TTS > Z4 M40i - Thoughts?

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TTS > Z4 M40i - Thoughts?

Post by buzyg » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:21 pm

DPG wrote:
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Some funny responses here! This will be my third BMW, I've had two Audi's before. I think you'll find that the lack of indicators and tail gating applies to both brands! :D
This is my fear. I had an M235i previously and got a little tired of the lack of traction. I guess I need to get used to it and learn how to drive the car to get the most out of it.

How do you find the cabin differences? To me, the interior of the Z feels a lot more premium.
Yes, I'm on one of the TT forums, but not particularly active.
I took my ///MR out for a winter drive today. On cold MPSS I was ice skating and that is with a meagre 289ftlbs of torque. I absolutely love it when it is like that though. It's not about how fast it's about how much fun. :driving: :thumbsup:

If you don't enjoy/feel confident with the back end moving around then stick with the safe Audi. :wink:
Not everyone is a driving god like you though
Oh I'm pretty ordinary for an old guy. It's just practice and you don't get that in a 4x4. :P
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Post by blaird03 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:25 pm

handymanuk wrote:
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some of the BMW switch gear is average.
Interesting. Which buttons are you referring to? I find that the clicking sound of the steering wheel buttons on the TTS are particularly cheap. I much prefer the softer touch on the BMW. In my M235i I did find that there were some silly bits that felt cheap, like the carpet in the boot. I don't know why, it just seemed very naff compared to the Audi. I think it's the same with the Z4 from what I have seen.
the heating / aircon switches - a bit dated and cheap to say the least, and the switchs in the doors

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Post by handymanuk » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:03 am

Just heard that my car is at status 8200, released to carrier. BMW are saying it’s should be at the dealer first week of March. That’s a month earlier than promised! I’m excited!
2020-now: G29 Z4 M40i, Frozen Grey with Cognac, Tech Pack, Visibility Pack and Wind Deflector
2017-2020: Audi TTS
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Post by blaird03 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:58 pm

hope the weather clears by then :)
done nothing but piss down since i got mine 2 months ago !!

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Post by john-e89 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:51 pm

The Zed wins it imho as the chassis is stiff enough to provide lots of grip, certainly enough for the road, better looking exterior, nicer interior.....just. :thumbsup:
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Post by Still Learning » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:10 pm

6-cylinders...or more poignantly...not 4 cylinders

See this: https://www.autozine.org/technical_scho ... ness1.html

The B58 engine is a masterpiece in sound and torque

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Post by handymanuk » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:30 pm

Having done around 250 miles so far here are some early thoughts. All subjective of course.

- It feels stiffer than the TTS, no understeer that I can feel, some oversteer if you push it a bit
- It doesn't generally feel as agile as the TTS, probably due to the weight, although I get a better feeling of confidence from it when I tackle a tight corner (if that's not contradictory)
- The suspension is leaps and bounds better than the TTS, the way it handles pot holes, road bumps and uneven surfaces is simply amazing
- The steering has a lot less feel than the TTS, less direct especially in comfort mode, there's basically a dead spot in the middle of the steering range
- The interior is fantastic, the design feels more premium than the TTS
- The steering wheel feels cheap, what is the material it's covered in? It feels like fake leather, not great
- The overall quality is good but some of the switch gear feels cheaper, the stalks, the driving mode buttons, the aircon buttons but in other areas it's better than the Audi, the steering wheel buttons for example
- There's less in cabin storage, the door bins are only good for an umbrella, obviously, the boot is smaller too
- It sounds great! I'm hoping that as I run in the engine I start to get a lot more noise from it
- There's less lag with the gear box, it feels smoother, putting my foot down from rest it feels more responsive
- You can't mute the music/radio from the steering wheel like you can in the TTS (this is just odd!)
- The tech is above and beyond, absolutely in love with the heads up display
- It looks better than the TTS, especially the rear

Overall, I'm happy. I'll be happier when it's run in and I can properly floor it... :D
2020-now: G29 Z4 M40i, Frozen Grey with Cognac, Tech Pack, Visibility Pack and Wind Deflector
2017-2020: Audi TTS
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Post by blaird03 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:44 pm

You can't mute the music/radio from the steering wheel like you can in the TTS (this is just odd!)
I gave up looking for a mute button on the wheel also.

Would say your summary is spot on.

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Post by buzyg » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:32 am

Sounds like you are more than happy with your new Zed. Enjoy. :driving: :thumbsup:

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