BMW Z8 (2000-03): Z Hits the Spot

Launched as a limited production showcase and super roadster flagship, the BMW Z8 channels BMW's ultra-rare and delicately beautiful 507 classic.

A futuristic interpretation of retro styling, the Z8 combines classic proportion and details with sharp and avant-garde lines and style. On the outside, the Z8’s long bonnet, low waistline, swooping fenders, bulges and smoothly sloped rear are complemented by 1950s style chromed side air intakes, thin strips for rear lights and a wide and thin BMW signature double kidney grille.

Inside, the Z8 is spacious, comfortable and luxurious with body-colored two-tone upholstery, where the emphasis is again on a classy retro motif. Centrally mounted instruments, a unique three-spoke steering wheel and an uncluttered dashboard give the Z8 a minimalist, authentic and evocative ambiance and allow an un-impeded view of its long curvy bonnet. Thoroughly modern in construction, the Z8 features a purpose-built all-aluminum frame and body, which ensures a restrained 1585kg weight for its class, while its layout utilizes a front-mid engine for excellent weight distribution and balance.

Under its shapely bonnet the Z8 features one of the finest drive-trains of its milieu: BMW M-Sport Divisions 4.9-liter V8 from the M5 super-saloon. A gorgeously balance and fluid engine, the M5’s V8 gave the lighter Z8 super-car performance, including a 4.7-second 100km/h sprint and an electronically governed 250km/h maximum. Progressive, revvy and smooth, the Z8’s engine delivered flexible mid-range torque peaking with 369lb/ft at 3800rpm, while maximum power was 400PS at 6600rpm. In terms of dynamics, the Z8 was renowned for its tenacious traction and rear-end grip by comparison with other performance front-engine, rear-drive cars.

Specifications

  • Engine: 4.9-liter, 32-valve DOHC, V8-cylinders
  • Bore x stroke (mm): 94 x 89mm
  • Compression ratio: 11:1
  • Gearbox: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • Top gear / final drive ratios: 0.83:1/3.38:1
  • Power, PS (BHP) [kW]: 400 (394.5) [294.2] @6600rpm
  • Specific power: 79.8 BHP/liter
  • Power-to-weight: 237.65BHP/ton
  • Torque, lb/ft (Nm): 369 (500) @3800rpm
  • Specific torque: 101.2 Nm/liter
  • 0-100km/h: 4.7-seconds
  • 0-160km/h: 10.2-seconds
  • Standing quarter mile: 12.9-seconds
  • Standing km: 23.4-seconds
  • Top speed: 250km/h
  • Fuel capacity: 73-liters
  • Height: 1317mm
  • Width: 1830mm
  • Length: 4400mm
  • Wheelbase: 2505mm
  • Track, F/R: 1553 / 1568mm
  • Kerb weight: 1585kg
  • Steering: variable assist rack and pinion
  • Lock-to-lock: 2.8-turns
  • Turning circle: 11.8-meters
  • Tires, front / rear: 245/45R18 / 275/40R18
  • Brakes, F/R: Ventilated discs, 334 / 328mm
  • Suspension, F/R: MacPherson struts / multi-link