Originally Posted by turboman808
Could just be the one I have. It's got GPS, radio, cell all tied into this very hard to navigate system. I don't drive the Z4 much and unless my fiance is with me I cannot remember how to do simple things like change the radio stations or skip tracks.
OIC - my first was very base-spec. In fact, I would have ordered an M Coupe that way (no power seats, no premium package, etc) but it would have cost me an extra $15k or so, since a custom order didn't get the incentives the cars on the lots were getting back then. Compared to the others, even the Z4M is pretty low of electronic gimcrackery.
Originally Posted by tj100
And the structural rigidity argument is a bit lost on me as well. I'm not planning to spend my life on the track, and I'm pretty sure that the 996's torsional rigidity of ~12,000Nm/deg - about the same as a Maclaren F1 - will be just fine for my everyday driving.
Standards are changing as chassis improve. The BMW Z3 is fine for a roadster of the time, but I test-drove one around the same time as I bought my 2003 Z4 and man, the chassis felt floppy to me. The Z4 is as rigid as the E46 M3 coupe, and the Z4MC is 32,000Nm/degree (up there with the Zonda, iirc).