When BMW Concessionaires (HK) showed off its 'new standard in the premium roadster segment', the BMW Z4, at the main concourse of Ocean Terminal last weekend, the local automotive press buzzed around it like bees around a honey pot. But the jury's still out at Foot Down. The silver convertible's preview coincided with the Z4's launch at the Paris Motor Show, the distributor's marketing manager, Newman Tsang, said. 'In fact, with the time difference, the Z4 was seen in Hong Kong before it was unveiled in France,' he said. The first batch of the convertible's 2.5-litre ($396,000) and three-litre ($496,000) options is expected to arrive here in June, and two Z4s were sold by lunchtime on the day of its unveiling in Tsim Sha Tsui, a BMW Concessionaires representative claimed. That's not surprising; Foot Down has always maintained BMW could put its badge and a couple of wheels on a soap box, paint it metallic silver, black or white, and Hong Kong punters would still queue round the block to put their money down. Interestingly, nobody raised the bonnet of the chiselled preview sportster on its big day, which leads us to suspect the Tsim Sha Tsui Z4 was actually powered by four little hamsters named Zak, Zeke, Zorro and Zelvis. Not true, says the BMW blurb, which explains the six-cylinder 2.5l can pack a frisky 245Nm at 3,500rpm, and its five-speed transmission can reach a provisional top of 235km/h and 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds. The 3.0l version, the spec sheet adds, promises a top speed of 250km/h, a 0-100km/h sprint in 5.9 seconds and slick six-speed shift. The fastest Z3, the 321bhp M, has a similar top speed and can hit 100km/h in 5.4 seconds but it is no longer new, which means it's reached the end of its road in Hong Kong. Foot Down wanted to borrow the Z4 this weekend, just to see whether Zak, Zeke, Zorro and Zelvis' little legs could justify the German marque's performance claims on the Airport Expressway. 'Sorry,' said Tsang. 'It's a left-hander and you can't drive it here, but we'll let you know as soon as a right-hand version comes.' It's a relief in a way because we reckon the police would spot the Z4's looks a mile off on Tsing Yi. The convertible's grille says 'grrr'; the sculpted flanks flex a butchness its owner may not have and their latent Zorro 'Z' motif spells 'speeding ticket'. So we hope BMW Concessionaires vets its Z4 customers thoroughly. If it's curtains for the Z3, Porsche could be worried. Spotted surfacing among the BMW convoy was Porsche Centre Hong Kong and China general manager Lars Petersen. The word is there's a new Boxster due here next year and, if rumours are correct, Petersen needn't panic. Mercedes-Benz was hip and hot in A Week Of Fashion At Pacific Place from September 24-28. In a pairing of fashion labels and cars at the mall's Garden Court catwalk, Salvatore Ferragamo's gear was matched on the Tuesday with a V8-engined SL500 roadster ($1.35 million); a 197bhp SLK230 ($405,000) was paraded with funky Mango styles on the Wednesday and an E500 V8 saloon (from $738,000), a CLK 320 (from $570,000) and a ML320 V6 off-roader ($455,000) paraded with the North American Fur Association on the Thursday. A C320 (from $430,000) was paired with the Just Gold/Just Diamond collections on the Friday while Jessica, Aquascutum and Vivienne Tam closed the joint promotions with a four-cylinder A190 ($223,000) last Saturday. Marque spokesman Rose Cheng says Mercedes-Benz has enjoyed a long association with fashion, having already sponsored fashion weeks in New York and Australia and, judging by the crowds at the Just Gold show, the marque's debut association with Hong Kong glam was a success. The event's organisers were surprised Foot Down took snaps of the cars instead of the catwalk. The press went into overdrive for socialite Bonnie Ho, Canto-pop singer Jade Law (below), the actress Iris Chait and celebrities Genevieve Yuen, Andrea Choi and Isabella Kan.