetrain Rear wheel drive
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 432/? 203
Rear wheels 432/? 203
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