I’ve read a lot about how this new BMW Z4 has been dynamically transformed from its predecessor, so much so I thought it might do what no previous Z-car had managed to do, i.e. provide serious opposition to a Porsche Boxster. Based on this, fat chance.
OK, this entry level 194bhp Z4 is both cheaper and a lot less powerful than any Boxster, so it would be unfair to hope it might rival one in a straight line. But with a shorter wheelbase and a (much) wider track than the old Z4 as well as new aluminium-intensive suspension, I really thought it could be quite something in the corners.
But it’s not. It’s very composed, always goes where you expect and is in all ways an entirely pleasant thing to drive. But laugh-out-loud fun? Not even close, I’m afraid – it’s a faint smile playing on the lips at best.
If You Have a Breakdown
The "Sta-Kleen" sleeve-mit, to keep you clean while making roadside adjustments. The retail price is 1s. 6d. a pair and the makers are Fred Hutley Ltd,. Keighley, Yorkshire.
A Paris-Vienna De Dietrich
Sir, I was very interested to read, in your "Cars in Books" article, the reference to Lord Iveagh's 1902 De Dietrich Paris-Vienna racing car. Your theory that this was the…
Cars In Books, June 1975
HAVING had good service in post-war times from a 1926 Clyno, I was interested to come upon references to such a car, in use in contemporary times, in "Pack and…