1997 BMW Z3 Review

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1997 BMW Z3 Review

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By John Heilig

One of the most exciting cars to hit the in 1996 was the American-built BMW Z3 roadster. is an exciting small sports car beat its chief competitors–the SLK and Porsche Boxster–to the market by a year with the kind of we all used to love in small cars. In a sense, the Z3 is what the Miata was designed to be, small, and fun.

There’s also no doubt the Z3, while it has styling cues the split grille, doesn’t like any other BMW on the road. I see as an advantage. There’s so much identity among all the other that you can’t tell apart, unless you’re into BMWs.

A 7-series an awful lot like a 3-series I know there are size and differences, but work with me) and you tell the players without at the rear deck for the identifying

That styling, though, a love-hate relationship among car You either love the way the car looks, or you it. There’s a slightly ungainly about the car from most The front seems wider the back because of the wide track and flared fenders. a cropped-off look to the tail, that is very Cobra-like.

If they had extended the rear a bit could have put a real in the car. As it is, we estimated cargo at 5 cubic feet.

There’s an to avant garde styling, Chrysler’s Bob Lutz feels designs that are either by everyone or elicit so-so are failures. The good designs are that are either loved or those that evoke feelings.

Well, the Z3 is no Miata. It has distinctive that fits Lutz’s

Performance with the 1.9-liter four is very good. We had fun through the five speeds of the gearbox.

It seemed there was a proper ratio to get the best out of the

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Our main trip was to New York, so we put in a lot of miles and some urban miles as well. The Z3 zipped the city traffic quite Judicious down- and upshifting had the working at its best as we wove the taxis.

That sounds a lot better the fact, as we had very little with the big yellow monsters.

On the the Z3 is comfortable. There’s a cruise that keeps a steady on the quieter stretches and helps fuel economy high. the engine tends to be buzzy (it is, all, a four), it’s not

We were able to appreciate the subtle forms of the music we to without having to crank the up too far.

Handling is very The Z3 cornered flat, yet didn’t us backaches on rough roads. You you’re in a sports car because it is but part of that is caused by the short wheelbase.

I didn’t the radio. Controls were and I had difficulty finding my stations. The was good, but if you switch between a lot and don’t have them you’ll go crazy.

The Z3 is a cute car. In performance, it seems to out do the which for now is its main competition. the SLK and Boxster come on the market year, the four-banger Z3 may not keep up, is why BMW has introduced the six-cylinder version of the car in

Expect it here in the 1997 year.

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