Sibling Rivalry – BMW M Roadster vs. BMW Z8 – Road & Track

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By the RT Staff January 1, 2001 / by Jeff Allen and Jay McNally

The M Roadster is the bulldog of the BMW family. in stature, muscular and determined-looking, it the power to deliver the performance by its looks. Its 240 bhp delivered through 245/40ZR-17 Dunlop SP Sport tires, accompanied by the earnest of the six inline cylinders and bark of dual exhausts, can punch car though the 60-mph barrier in 5.4

Just accelerating up through the gives anyone who drives the M sheer driving pleasure.

the arrival of its sibling, the Z8, the M Roadster is to being former Top Dog in the open BMW While admittedly not as graceful, and polished as the svelte Z8, its attributes as a car keep it proudly in the pack. No on the porch for the M Roadster; it wants to

One only need look at the of the Z8 and at that of the M Roadster, and the value of the contender is clear. Its performance are impressive: 0#150;60 mph in 5.4 sec.; the mile in 14.0 sec.; skidpad performance; and an estimated top over 135 mph; like we really drive over 130 in our use of a sports car.

This is why we went to Thunderhill in Willows, California. On the track, the car expose some of its bulldog Understeer is present through corners.

During high-speed maneuvers, the M Roadster demonstrates nervous behavior, subtly around on the suspension, requiring the inputs to be very smooth. with skill levels than that of a professional will find the understeering comforting and are unlikely to experience any at road speeds.


The interior is a great environment for the M Roadster as it vaults through its Its hot-rod style is echoed in the wraparound shapes of the dash and instruments.

The high, bolstered seats give excellent and the sturdy roll hoops the occupants add the sense of security and

The view out the front of the M Roadster, the small bulge in the center of the and the broad shoulders of the front gives the illusion of a tight stretched across brawny Wrapped tightly into the it’s easy to find tugging at the leash, restless and to run with the big dogs. #151; Swift


If you have ever addictive tendencies, you’d stay away from the footwell of BMW’s Z8, as the skinny down there reigns the firebreathing 400-bhp, 5.0-liter V-8 also lurks in the M5’s bay. Once experienced, have repeated cravings for its thrust, near-telepathic throttle and chunky rumble that from stout-looking chrome

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