Nothing says summer fun like a carefree spin along the coast with the top down, and the new Z4 sDrive30i screams both "summer" and "fun" from its throaty engine. However, whether you're cruising down PCH on a sunny day, or simply driving to your daily grind, the Z4—the first BMW roadster with a retractable hardtop—is sure to put a smile on your face. This quick and nimble drop top features super fun, responsive handling and holds the road great—even at high speeds. And although there are cars in its class with more powerful engines—the Chevy Corvette Coupe being one—our Z4, with its 3.0-liter, 255-hp inline-6, rocketed us around town without a problem.
While the emphasis is definitely still placed upon performance with this two-seater convertible, the updated Z4's expanded dimensions let us know that the people at BMW care about our comfort. The interior, while still tight, is slightly roomier, and the trunk offers decent storage space with the top up or down—maybe even enough to squeeze in a set of golf clubs. Despite the Z4's added emphasis on comfort, though, we were somewhat disappointed with the hardtop's noisy ride—and especially surprised to find that much of it came as a result of the car's mechanics within. However, given the chance to own the BMW Z4 sDrive30i as our daily driver, we're sure we could learn to live with a little background noise.