2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i

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The 2014 BMW Z4 28i will get your heart racing with its turbocharged engine and your hair flying with its retractable hardtop. The luxury sports car is a loop de loop away from a roller coaster ride with no line-ups.

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The 2014 BMW Z4 28i is a matured model of the famous luxury roadster that has encapsulated our imagination since it first zipped past us on the road. Fun, fast and a little furious at times, the Z4 28i is meant to go to the max, and lack thrill when it isn’t. 

Suited with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can pump 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, the Z4 28i is the lowest level of powerful 2014 BMW Z4. The Z4 35i is capable of reaching 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque and the 35is can reach 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. That doesn’t mean the 28i is weak. In a performance test, the 28i burst from zero to 95 km/h in approximately 5 seconds, which puts it in comparison with some of the speediest luxury sports cars on the market, including the Mercedes-Benz SLK350.

The BMW Z4 28i has a live-for-the-moment type of style that is just an injection of exhilaration, even when you are just looking at it. Long converging arches down the wide hood brings your eyes directly onto the Bimmer logo and the refined grille. And go for the Hyper Orange package to really attract attention with a Valencia Orange exterior.

Inside, the Z4 28i feels like a fighter jet cock pit with enhanced sophistication and class. And it’s pretty obvious that comfort still remains a high priority for BMW, especially in a vehicle built with the driver’s need in mind.  

The rear-wheel drive two-seater has 17-inch wheels and comes with a large quantity of standard features: bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto dimming mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and a sound system that can play anything from CDs to auxiliary to USB.

When it comes to safety, the Z4 28i takes extra precaution due to its speedy tendencies. In addition to the standard antilock brakes, the 2014 Z4 comes with a braking system that wipes the brakes rotors dry while it’s raining and also have instinctive gripping to help compensate for a driver’s abruptness. On board are also the BMW Assist eCall system that will notify collision and contact emergency services. 

The roadster is loud, sometimes in a not so good way, especially while idling. And the handling of the Z4 28i is not as clean as some of the other roadsters on the market such as the Mazda MX-5. But with the optional Sports and Technology package, the Z4 28i is still a dominate vehicle on the scene and an impressionable car on the road.

The 2014 BMW Z4 28i can be admired afar, but it is best enjoyed in the driver seat. The top-notch performance and comfort is fine balance of sport and luxury. Although some may consider the price a bit high and the fuel economy a bit low, the 28i continues the BMW Z4 tradition of being dynamic and exciting.

2014 BMW Z4 28i
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Rating: 8 / 10

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
sDrive28i$54,300 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
sDrive35i$63,900 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
sDrive35is$77,900 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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General Specs

Engine 2.0000 L
Horsepower @RPM240
Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
Body typeConvertible
Number of Doors2
Drive TrainRear Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeManual
Power and Performance:

The Z4 continues to be offered in three strengths: 28i, with a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder; 35i, powered by a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder; and 35is, boasting a 335-hp version of the same turbo six.


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Interiors and Special Features:

Materials and upholstery are quality to the touch as well as the eye, and while there's not an abundance of room to spare, the not-so-minimalist-take is a nod to the classic roadsters of the past.

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Safety features:

Every BMW Z4 comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control and side airbags.

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Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB
11 speakers subwoofer
Audio system with AM/FM radio, digital radio, CD player (reads MP3 format)
Diversity antenna


Brake assist with preview
Hill holder
4 disc brakes (4 ventilated)
Cornering brake control
Electronic brake distribution
Brake assist system
Electronic hand brake


Painted front and rear bumpers


Delivery/freight charge: $ 2,095.00
Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00


Cargo area light
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Driver and passenger vanity mirror
Front reading lights
BMW Assist telematics system advnced automatic collision notification
Front ashtray
Automatic door closing: hatch/trunk
Cigar lighter in front seats
Remote control trunk/hatch release
2 12V in front
Vehicle start button
Smart key:
Cruise control


External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,239, overall width (mm): 1,790, overall height (mm): 1,291, wheelbase (mm): 2,496, front track (mm): 1,511, rear track (mm): 1,559 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 10,700
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 992, front hip room (mm): 1,439, front leg room (mm): 1,072, front shoulder room (mm): 1,354 and interior volume (litres): 1,348
Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 310


Body colour exterior door handles
Doors: driver and passenger : front hinged


Emissions data: CO2: 3,586 kg/yr
Engine: 2.0L in-line four-cylinder DOHC Double-VANOS with VVT

Engine Performance

Power: 240 hp @ 5,000 rpm; 260 ft lb of torque @ 1,250 rpm
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 9.0 ; highway= 5.6 ; combined= 7.5 ;


Fuel system: gasoline direct injection
Fuel tank: 55 litre capacity
Fuel: premium unleaded ( 91 octane)


Low tire pressure monitor
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
Main dashboard display
External temperature
Service interval indicator

Interior Trim

Carpet floor mats
Floor covering: none
Luxury trim: alloy/leather on shifter, alloy on center floor console, alloy on doors, alloy on dashboard and alloy or alloy look


Directional headlight control with dusk sensor
Daytime running lights
LED brake lights and rear lights
Headlights: Bi-Xenon with projector beam lens


Remote keyless power locks ; includes power windows and automatic locking


Black paint


Convertible rollover protection: fixed hoop
Power foldable hardtop convertible roof with glass rear window


Pop up hood
Driver and passenger knee airbags
Front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
2 integrated head restraints for front seats
Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
Front side airbags (incl. head protection)


Seat upholstery: main seat material
Front driver seat and Front passenger seat : heated, bucket ; details: manual height
Front seat center armrest
Seating: 2 passengers


Main service
Intermediate service 16,000, variable distance/period and 10,000


Alloy & leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment
Power steering type


Full floor console with covered storage
Cupholders in front row


Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs


Transmission: 6-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor
Rear-wheel drive
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) stability control
Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)
3.077:1 axle ratio


Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone
Ventilation system with cabin filter, automatic recirculation and active carbon filter
Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls


Data completeness
Date introduced:
Version information 26 Mar 2013
Powertrain type : combustion
Trim level:
2-door coupe/cabrio


Front and rear power windows with 2 express
Rear view mirror
Rear window with defroster
Tinted glass
Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensor
Heated washer
Driver door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable, passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with switch tilting for reverse


Roadside assistance warranty: 48 months/ Unlimited km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 144 months/ Unlimited km
Full service warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Warranty powertrain - Total: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Paint warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km


Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,470 and Manufacturer’s own


Front and rear alloy wheels: 17"x 8.0"
Front and rear conventional tires 225/45/V includes: run-flat system