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2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is preview (photos)

BMW cranks a little more power out of its Z4 roadster, increasing horsepower and adding sport equipment. The Z4 sDrive35is debuts at the 2010 Detroit auto show.

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A tweaked version of the standard Z4 roadster, the Z4 sDrive35is gets more power from stronger turbochargers on the engine, along with a transmission straight out of the M3.
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BMW fitted the Z4 sDrive35is with exhaust baffles and mufflers designed to produce a deep note that will probably sound bigger than the car.
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As a retractable hard top, the Z4 sDrive35is remains comfortable in harsh weather, and secure on the street.
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The addition of the 's' after the 'i' in the car's model name hearkens back to earlier BMW models designed with a sporting edge.
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Enhanced turbocharging gives the Z4 sDrive35is 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, making it a particularly fast little roadster.
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BMW's seven-speed twin-clutch transmission includes paddles on the steering wheel for manual shifting. The roadster also gets the full complement of BMW cabin tech.
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Equipment from BMW's vaunted M sports division is also available for the Z4 sDrive35is, from cosmetic details to an adaptive suspension.

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