Shown at Tokyo Motor Show 1997 BMW Z07 concept roadster created a furore, and two years later on the basis of his Bavarian avtoproizvoidtel presented the production version of the new model Z8, received an index body E52. The company originally designed the BMW Z07 Concept with a view to possible production, so the appearance is preparing to release the model did not have to wait too long. And apparently the production version of BMW Z8 (E52) was very close to the source.
The exterior model is made with an eye on the classic BMW 507 Roadster, manufactured from 1956 to 1959. According to the designers, they created an image that gives an idea of ​​how the model 507 would look if it designed nowadays. And indeed, the former 507 and current BMW Z8 lot in common: they are long hood, and elongated horizontal branded nostril grille, air intake in the front wings and, of course, removable roof. However, on the Z8 roof is foldable and removable, and it is not made of cloth, and aluminum, as did the rest of the vehicle body. Head optics integrated into the front wings and hidden behind the plastic cap and tail lights and turn signals are made neon.
Compared with the concept for the BMW Z8 was increased height of the windshield, and in return the security hump in the rear were more conventional roll bars behind the back seats. The vehicle interior is surprising located in the center of the instrument panel (atypical solution for BMW) with deployed to the driver wells, as well as a stylish three-spoke steering wheel. The basis of the spatial lay roadster Y-shaped frame, increasing rigidity. This engine, like the six-speed manual Getrag, borrowed from the “charged” sedan BMW M5 (E39). Wherein the motor is located in the base, providing an ideal weight distribution in a ratio of 50:50.
According to the manufacturer, from zero to hundreds BMW Z8 (E52) accelerates in 4.7 seconds, but journalists publications Motor Trend’s own test-drive roadster managed to disperse up to a hundred in 4.4 seconds. The maximum speed of the model, according to tradition, is limited at around 250 km/h. At the time of the sales price of the BMW Z8 $128,000 dollars, but only in the period from 1999 to 2002, it was released 5703 roadster. But the story did not end models. Later still we built 555 of these machines (with minor changes), but under the name Alpina Roadster V8, the main part of which went on sale in the US. Today, buy a used BMW Z8, prices range from $70,000 to $84,000.