f you’re familiar with our blog then you already know the drill. We pick a model, we look at it in detail and we find its strengths and weaknesses. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at numerous models, both new and old and today it’s time to take a look back at another car.
To make things a little more interesting, we’re going to mix things up today and look at a vehicle from BMW’s past. Let’s begin.
The BMW Z8 was introduced in 1999 however it experienced a quite limited production run as it was discontinued in 2003.
The car’s desing is based on the popular 1997 Z07 concept, which first saw the light of day at the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show, where it received nothing but praise. Due to the positive reactions the concept received, the brand decided to use its desing on a limited production vehicle, that’s how the Z8 came to be.
Launched in 1999, the Z8 remained true to the Z07 concept, with numerous elements from the Z07 featured on the Z8.
Styling-wise, the car sported a look reminiscent of the classic BMW’s from the 1950’s, the BMW 507 in particular. The vehicle included numerous fascinating extras such as neon exterior lighting.
The unique styling proved popular with customers and the Z8 received critical acclaim.
Under the bonnet was a 4.9-liter 32-valve V8 engine capable of producing 400 hp (300 kW) and 500 Nm (370 lb ft) torque. The vehicle had a top speed of 155.4 mph (250 km/h).
Throughout its production run, the vehicle received praise from both critics and customers. It became an instant classic and to this day remains a favourite among car enthusiasts.
In total, around 5703 units were made in the four years the car remained in production.
We really love the Z8 as it is an incredible vehicle that proved BMW are still capable of producing cars just as fantastic as the ones they manufactured in the past.
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