BMW 2005 Z4 3.0i vs. 2002 Mini Cooper S

posted Aug 11, 2009, 10:37 AM by Quentin Ballard Tremeer
After 2 years of marriage, the inevitable question came from my wife…… “You ready for kids”. At the time I owned a 2002 Mini Cooper S. I was planning to upgrade to a second hand Boxster S or a Z4 3.0i in a year or two…………
 
so I did what any man would do…… test drove the cars I could only drive if I didn’t have children. The Cooper S had given me 2 years of thrilling, hassle free motoring. The whistle from that super charger never failing to get the hairs on the back of my neck standing up, my right foot planted to the floor and the adrenaline going. I don’t care that my friends told me it was a girls car………..It was ……. and still is one of the most exciting cars I have ever driven ……..and most certainly the best car I have ever owned…………….. AND have you seen the kind of girls that own them…………..

Getting back to the Z4…….. I stepped in ….. strapped up ……. expecting the nearly double sized engine to amaze me…………. it felt slower……….. and handled corners worse…. at twice the price…… A tow truck driver told me the most common vehicles he collects as wrecks…… with people dead in them…….. are Z4’s…….. I can understand why…. You have to have no brain to buy one…… for R25k more - at the time - you could have had a Boxster that is 1 second faster and handles properly (see my article on Boxster vs TT vs 2009 Z4)………and still for one third the price the Cooper S has a lot to beat……Wow I miss my mini……

Mini Cooper S: 0-100kph 8.3seconds; Power to weight = 97; Cost New Jan 2006 = R215500
BMW Z4 3..0i: 0-100kph 7.5seconds; Power to weight = 121; Cost New Jan 2006 = R470000
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