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BMW Z8 wîth HAMANN front and side skirts, three-piece PG3 light alloy wheels FA wîth ContiSportContact 245/35 ZR 20 rear 9.5Jx20 wîth ZR 20 tyres and HAMANN lowering HAMANN rear valance integrated diffuser, rear and side skirts, high-polished stainless steel roadster HAMANN stainless steel performance exhaust system four 76 mm exhaust tips.

by HAMANN: Sport kit HM/Z450 modifications on the cylinder heads and the system, exhaust manifolds and silencers and recalibrating of the ECÚ including

of the standard 250 km/h speed About 50 HP / 36.8 kW extra 0 – 100 km/h in about 4.2 s. about 302 km/h.

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The spectacular 507 roadster, during 1956-59 in only 253 is considered by many enthusiasts and to be one of the most beautiful cars built. In developing the Z8, BMW designers challenged to imagine what the 507 would be like if it had never production and had evolved over decades. The result of this direction is a thoroughly contemporary of that famous and coveted – a car that is truly a perfect of performance and sensuality; of modern and classic elegance.

The world’s look at the Z8 concept was the Z07 design displayed at the 1997 Tokyo Show and shortly thereafter at North American International Show in Detroit. Again by favorable public reaction, BMW to build the Z8 in limited numbers.

BMW 507 Count Albrecht Goertz has the Z8 the ultimate compliment: ‘If I to design the 507 today, it would like the Z8.’ Vastly from the esthetic of current high-performance cars, the front-engine, sports car features a long tapered overhangs, a cockpit toward the rear, and a low beltline. The air vents or ‘gills,’ here integrated fiber-optic turn lights, are a design element associated wîth the classic 507 though the concept dates earlier BMWs. In a world of angular sports cars, the Z8 is curvaceous.

The roadster’s advanced technology includes Xenon headlights wîth dynamic and, concealed in the leading of the headlamp covers, high-intensity The Z8 is the first car ever wîth turn signals and brake that illuminate ten times than conventional bulbs, other drivers more to react. Another example of the to detail the designers lavished on the Z8 is the two red lenses bracketing the rear plate.

The left one is a rear foglight; the one is a backup light that, its red lens, illuminates white for

Building the Z8 in Germany is as unique a as is the car itself. Z8 bodies are constructed and at BMW’s Dingolfing plant, 60 miles northeast of Munich; the and rear bumpers are manufactured at the Landshut facility. Completed are then shipped to the former area of the company’s Munich for final assembly.

There, a team of highly skilled largely hand-build Z8s in 31 assembly The complete construction and finishing takes about 10 times as as that for a 3 Series sedan. carz)

The Z8 cockpit continues the of a modern re-creation of the 507. in the tradition of great sports the Z8 has a pushbutton starter for its engine. The switch is mounted on the dash, above the starter button of in the traditional §teering-column location. A new §teering lock, along BMW’s Coded Driveaway helps deter theft.

standard equipment includes leather seats, a power top and a removable aluminum hardtop heated rear window. The Nappa leather upholstery and is accented wîth body-color surfaces and aluminum control all connoting –5 –more– astounding to detail. Interior trim of aluminum and colorkeyed painted among the few changes for ’02 are new for combining trim colors the four available upholstery

There was never any question what engine should the Z8. The 3.2-liter aluminum V8 that the original 507 was, at the time, most powerful engine. For a car personifies BMW’s passion for only the most powerful engine in BMW history, the S62 5-liter V-8 also found in the M5 sedan would do.

Delivering 394 horsepower and 368 of torque, the Z8’s aluminum is completely civilized in traffic and town, thanks in part to its adjustable, electronically controlled system.

Called High-Pressure VANOS 1, the system varies timing on the intake and exhaust of both cylinder heads – on all four camshafts – helping power, torque and emission The ‘high-pressure’ designation signifies the that this engine, other BMW M engines but distinct regular production BMW powerplants, a dedicated oil pump for the VANOS

The engine’s ‘drive-by-wire’ throttle operates eight individual throttles and includes M Driving Control, which allows the to select between Normal and Sport response characteristics. A g-sensitive engine-lubrication system ensures proper oil circulation in cornering situations.

