Two-seaters are in trouble. Or so claimed a piece in trade journal Automotive News. I came across the grim report just as I sat down to write the final chapter of our year with the Z4, and it was shocking to see that year-to-year sales of such cars as the Merc
One of the first lessons I learned as an automotive journalist is that it takes time to appreciate the little things in a car new to my experience. Perhaps it's just human instinct that makes me notice, at first, every little detail that I dislike, and it's on
I was a bit worried. As the magazine's most enthusiastic fan of our long-term Z4, I've frequently had to explain (read: defend) the SMG to the unbelieving. I told all who would listen that the SMG was a very good transmission; you just needed to learn the shif
The tail of an arctic storm was whacking Los Angeles as I got reacquainted with our Z4 roadster. Previous, short stints in the car had left me indifferent, chiefly because I felt its sequential manual gearbox (SMG) blunted the two-seater's better qualities. SM
New release or rerun? Since Exec. Ed. Sherri Collins hit the Wayback Machine for the landshark skit on "SNL," I recall one episode where Chevy Chase replied to Lorraine Newman that he was only a dolphin, and then on cue she opened the door. In order to properl
The advertisements call it a land shark. As someone old enough to have watched the original episodes of "Saturday Night Live," I can't help but link "land shark" with "candygram" (and Chevy Chase and Lorraine Newman). The association is probably unintended--I'
Known for its fine wines, superb seafood and gorgeous coastline, Portugal is also one of the most dangerous countries for motoring. It's not so much the condition of the roads, most of which are good, but the utter lack of enforced speed laws and those who enf
2003 BMW Z4Seven years after its introduction in 1995, the Z3's successor is finally ready for launch. The all-new Z4 is an angular reinterpretation of the original roadster; BMW calls the look "an interplay of convex and concave surfaces, hard edges and curves." It is clearly a recipient of BMW's n