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The BMW Z3 did not get the warmest of receptions. Power-hungry said they’d wait for the version. Fashion hounds the front-end styling. No one warmed to the exhaust note.

Being a there’s a certain maturity it, and for those who can forgive the modest output and stir its shifter, the are many.

On sale in spring 1996, the BMW Z3 Mercedes-Benz’s SLK and Porsche’s Boxster to in the European roadster renaissance of the Juiced by an overhyped cameo in the Bond flick GoldenEye, for the BMW Z3 deluged BMW’s just-opened Carolina factory, which was the sole worldwide source.

Part of the allure was the BMW Z3‘s sporty long-hood, short-deck though some observers the globular nose a mismatch for the of the body. BMW said the decorative vents can be interpreted as a small tribute to the BMW 507 roadster.

Comparisons the Mazda Miata were and showed the BMW to be seven inches in wheelbase, three inches overall, and nearly 400 lbs heavier. cars have a manual top with a plastic rear though the BMW Z3 easily has more and cargo room.


To control costs, BMW reused the rear suspension from an 3-Series sedan, a design BMW Z3 materials defend as appealing It works, though, and except for jitterbugging its tail in fast, turns, the BMW Z3 is composed, balanced, and A bonus is a supple ride and flex-free construction deserving of the BMW

A far-more-powerful six-cylinder version in the wings, but the four-cylinder BMW Z3 offered drivers a taste of the days going fast in a sports car some skill.

Less worthy, at least in is the 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine. It has low-end punch and never really to stir the soul. But its invites running near the redline.

There, the car feels and modem drivers can experience the flavor of a bygone era.

For while the four-cylinder BMW Z3 is thoroughly in its dual air bags, anti-lock and optional traction control, a throwback to the days when speeds didn’t come so when one could exercise a car to its full potential without limb or license. That’s by any measure.

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