2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is review

      The BMW Z4 sDrive35is offers outstanding power and performance without an increase in fuel consumption or emissions. Its figures are expected to match those of the BMW Z4 sDrive35i with Double-Clutch Transmission on the EPA test cycle. This balance of performance and fuel efficiency results from the fundamental design and layout of the BMW inline-6, which combines twin turbochargers with High Precision direct injection. 

        The new Z4 sDrive35is is faster and better than any other model in the Z4 line up: powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0 liters inline six with increased air flow and more boost pressure. The result is an output of 335 HP at 5,900 RPM and a peak torque of 332 lb-ft from 1,500 RPM to 4,500 RPM. The sprint from 0 to 60 MPH is made in just 4.7 seconds, while the car’s top speed is limited to 155 MPH.

        The Z4 sDrive35is gets unique, sporty programming for its electric power steering system. We’ve derided this system in the standard car, calling it vague and lacking in feedback. Hopefully the new programming will bring back some of the feel as claimed. Driving Dynamics Control, included on other Z4 models, allows the driver to adjust between normal, Sport, and Sport settings for shift speed, throttle sensitivity, and the adaptive M suspension, which also comes standard on the sDrive35is.

           * Type of engine: 6-cylinder
           * Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 4.7 seconds
           * Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 369 lb-ft
           * Transmission: 7-speed Double-Clutch
           * Top Speed: 250 km/h 
           * Price (est): $60,000