Journalist Does Sick Powerslide in Z4, Gets Banned from BMW Dealer
Expert driver Eric McClellan wrung out a Z4 M Roadster, just like the salesman told him to. Still got the banhammer.
You’ve probably heard this several times throughout your life, but we’re going to say it again because this VINwiki video is proof that there’s always at least one person out there who hasn’t heard it: Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.
A BMW salesman wanted freelance automotive journalist Eric McClellan to go for broke in a Z4 M Roadster. McClellan did as he was told. The salesman got the fright of his life. Then McClellan got banned from that particular BMW dealership.
It all started when McClellan’s mother decided she wanted to get a new BMW convertible. She was used to Saab ragtops, but given how cloth tops can break down over time, her son suggested she look into getting a Bimmer with a retractable hardtop. At their local BMW dealership, the staff informed McClellan’s mother that they didn’t have 3 Series convertibles with cloth tops available.
However, there was a Z4 M Roadster on the lot. As someone who was used to driving much more powerful cars, McClellan was less than impressed with the fact that it produced 330 horsepower. “My Camaro made 600 horse, my Viper made 550 to the wheels, my current Corvette makes 580 to the wheels. … I’m sorry, this is not a fast car.”
A stocky, macho salesman saw things differently and tried to convince McClellan that the Z4 M was a real tire scorcher. He eventually talked McClellan into taking it for a test drive as he rode shotgun. McClellan put his right foot down. The Z4’s meager pull left him underwhelmed. The salesman countered with, “Why don’t you take a few corners?”
McClellan obliged. He braked late in a corner and gave the steering wheel a flick to try to get the back end of the Z4 M to snap out. It refused to do his bidding, even after multiple attempts on the cold, wet, and icy Minnesota roads. McClellan expressed his displeasure to the salesman, who then said three fateful words: “Go for it.”
Consent granted, McClellan absolutely flew toward the right-hand turnoff of a T-junction, slammed on the brakes, ripped the wheel to the right, downshifted, pinned the throttle, and finally got the Z4 M’s tail to wag. He exited the turn with a smile on his face. The salesman wore a much different expression. He was terrified.
He immediately told McClellan to return to the dealership. Once they arrived, McClellan was banned from future test drives and the salesman asked his mother on the spot whether or not she was going to buy a car from him. It turns out the answer to that question was another thing he shouldn’t have asked for. It was a no…which turned into a yes for a different member of the sales staff.