2003 BMW Z4 Roadster
The first generation of the Z3 was based on a previous platform and had its problems…Enter the 2003 Z4, an entirely new car from the ground up, with every element, save the engine, rethought and redefined. It's not just a new skin on the outside, it's a redesigned rear suspension for much better feedback and handling, a longer wheelbase, and a larger cabin.
For consignment the first-year version of the Z4. A total redesign with an overall lighter weight, machine age simple functionality on the interior placement of levers and knobs, and a convertible. You are nearly into the driver's seat, or at least being harkened!
Using sculpted curved lines like the hood line magically running through the front quarter right above the headlights then taking a downward plunge to the rocker and creating a cove on the doors then ascending towards the rear quarter where it disappears onto the top of the rear fender. Dual grille openings are quintessential BMW design, and the flanking integrated headlights drive that home. A rounded aerodynamic front as well as a bulbous rear deck complete with integrated spoiler and rear bumper and ladies and gentlemen we have ourselves a sports car. A nearly perfect cloth black convertible moves up and down electronically with ease, and when down reveals the dual roll bars behind each interior bucket seat. All this bathed in Sterling Gray Metallic which is a beautiful contrast to the black top. Large 18-inch wheels drip BMW design and offer up a center badged hub. Small but mighty.
Moving to the inside a mixture of leather stitched panels with black molded textured plastic, dances with brushed aluminum and creates the machined look on the door panels. Moving inside we see high back buckets in black leather smooth and shiny and the drivers bucket showing slight wear. Plenty of seat controls and memory button on the side to get it just right baby bear. An aluminum center console races past the seats toward the dash, and houses power window buttons, a sport shifter, and top control buttons. The dash front utilizes a combination of textured molded plastic in black and brushed aluminum panels. In front of the driver is a large arched dash front which has dual analog gauges in deep coves within the arch. These gauges have digital readouts and there are several warning lights in the field which separates these dual circles. A central air vent and control panel is embedded onto the aluminum and has a red display to all its controls along with a CD player slot. Black carpet covers the floors and looks like new.
German engineering loves to streamline everything with panels that cover all aspects of a car, and this engine bay is no exception. A very clean electronic fuel injected 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder is neatly placed into the clean engine bay. A 5-speed Steptronic transmission is strapped to the back of the power plant.
More straight rust free panels to give some ground effect aero to this car is seen, along with a solid unibody, stainless steel exhaust, and power disc brakes all around. Front strut suspension is seen with center link and cast aluminum upper transverse links for the rear.
As expected, this was a thrill ride for sure, from the time I lit the candles throughout the test track this car was up to par on every check box. Good acceleration, nice handling, and snappy cornering, along with a smooth cruise, it's definitely a nice example.
With a mere 53,441 original miles, always garaged in winter, well maintained by a local BMW dealership, and handled with kid gloves, if you are into some German engineering without the expense of a Mercedes-Benz, then hurry on down to Classic Auto Mall for this small slice of Bavaria.
4-Manual Belts, Advanced Airbags
L-Greer, SC Assy Plant
U04823-Sequential Unit Number