The "power top" (I'm in the U.S.) works very well. I had a very slight
water leak which was easily fixed under warranty by adjusting the
weather-stripping. There is a small (about 3"x3") plastic piece in the top
mechanism which broke, but it was very easy to replace. I don't have the
auto-dimming mirror, so mine is fine. As in any modern roadster, rear
vision isn't wonderful with the top up, but the Z4 beats my wife's 2000 Saab
Wind noise is not bad with the top down and very good with the top up - if
you order the "electric hood". IIRC, the manual top is unlined and,
My main complaint is a rather stiff ride, probably due to the OEM runflat
tires. On the other hand, cornering is greatly improved over the Z3 and the
added trunk ("boot") space is appreciated on long trips.
To google, be googled, be googling, to have been googled...
* Basic: £38,000 (approx. $70,000)
* On the road charges: £900 (approx. $1,700)
* Lux Pack: £3,950 (approx. $7,300)
Maybe I'm missing something, but a .4 second improvement in 0-60 time over
the 3.0 doesn't seem like much for an additional 75HP and $25,000. I guess
that's why neither Alpina nor BMW is marketing it here in the U.S.
If you measure the worth of a car only by its 0-60 time then sure, it's
poor value for money. But then 0-60 is a pointless measurement; where
Alpina is sold, 0-120 mph (or, better still, 60-120 mph) is far more
interesting. Ergo, from the American point of view, few will find
value in it, so it won't be sold there.
It would have been better had you compared it to the UK base price, not
the US base price. It's a £9,000 premium over the Z4, adjusted for
Agreed. 60-120 mph opportunities aren't too common in the U.S.
I didn't realize that our currency had slipped quite so much. On the BMW UK
website, "building" my Z4 3.0 (U.S. $44,000 in the U.S.) comes to about
£34,000, or about U.S. $63,000 in the UK. As you said, that narrows the
Alpina difference considerably!
I have an Alpina Roadster S and the price difference(in the UK) between
that and a Z4 3.0 with the additional extras(as offered with the Lux
package) is only £1145. The Roadster S Lux is now being offered at
£38,850 and the 'standard' Z4 with the same options as the Lux is £37,705!
The 0-60 on the Roadster is 5.0 secs although the UK mags have got this
down to 4.7 on dry road test which is considerably quicker than the 5.7
for the standard 3.0L. On top of this is the superior handling and ride
(no run flats).
As previously stated the 0-100 or 0-120mph are much quicker! The Alpina
is a better car to the standard Z4 in almost every way! Not to mention
it will hit 169mph compared to the 3.0L 155mph (limited, unlimted is
The depreciation on the Alpina is less than the standard Z4 so the £1145
pays for itself in the first year.
I don't mean to harp on about it but the facts and figures speak for
Tom Korth wrote:
A difference of 1 s to get to 60, a diff between 5.7 s and 5.0 or even 4.7
s.... If you're a professional and crash your gearboxes you might be able to
feel the difference...IF you look at a stopwatch.
And so you can reach 169 instead of 155 mph. How does that help you on a
European motorway? Do you spend a lot of time on those few sections of
German motorway that are unlimited AND when they are not busy? How much
quicker will you get to your destination with the extra few mph at the top
What really matters, especially on single-carriageway roads, is the 50 - 70
mph acceleration. And I doubt a fraction of second diff means much. Maybe
you need more torque, and for that you need a diesel... :-) Try a Merc CLK
Choose the car you like the look and feel of...
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"Damo" < email@example.com> wrote in message
The power required to reduce a sprint from 5.7 to 4.7 is quite significant,
as is the power required to go from 160 to 169mpg. Drag increases
proportionally with the square of the speed, so 10mph difference at 150mph+
is a major difference. As a result the car will be more lively and
responsive throughout the speed range, it's just down to the individual to
decide if that is what they are looking for in a car.
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