Sorry for the long winded review but it's been a long afternoon.
Test drove the Z4 coupe today and was shocked when the dealer told me to keep it for the afternoon. Not one to walk away from a good thing I drove it everywhere. The freeway, surface streets and even a stint on the South Beltway. I even ran it over to my apartment to see if it could make it up the steep ramp to my parking garage. I've never spent any serious time in the cockpit of the ultimate driving machine so this was a treat. So much of a treat it was hard for me to give the keys back.
PROS: First off. Fit and finish was amazing. Everything in this car fits and is solid as a brick. It's like the first time I picked up a Valentine One and said "This is a nice piece of technology"
The driving position was superb. Everything was exactly where I wanted it and I didn't hit a wrong switch the whole afternoon. AND THE GUAGES ARE RED!!!!! LOVE THE RED GUAGES!
The suspension is tight, and I mean waaaay tight but perfect for me. Turning hard on bumpy corners gives the same bouncing effect the Vette used to get so you have to take that into account before you plow around an unknown corner. But of course if you reach in too far the wickedly precise steering will let you counter-steer your way out of trouble.
One big surprise was high speed responsiveness. With only 270 bhp I fully expected the car to be flat on hard acceleration which it was from 0-60. But once you get into triple digits it seemed to pickup extra power from somewhere. On the South Belt where there were no cars jumps from 100 to 130 were as quick as 5 seconds. Once in the triple digits stability was as good if not better than the Corvette. I could drive that car all day at 150 mph.
Now for the styling. This car has a bipolar effect on people. They seem to love it or hate it. Just walking around this titanium silver example my impressions were all positive. The new roof-line though steep gives this car what I think the roadster lacks. A strong visual connection between the front and the rear sections reminiscent of the old Jaguar E type. And of course if that's not enough, an extra bit of rigidity in the chassis doesn't hurt my aesthetic impressions.
Front surface area was minimal. I'm not sure how it's radar signature would measure up to the Corvettes but it's low and narrow. In other words it's a small car. And small is good against the LEOs. There were nice locations for the front jammer heads as well.
CONS: The styling. The car is nicer than the roadster but still a little awkward from the rear. Especially this regular version with the thinner wheel offset to the edges of the fenders. The M Coupe which I have yet to see up close supposedly does not suffer this problem. Still when I drove by Woodrows to show my friend Jack he could only say "wtf! you've got to be kidding me! This thing is hot!" In fact most all of my downtown friends loved it. Except for my friend Kim that thinks it looks "horsey" Whatever that means. Of course now that I think of it Kim kind of looks like a horse.
What this car has in the form of high speed stability it looses in high speed brake downs. Under hard braking from 130 down to 80 the brakes were plenty strong but stability was not as good as the Corvette. In fact none of the cars I've test driven so far can beat or equal the C6s brakes.
The power or lack there of. Supposedly this car will put up a 5.7 second 0-60 time. Not sure what it takes to get that time but punching it in second gear isn't very awesome. In fact nothing under the accelerator is very awesome until you get north of 90. But it sure sounds good.
Radar detector stuff: mmmmmmmmmmm well, the Valentine would have a good spot but not much room for anything else. My police scanner? The 9500ci display?? Not many spots jumped to my attention when I scanned the dashboard. And then there's the dash in general. Very weird design for the dash. I humps up in the middle and pinches off at both ends. Not exactly my favorite dash design but when I'm going 120 mph who cares what the dash looks like right?? Anyways. The rear jammer head looked like a challenge as well. Although the head installs on the rear plate there were no available trim gaps or holes that looked like I could squeeze a wire through. Might need a drill .
Overall, I was very impressed and it now moves to the top of the list.