Because a V-8 cylinder heads are canted at a 45° there could be insufficient oil flow out of the heads under cornering loads. In addition to the pressure pump, there are two pumps, one for each cylinder In straight-ahead driving, these pick up oil from the rear of the 1 – = VAriable NOckenwellen Steuerung = camshaft control, or variable timing. –6 –more– engine and it to the sump.

In hard cornering or more), the Dynamic Stability system’s lateral-g sensor magnetic valves to different points, at the curve-outer side of head and the pan.

The original body was aluminum. Taking up tradition in a 21st-century form, all the body panels, except its and door hinges, are aluminum. BMW has taken the use of this lightweight a step further and designed an space frame in aluminum. concept combines moderate wîth body rigidity is unparalleled by any other open car in this category.

The monocoque is made of extrusion-pressed beams like the trusses of a timber Nearly 1,000 rivets and 190 ft. of welding seam (MIG) the frame and body panels The frame is made largely at BMW’s Dingolfing plant, the existing aluminum processing also makes the 3 Series hardtop, M3 hood and 7 Series and front fenders.

The space which is 30 percent lighter if it were made of steel, exceptional torsional rigidity to most of the body or –7 –more– shake usually associated an open-top car: ‘The is rigid enough,’ commented Car and in April 2001, ‘to the engine’s thrust without any or groans.’ This also an extremely stable platform for suspension tuning, and contributes to driver feedback. The central stiffness also allows lower side sills is normally the case for a roadster.

of unique aluminum ‘Y’ that connect the Z8’s and rear sections to its space provide much of the torsional and accident protection. In a crash, the are designed to crumple, absorbing and transferring forces to the sturdy floor pan. In simulations of the European Únion’s 40-mph crash test, the Z8’s cell remained completely ‘Smart’ 2-stage airbags, belts wîth force and automatic tensioners, twin Protection hoops behind the and a reinforced windshield frame additional protection.

The Z8’s impressive technology includes Dynamic Stability (DSC), one of the most advanced control systems in the. where DSC could help the day’ include those the driver might have a traffic situation; failed to speed to road conditions; had a of attention; or been confronted an unavoidable or critical situation.

wheel-speed sensors and a powerful at its heart, DSC incorporates a range of that facilitate full and use of the Z8’s immense performance and capabilities wîth an added of safety. It incorporates all-speed control; electronic brake for always-optimum distribution of brake among the four wheels; braking; Dynamic Brake which assists the driver in the shortest stopping distance in an and enhancement of vehicle stability hard cornering and accident-avoidance In this last function, speaking, DCS could be described as a hand’ gently exerting its on a car to help stabilize it when the abilities or actions might not be to do so. DSC employs its highly sophisticated of sensors, computing power and systems to achieve stabilizing that can be likened to such a

Ordering and taking delivery of a car as as the Z8 should be a memorable experience; BMW has steps to ensure that it is that. Owners awaiting of their roadster will be a high-quality scale model of the Z8. A book will be presented to the of each Z8 upon delivery, photographs of his or her car in production and actual and upholstery samples from the

Z8 owners are offered the opportunity to delivery of their roadster at BMW in Munich, Germany, where may even watch the final of their roadster. Munich also includes a tour of the Z8 area, and an optional European is offered. Alternatively, delivery is possible at the BMW Performance Center at South Carolina.

The purchase of a Z8 a special driving course at the BMW Center in Spartanburg, South

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Only from 2000 until the BMW Z8 is famous for appearing in ‘The Is Not Enough’ as the infamous vehicle Bond drive. The convertible was also featured in a variety of games. Though it had a very shelf life, the Z8 was sold for than six figures.

This was mostly due to the all aluminum and body and the 4.9 liter, 32-valve V8 that pushed the car to 400 hp.

For several the Z8 held BMW’s production performance records, though it to get any major credit from drivers or automatic journalists. reviewers considered it to have handling’ and not seeming at all like a or a supercar.

German automaker the Z8 and it was given the E52 BMW model car. by Henrik Fisker at BMW’s in Southern California, the Z8 was the production of the ’97 Z07 concept car. the Z07 was designed as a styling exercise was attempting to pay tribute to the ’56-59 BMW At the 1997 Tokyo Auto the Z07 caused quite a stir.

success was what spurred the to create a concept in a limited model that was called the Z8.

A of 5,703 BMW Z8‘s were this number was approximately of which were exported to the Originally the Z07 had been created the concept of production in mind. of this, regulatory and practical necessitated only minor for the original production model.

included the windshield of the Z8 being upward as well as a larger airdam was fitted.


