BMW’s illustrious history began during World War I when the now-successful luxury car-builder developed fighter aircraft-engine. At the end of the WWI it switched to developing motorcycles, then in 1929, BMW bought its way into the car industry when it purchased the Dixi Car factory and started developing automobiles — some of its best were elegant roadsters.
The first roadster to roll out of Bimmer’s factory was the 315/1, which was based on the 315 saloon. From here, things evolved to the 328, which was one of the most successful roadster ever developed by BM and won the Mille Miglia in many times and the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans .
After the WWII, BMW was in great trouble and it needed a car to rescue it, and BMW thought that car was the 507. It was indeed a great car, with one of the most gorgeous design languages in the era and a powerful engine under the hood. However, because of its high price — $10,500 — the 507 was almost responsible for putting the BMW into bankruptcy. Only 252 units were ever developed, despite BMW’s 5,000-units-per-year projection.
Next BMW started to develop the Z series, with the Z1 being the first model. What is very cool about the Z1 is that the doors drop down into the door sills so you can drive it with no doors. Next we had the Z3 , Z8 and the current Z4 . The black sheep of the family was the Z3 , which never really looked or felt like a BMW.
Check out the video (above) to get a closer look at Bimmer’s history of roadsters.
The BMW Z8 was one of those cars that were great in theory, but lacked true ingenuity in production form. Before that realization, though, BMW built 5,703 units from March 2000 to July 2003, and 555 of those units were an Alpina version - meaning they were equipped with an an automatic gearbox and featured a wider radiator grill and side air intakes created by Henrik Fisker to get something good out of a design that didn’t exactly work out the way they had intended. Needless to say, the Z8 needed some work to crank up its style and Senner Tuning was able to get their hands on one of these models to do just that.
The BMW Z8 by Senner Tuning features a sleek, black exterior with a new set of 19" Work Schwert SC1 wheels in Diamond Black, wrapped around Continental Sport Contact 5P 255/40R19 and 285/35R19 tires. The wheels were then combined with a new set of Racing Gold varnished brake calipers and a new coilover suspension Variant 2 Inox-Line. The suspension comes with an adjustable rebound and a strut bar installed on the reinforced shock mount in the front in order to stabilize the front end. Nothing else was done to the look of the vehicle, which is probably okay because of the engine upgrade provided.
The original Z8 came equipped with a 5.0 liter V8 engine producing 400 HP and 370 lb-ft of torque. With a sports air filter set, a new a stainless steel silencer, and flame tubes designed with metal catalysts, the Z8 by Senner can now deliver an extra 50 HP and 25 lbs-ft, bringing it up to 50 HP and 395 lb-ft of torque. These figures make the Z8 good for a top speed of 186 mph, up from the standard 155.4 mph.
The full conversion kit for the BMW Z8 by Senner Tuning will set customers back 18,900 Euro (or $24,800 at the current exchange rates).
Run down a list of every car BMW has ever produced and chances are, you’re going to find the BMW Z8 somewhere in the Top 5. So it brings us absolutely no joy in reporting about this Alpina-tuned BMW Z8 getting rear ended by – of all cars – a Dodge Stratus.
There’s no looking on the bright side as far as this car crash is concerned. The BMW Z8 just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As is the case with most car crashes, there needs to be someone to take the fall and while we have no information as to why the driver of the Stratus rear-ended the Z8, we can’t help but feel sorry for the owner of the BMW supercar.
It’s one thing to wreck a standard BMW. But a Z8 Roadster? That’s an absolute injustice.
This is like "find of the day" on eBay": a BMW Z8 Roadster built on a real BMW Z4. The car is priced at $23699 and it is powered by a V6 engine with an output of 200 hp. The body is molded from an actual Z8 so it is extremely accurate and dimensionally correct even down to the wheelbase! It has a full power top so you don’t even have to latch and unlatch it. It is all done automatically. This is one to be proud of! You will feel like royalty driving this car. Nobody will even think of it as (...) More
BMW is known to release from time to time limited-production cars as the prototypical expression of the excitement for driving that is the company’s backbone. The Z8 roadster was the latest vehicle to have continued this tradition. The initial prototype (the Z07) was designed in order to celebrate the famous’ BMW 507 50th birthday. The incredible success of the concept-car produced the decision of building the vehicle in a limited series, designated Z8. Produced in fewer than 5700 units between 2000 and 2003, the Z8 is already a collector’s car.
To be or not to be? This was the question on the new to come BMW Z8. Well it seems that the answer to the question is now to be. The new model that should replace the 2003 Z8 it is a go! There were 3 proposal competing for the new model: a mid-engine Z10, a Z6 ultralight and the winer a front-engine Z8, RWD. The new model will be a two-seater with a retractable hard-top. The engine is expected to be a 4.4 liter V8 engine with a 400 horse power. The primary transmission will be a (...) More
The BMW Z8 was a convertible sports car automobile produced by BMW from 1999 to 2003. It was given the E52 BMW model code.
The Z8 originated from a prototype designated Z07, which was designed by Henrik Fisker at BMW’s Designworks in Southern California. It was showcased at the Tokyo Auto Show in 1997. The car was originally designed as a styling exercise to both echo and celebrate the BMW 507 of the 1950s for its 50th birthday.