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Honda S2000 AP2 vs. BMW Z4 2.5i E85 and Porsche Boxster S 987 - road test 2020 Dan Sherwood and Drive-My EN/UK

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  • Body: Roadster
  • Type: Petrol
  • Battery: 12 volt
  • Fuelling: Injection
  • Aspirate: Natural
  • Drive: RWD
  • Trnsms: Manual 6-spd
Simon Jackson

Original Porsche cars specialist-editor. Test-driver.

Arguably we should only extol the virtues of a BMW we know to be truly better than its rivals. Here the humble Z4 takes on respected drop top rivals of its ilk and era – can it triumph despite being outgunned? Words: Simon Jackson. Photography: Dan Sherwood.


The Acid Test Z4 VS RIVALS

You pick up a copy of Drive-My/BMW-Section to read about BMWs, of that much we can be certain. However, despite the site’s unwavering mission to deliver unbiased verdicts on the marque’s cars both new and old, you might perhaps expect in our writing a certain degree of lean toward our favourite Bavarian brand. We do stress our independence of BMW AG in black and white in every single issue, and yet, as diehard enthusiasts of the brand, it’s likely true that we’d rather see a silver lining in any dark BMW cloud than to paint the cars we love in a bad light – providing a reliable opinion but balancing out any negatives by focusing on positives.


The Acid Test Z4 VS RIVALS
The Acid Test Z4 VS RIVALS

For us all this is made easer given that Drive-My/BMW is not a multi-marque publication, in these pages you won’t see the latest M car going up against its dedicated rivals from other manufacturers such as Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, or Audi (to name but a few) in a head-to-head shoot-out – and that is unlikely to change. Yet this got us thinking...


The Acid Test Z4 VS RIVALS
The Acid Test Z4 VS RIVALS

If we were to pitch a BMW of choice up against its genuine rivals with transparency, honesty and integrity to the fore, ditching any allegiance to BMW, what might the outcome look like? And that’s what gave birth to the somewhat unusual feature you see here, a test in which the humble BMW Z4 must go forth, outgunned by some margin, and considerably cheaper to buy than those with which it will be compared, to do battle. BMW honour, and the integrity of Drive-My site, could well be at stake here...


The Acid Test Z4 VS RIVALS
The Acid Test Z4 VS RIVALS


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The 0-100km time for a bmw z4 2.5 si is not 7.4 seconds , its 6.5 . Ive tried ,tested and done it myself.

Antonio Ghini
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That is the e85 Z4 Coupe not the Z4 Roadster... the numbers and laptimes are for the Roadster!
The Z4 Coupe is only avaible as 3.0si with 265hp engine

Bimmer Trimmer
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The Honda S2000 2.0l is the one that revs to 9000rpm. Though 9k was the limiter, it was not recommended that one rev over 8800rpms. The 458 and LFA rev to 9k too.

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The mid-engine Boxster / Cayman 987 platform is Porsches best but to make marketing since Porsche keeps the Boxster / Cayman neutered at a max 320hp. If you haven\'t realized this your either blind, stupid, delustional or don\'t care either way.

Even with just 320hp the Cayman S and Boxster spyder are quicker than the Cerrera S and 996 911 Turbo around many tracks.

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James gave the car a fully positive review, if you watched the show lol, and it doesn't matter because all 1Ms and Boxster 987 are already sold out. That said TG has some strange laptimes, like the 458s 1.19.1, (too slow) which im pretty sure they made up, as the new stig is much faster than the old, and they didn't wan't the 458 to be faster than the Enzo which did 1.19.0

Alex Fedorchenko
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