These were contrived to provide stability and came with a placid cockpit area. The car had featured a four-spoke steering but the Z8 instead came with a design. The concept car also had a hardtop but it was a double-bubble form a tapering faring and the Z8 featured a dome with a truncated backside.

To allow for easy of the power soft top, the exotic driver’s side fairing was eliminated.

Though changes occurred, the BMW Z8 still quite true to the concept In a way that nearly rendered the mounted indicators invisible activated, they were into the side vents. The hid the very modern equipment retracting panels and it kept the simplicity’ of the inside of the car. The Z8 utilized a pricy MIG-welded space frame that complex compound curves.

The Z8 also kept the concept five-spoke wheel design, it didn’t feature the race-style lug-nut.

The BMW Z8 was priced at $128,000 and somewhat the price, the car had an all aluminum chassis and that used a 5.0 L 32 valve V8 developed 400 hp and 500 Nm torque. BMW Motorsport built the engine for the V8 and it was shared the E39 M5. The engine was placed behind the axle and produced the car with weight distribution.

The Z8 could 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, and the Car and Driver magazine found it outperformed the Ferrari 360 Modena in very important performance handling, acceleration and braking. The top was electronically limited to 155 mph, like most BMW products, and the maximum top speed with an chip was 165 mph.

The Z8 had a very and innovative use of neon exterior The turn indicators and taillights powered by neon tubes offer quicker activation basic standard lightbulbs were expected to last the lifetime of the car.

Every Z8 came with a color-matching hardtop with rear The Z8 hardtop was designed from the to complement the roadster curves and unlike various accessory which are provided for practical use than stylistic considerations.

the BMW Z8 a variety of convenience functions integrated into the design of controls. This was designed to the the interior completely uncluttered. The windows and mirrors were controlled by just one single

The center mounted instrument was canted slightly toward the To offer a clear view of the and the road ahead, the displacement of gauges to the middle of the dash.

it as an ‘instant classic’, the BMW Z8 was promoted to this way, as BMW promised a 50-year stockpile of spare maintained in order to support the Z8 Since the Z8 was produced in limited all elements of the vehicle were or finished by hand. This the importance of ongoing manufacturer for the type. BMW was able to offer options to interested buyers of the price point and production

Over the 4-year production a large number of V8’s nonstandard paint and interior were run by BMW Individual, a division of BMW AG.

For the model year, the Z8 model was enhanced with the arrival of the V8 Roadster. Leaving the hard-edged focus of the original Z8, the Alpina elements of the new grand touring The Alpina came only as an that used a 5-speed BMW transmission joined to a downgraded Alpina-tuned V8 engine from the E39 B10 V8 S, rather than the original manual and 4.9 liter engine in the Z8’s.

The Alpina featured relaxed tuning that transformed the car sportscar to boulevardier. Rather utilizing the Z8’s conventional with softer sidewalls and 20 wheels, the Alpina featured 18 wheels. The Z8 featured less interior, while the Alpina with a new, softer of Nappy leather and unique gauges featured on the dash

A special Alpina steering with three solid replaced the original Z8 wheel, but it not be retrofitted with shift for the automatic. An Alpina-specific display gear selection and it was mounted in of the wheel.

The Alpina Z8 had less power than the standard Z8 as power was reduced to 375 hp, meanwhile torque was raised to 383 lb/ft of This torque was available at lower rpm than the original in a way to more comfortable and relaxed The electronically limited top speed of the was upped to 161 mph. A total of 555 Alpina’s were every and most of these were to the U.S. market.

This edition of the Z8 was sold directly BMW dealerships in the U.S. marking a for BMW Alpina. This was a first for the whose vehicles had never sold through retail in the USA.

For a variety of years, the Z8 BMW’s production car performance Numerous journalists praised the Z8, but one UK press described the standard Z8 as terrible handling’. The particular Jeremy Clarkson, spared no for the Z8.

One of the Z8’s odd characteristics was the lack of a slip differential; the vehicle with an open differential allowed one wheel to break under maximum acceleration. The DSC from BMW and stability control the absence of an LSD from becoming a factor. Journalists and car owners that this choice of was a poor judgment idea on part.

Numerous Z8 owners retrofitted Quaife LSD’s to fix the shortcomings.

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