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Photos: 2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe

An excellent sports car, the 2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe has a lot of weird little quirks that take getting used to, such as learning how to control its cabin tech. Spend some time with it, though, and it will grow on you.

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CNET Reviews staff
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BMW has a strange history with its coupe versions of roadsters. The Z3 roadster got a coupe version in 1999, but it is generally considered to have been built by a renegade group within BMW. The coupe version of the Z4 obtained all proper corporate approval.
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While roadsters are popular because of their open air qualities, the coupe variants are for the serious driving enthusiast.
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For our test car, we had the M version of the Z4 Coupe, which gets a 3.2-liter straight six engine producing 330 horsepower, a lot of push for a two-seater.
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The Z4 M Coupe is very distinct from its roadster counterpart. The roofline, with its severely slanting back, changes the appearance dramatically from the convertible top. The front-end retains its muscular bulge.
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There is little compromise in this sports car. For example, although it is a hatchback, it's strictly a two-seater in the grand tourer tradition, designed for two people to get away for a long weekend.
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The cargo space in the Z4 M Coupe is tight, compromised by the slant of the hatchback.
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Four pipes and a big M badge show that this car comes from BMW's line of high-performers. The M line was originally built as daily cars for BMW racing drivers.
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Space is tight in the cabin of the M Coupe, although the powered seats have good vertical adjustment.
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The three spoke steering wheel has a thick rim and good oversteer to compensate for its small size.
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Lights on the tachometer indicate redline, along with a yellow zone that gets higher as the engine gets warmed up.
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The six speed shifter has a ratchety feel going into gears, which could be a symptom of a powertrain that's due for an update.
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This Sport button unleashes very sensitive throttle response. Turn it off while underway and the car feels like it's suddenly got a trailer attached.
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The navigation screen swivels up out of the top of the dash, a good way to make it fit in the car, but in this position it is subject to glare.
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The main interface looks unfinished. It functions well enough, but it's not very informative.
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The map resolution is good on this navigation system.
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With an MP3 CD in the disc player, the screen shows track information.
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The equalizer allows for a high degree of sound customization for the M Coupe's THX certified sound system.
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The auxiliary audio input is hidden under the dashboard overhang. You pretty much have to read the manual to find it.
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The cell phone integration in the M Coupe works very well, with full access to phone books, making it easy to dial your contacts.
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We weren't very impressed with the voice command, as it only controls the telephone function.

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