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BMW Z4 Roadster to be first four-cylinder offered on U.S. shores in decades

2011 BMW Z4 – Click above for high-res image gallery Forced-induction, four-cylinder engines and small cars go together likes punch and pie. BMW understands this, and the automaker has officially announced that the Z4 is the first U.S. model to get its new turbocharged mill. This marks the first time in decades that BMW is bringing a four-banger to U.S. shores. Fans of the 2002, rejoice. The BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster will serve up its engine bay for the new turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four. Output is rated at 240-horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque, which... Read More

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