The 2006 BMW M Roadster is a car born for traveling mountain and canyon roads. The 330-horsepower, 262 lb.-ft of torque, and six-speed manual transmission work together with the fluidity of synchronized swimmers to propel the two-seater up and down any road you can throw in its path. Backing up the power are staggered 18-inch wheels and low profile tires that are eight inches wide up front and nine inches wide at the rear, stability control, traction control, ABS, an M sport-tuned suspension, and a plethora of other performance tweaks at your disposal. Designers didn't just boost the horsepower and slap an M badge on the Z4 roadster. The BMW M Roadster gets an all-new front fascia with recessed vertical slats that are painted black along with larger ducting to keep the bigger brakes and more powerful engine cool. Designers also added discreet hood lines that flow up the hood toward the driver giving the M Roadster a more muscular look. At the rear, the M Roadster gets a diffuser, an optional spoiler, and cutouts for the dual exhaust tips as well as an M badge for people to ponder as you blow past.
Inside, the 2006 BMW M Roadster is void of the dreaded iDrive system; hallelujah! Nothing but a basic leather and aluminum-trimmed interior was on our test car, although you can also choose between carbon leather and a more elegant walnut madeira wood to replace the metal trim on the dash. BMW chose to keep the M Roadster simple and for that we applaud them. Optional equipment for the M Roadster includes auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, eight-way power seats with driver's seat memory, cruise control, a premium sound system, an interior storage package, BMW assist telematics, metallic paint, an M rear spoiler, interior trim options, heated seats, and a navigation system.
Despite the ability to upgrade the M Roadster with luxurious amenities, this sports car isn't for everyone and the faint of heart need not apply. The M Roadster is a serious driving tool aimed directly at enthusiasts who like to push the limits of the road as well as their driving skills, and desire a car that can meet any challenge thrown its way.