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SLK vs. Z4

Hey guys,

I've always wondered this so I thought I would just throw it down so you guys can give your input. I know considering this forum is an SLK World, it MAY invoke some bias info, but it also may not.

I've never been to the track so I never had the chance to test it out...but what do you guys think of this match up?

SLK 280 vs. Z4 3.0i (first gen)

SLK 280
228 hp
221 lb-ft torque
0-60mph = 6.3 secs (Mercedes-Benz.ca)

I know the First gen Z4 3.0i shared the 330ci motor. I believe it's numbers were:
Z4 3.0i (2003 - 2005)
225 hp
214 lb-ft torque
0-60mph = 6.3 secs (BMW.ca)

Today's numbers
Z4 3.0i (2007)
215 hp
lb-ft torque
0-60mph = 6.6 secs (BMW.ca)

But numbers really don't mean too much unless you test it for yourself. So what do you guys think? Has anyone actually come across any situations/experience??
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I think the Z4 is lighter due to the canvas top, so it might be a bit faster. I have nothing bad to say about the Z4, I'm one of the few that doesn't mind how they look, with the proper mods, it could look stunning.

I did look at it but didn't test drive it. It felt small compared to the SLK. The salesman kept pushing me to buy it and when I showed no interest, he was offering 14K off MSRP, that gave me a bad vibe, this car is either junk or there isn't interest, neither went well with me. And around here it was like the boxster a dime a dozen, and I wanted something new.

So I opted for the SLK, new design, head turner, performance, and hardtop, and the rest is history. Sorry I know that's probably not the answer you were looking for.

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Actually, I was supposed to buy a Z4 but my uncle beat me to it so I went for an SLK350 because I didn't want to pass for a copycat. How childish is that?! Although I still believe the Z4 is a great car, I am absolutely sure I made the right choice. To me, the SLK is a sporty luxury car while the Z4 is more of a sportscar. I find it stiffer and less comfortable than the SLK. Also, the SLK is far more exclusive (at least in Montréal). I have seen less than 10 R-171s in the past two years while I see Z4s almost on a daily basis.

BTW, is your SLK Caspian blue like mine? The lighting on your piccie makes it hard for me to tell. What can I say, I am old and my eyes are not what they used to be!
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Actually I wanted a Z4 when they first came out in 2003, I wanted it badly in Porsche Pastely Yellow and have it equipped with the whole Hamann Bodykit. Luckly enough I ended purchasing a Brutal,Mean and Sporty SLK55 thats much more fun out of the box.

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Think of it this way the SLK as a baby SLR which is a Super car, whilst a Z4 is a baby Z8 which is just a GT/Cruiser.

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Hey guys,

I've always wondered this so I thought I would just throw it down so you guys can give your input. I know considering this forum is an SLK World, it MAY invoke some bias info, but it also may not.

I've never been to the track so I never had the chance to test it out...but what do you guys think of this match up?

SLK 280 vs. Z4 3.0i (first gen)

SLK 280
228 hp
221 lb-ft torque
0-60mph = 6.3 secs (Mercedes-Benz.ca)

I know the First gen Z4 3.0i shared the 330ci motor. I believe it's numbers were:
Z4 3.0i (2003 - 2005)
225 hp
214 lb-ft torque
0-60mph = 6.3 secs (BMW.ca)

Today's numbers
Z4 3.0i (2007)
215 hp
lb-ft torque
0-60mph = 6.6 secs (BMW.ca)

But numbers really don't mean too much unless you test it for yourself. So what do you guys think? Has anyone actually come across any situations/experience??

Depending on the driver, the BMW could beat the MB or vice versus. Because the car's are closely matched, it becomes an issue of driver, tires, brakes (brake fade). I would look at when in the RPM range, which engine hits max torque. That will probably be the difference tracking the car.
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Z4s feel really great on the road a bit on the stiff side, but i'll bet it'll be great for the track. the Z4M was actually a serious contender against the SLK...(or a Cayman S), but the torque of the 55 is simply too addictive.


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I think the Z4 is goofy looking, especially with the top up. When I see one on the road, which is often, something just doesn't look right.

That's the clincher for me. Don't really care how it performs on the track.
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