BMW Z8 Short Take Road Test & Review & Car and Driver

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With just 400 of these sports cars bound for the and all of them spoken for, can you say classic’?

There’s a lot of clucking BMW flying around the auto these days. The Bavarian purchase of Rover in 1994 worked out well at all, in a multibillion-dollar drain that the jobs of BMW chairman Bernd and head car guy Wolfgang Reitzle in ’99.

Furthermore, even Rover added to its output, BMW one of the world’s smaller carmakers. And in era of automotive whales rapidly one another and leveraging their platforms to generate economies of worldwide, many industry believe that BMW is too small to in its current form.

BMW has just thumbed its corporate at these prophets of doom in the eloquent way possible–by introducing its distinctive, most charismatic, and exclusive car since the 1979 M1 or perhaps even the 1957 507

That this new car, the Z8, is fast comes as no surprise. It the potent 400-hp M5 powertrain, endows the M5 sedan with the of a Corvette. Weighing about 500 less than the two-ton M5, the performance is beyond question.

Neither were we surprised by its styling. Based on the Z07 concept car BMW revealed to the world at the 1997 motor show, the Z8 is intended to the famous 507 roadster with car’s characteristic twin-nostril and uniquely shaped front-fender The only question was how closely the car’s styling would hew to the

As the photos demonstrate here, BMW did not far from the sensuously sculpted that stole the Tokyo almost three years Even the design of the alloy is virtually identical.

What did us, however, was how artfully BMW translated the retro interior into — and how much this to the excitement of driving the car.

The dashboard is a painted plastic (black, blue, or taupe) runs the full width, the steel dashboards used in almost a half-century ago. The are mounted in the center of this shaded by a neatly integrated and angled toward the driver but quite legible to the passenger. The wheel has three spokes, of which consists of four metal rods, another gesture recalling a bygone

The switches and buttons, the shifter and all of the metal trim are fabricated brushed aluminum. Much of the of the trim is polished chrome. To the clean interior, the climate are straightforward and the electronic panel controls the excellent stereo and navigation system is neatly behind an aluminum door.


Despite its homage to interiors of the Z8 layout works remarkably We quickly adjusted to glancing slightly and to the right to scan the And we appreciated that this placement allowed an unobstructed of the Z8’s long hood.

In roadster, you definitely feel as you’re driving the car, not the

The retro touches are combined excellent switchgear placement and a telescoping steering wheel and seats, allowing for a modern and driving position. There’s of room for two adults in the sumptuously interior, with leather almost every surface isn’t finished in chromed or brushed aluminum. Even the hoops behind the seats are in beautifully stitched cowhides.

In truth, the Z8’s visual is so powerful that just in this car with the engine off is fun than driving many cars. Then when you the starter button — set also a tribute to the past–another level of excitement begins.

The V-8 fires instantly and generates the muscular exhaust burble we enjoyed on the M5, except that the is higher when you lower the top. The progressive clutch, in with the precise gearbox, the Z8 a breeze at takeoff. Acceleration is short of effortless, with the M5 power multiplied not only by the relatively light weight but by a differential ratio shorter the M5 sedan’s (3.38:1 instead of

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