You look ahead to the approaching hairpin, a calculation awaiting your response. The road lit by only the white of the moon and Xenon high beams, you glance at the speedometer – 170 km/h.
Both hands wrapped firmly around the reassuringly thick leather M sport steering wheel, one goes to grab the matching leather gear lever, while both feet move in symphony to execute a perfect heel toe downshift.
The 3.2 liter S54 straight 6 wails in mechanical elation. Hard into the brakes, trail braking mid corner, then easing into the accelerator and feeling the back end gracefully step out, you realize what the nice people at the M division of BMW were trying to show you: More power makes everything better. With 330 hp at 7900 rpm and 282 ft lbs of torque at 4900 rpm and a curb weight of 3277 pounds, 0-60 comes up in 4.6 seconds and the quarter mile whisks by at 13.2 seconds at 107 mph.
When Germans assemble muscle in a package thin and light as this, it usually is a chicken schnitzel with a wedge of lemon. But not today. This is the 2008 BMW Z4 M Roadster. The last hurrah of the analog BMW. A big naturally aspirated engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, and just you controlling your own destiny. No electronic nannies to police you. No electric steering to subtract the zeal of asphalt being felt through your fingertips. Thick leather bolsters hug you. Roof tucked away. You keep on the power and the back end hooks up with the smoothness of double cream. The S54 lets out a velvet breath of the past. A time where Turbos were not a normality. You look up at the moon staring back at you with organic gaze, no windows to subtract the aura.
Both of you know that this is it. The last vestal to the classic BMW enthusiast. Dried leaves kicked up in your wake, the sounds of the past echo off the obsidian forest surrounding you into only one letter: M.
- 18′ 10-Spoke Wheels
- Heated Seats
- Aux Input
- Extended Leather Interior
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