BMW Z8 Review & Ratings
- 12 June 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The BMW Z8 was originally introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1998 and its concept was the direct result of the 507 roadster which experienced a great deal of success when it came out. The carmaker built the Z8 based on what they think the 507 roadster would have looked like if production would have continued past the 1950s. In terms of style, the Z8 resembles its roadster ancestor in a number of ways, including round headlight blisters, leather interior, distinctive vents, and a sloping hood.
The Z8 also had a lot of modern features that were all its own, including an aluminum space frame which was covered with aluminum body panels and a front strut/rear multilink suspension arrangement which was completely hidden from view. When it comes to sheer power, this vehicle used the same engine as the third-generation M5 sedan. This vehicle was initially designed to be a car that would really get people’s attention and encourage the public to buy BMW, produced for only four years with about 1,500 cars manufactured each year. There are many people around the world who would be willing to pay as much as half a million dollars for the 507, so it is a distinct possibility that the Z8 could have a similar future.
The most recent BMW Z8 was made for the 2000-2003 model years and it had everything that a true sports car should, including a sleek and impressive design as well as incredibly overall performance. The aluminum chassis of this vehicle was incredibly rigid as well as lightweight, which is precisely why it does so well on the open road. There was a tremendous amount of consumer support for this vehicle and it experienced an amazing level of popularity that not many other models from BMW have.
There is a 4.9 liter V8 under the hood of this car and it is capable of producing up to 394 horsepower as well as 368 pound-feet of torque, which his quite an impressive feat in and of itself. Power was delivered to the rear wheels of this vehicle with a six-speed manual transmission, though there was another version of this car called the BMW Alpina which did have an automatic transmission, though it was only produced for a year. The electronic variable valve timing system gave the Z8 some serious speed as well as a distinctive sound when it sped around town.
Overall, the Z8 is a fairly easy car to drive without many problems, and this is partially because of its Dynamic Stability Control or DSC system. This vehicle is driver-friendly even for those who are not professionals. With standard features like antilock brakes, cornering stabilization, and traction control, this vehicle was also a very safe choice, despite its impractical appearance. It is not a surprise that this vehicle was chosen to appear in the James Bond movie, The World is Not Enough”, which only added to its already immense popularity.
The interior of the Z8 is equally as impressive as what it is under the hood, with a somewhat retro speedometer as well as tachometer and a retro-styled steering wheel which will definitely bring back memories for older drivers who have owned classic sports cars in the past. Most of the interior consists of brushed aluminum as well as silky smooth and soft leather. The black push-button which was located next to the steering wheel was yet another innovative feature for the time and all that was required is for the driver to turn the ignition key to the on position and depress the button to bring the car to life.