BMW Z3 (E36/7) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The BMW Z3 was the first modern mass-market roadster produced by BMW. as well as the first new BMW model assembled in the United States. The Z in Z3 originally stood for Zukunft (German for future). The Z3 was introduced via video press release by BMW North America on June 12, 1995, as a 1996 model year vehicle.

It was later featured in the James Bond movie in November 1995, GoldenEye in which a blue prototype was provided for filming in late January 1995 at the Leavesden Aerodome. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] At that time Karen Sortito created the BMW campaign for the film GoldenEye . [ 6 ] Afterwards, while the film was number one at the box office, sales of the car spiked. The entire 1996 BMW Z3 roadster production run, more than 15,000 roadsters, was sold out by the time the car was introduced. [ 7 ]

Overview [ edit ]

BMW Z3 Sideview with top down

All of the engines were replaced for 2000. The range consisted of the 2.2#160;L M54B22 (available outside North America), 2.5#160;L M54B25. 3.0#160;L M54B30. and (for the M Roadster) 3.2#160;L S54B32. All three of these straight-6 engines lasted through the end of the car’s run in 2002.

Also updated was the car’s interior appointments, though the plastic window remained.

Year to year changes [ edit ]

1997 – Traction control became standard equipment. A 2.8-litre, 6-cylinder dual-cam engine joined the original 1.9-liter, 4-cylinder engine.

1998 – Hardware for rollover bars became standard equipment, while roll bars remained an option. More heavily bolstered sport seats joined the option list. Wood trim and the power top also were available as separate options.

A high-performance M roadster was introduced which did not offer traction control.


1999 – Side airbags became standard equipment. The 4- cylinder engine was replaced by a 2.5-liter inline six. Coupe versions were introduced and M models produced after September of 1998 got ASC traction control.

Airbags are upgraded to dual-stage systems. Central locking also locks gas cap from April ’99 onwards.

2000 – Revised tail styling, an inner top liner and a new center console for roadsters. The M model remained the same in exterior and interior appearance, other than chrome slats and chrome headlight rings which were added to all models April 1999 for model year 2000. Non-M models now also got a 3-spoke steering wheel with the sport package.

The Harman Kardon audio was also upgraded.

2001 – M52 based cars changed to M54 engines while the M model upgraded from the S52 to S54 – this ensured all models had more power. They also had redesigned wheels and BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control which replaced the ASC traction control for 2001. M models also now included a low-tire-pressure warning system.

2002 – In-dash CD player became standard.

BMW Z3 Revised Tail Styling in Dakar Yellow

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