BMW Z3 Review & Ratings
- 26 November 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The BMW Z3 was an important vehicle in this carmaker’s history because of the fact that it was their first modern roaster to be mass produced. Another thing that is so special about this vehicle is that it was first new model to be manufactured in the United States. The “Z” in this model name initially stood for Zukunft, which is German word for “future”. The Z3 was initially released through a via press release by BMW North America on June 12, 1995 to announce their new 1996 model. This vehicle was also used in the James Bond movie “Goldeneye” as a blue prototype provided by the carmaker.
Before production of this car came to a halt, there were a few variants which were created, including a coupe version in 1999. This vehicle was both manufactured and assembled in Greer, South Carolina and the Z3 was eventually replaced by the BMW Z4 which debuted at the 2002 Paris Auto Show. The Z series consists of roadsters which took the place of the BMW 507. From the time this vehicle was released, it was definitely popular and had a lot of hype surrounding it. Even Neiman Marcus showed this vehicle in its 1995 Christmas catalogue, putting it in on display to show off its sleek design.
Despite the fact that many of the cars that BMW has come out with in the past have quickly faded into memory, this was not the case with the Z3. The public’s love of this car went on for quite a while and for good reason. This car has a number of features and of course an extremely sleek modern design which made it highly attractive to a number of consumers at the time.
The Z3 was originally offered with just a 1.9 liter 138 horsepower inline-4 engine, though soon enough another 2.8 liter inline-6 190 horsepower broke onto the market in 1997, offering consumers even more power as well as a highly stylish ride. The straight-6 engine with excellent and super smooth power delivery as well as a very distinctive sound made it incredibly unique as well as stylish. One of the things that made this car so incredibly popular, besides appearing in a James Bond movie, was the fact that it was versatile enough to satisfy the needs of enthusiasts while also being used for daily driving.
There are some shortcomings associated with the BMW Z3 though, such as some of the interior materials which were subpar at best and the cabin might be a bit snug for larger drivers due to the fact that it has a non-telescoping steering wheel as well as a greatly oversized rearview mirror. The convertible models of this vehicle has somewhat of a cheap plastic rear window which marred the rest of the vehicle’s stylish and sleek appearance. Another one of this car’s main drawbacks is that the coupe’s styling was incredibly polarizing. A lot of these flaws can be overlooked though, and there is no doubt that the Z3 is a very attractive car with some nice features under the hood.
The most recent BMW Z3 still had some flaws but ultimately still has quite a bit to offer. Eventually, this vehicle received an upgrade with a 1.9 liter four-cylinder engine that was capable of 170 horsepower. Most everyone who loves sports cars will almost certainly agree that this particular vehicle from BMW is one of the most attractive to ever hit the market. This carmaker has earned a reputation for being one of the most innovative companies in the industry and they certainly demonstrated that with this sports car.