2000 - 2003 BMW Z8

2000 - 2003 BMW Z8
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  • BMW Z8
  • Year:
    2000- 2003
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8 DOHC 32 valves
  • Transmission:
    6-Speed Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    394 @ 6600
  • MPG(Cty):
    13
  • MPG(Hwy):
    21
  • Torque @ RPM:
    368 @ 3800
  • Energy:
    Petrol Double Vanos Valvetronic
  • Displacement:
    4941 L
  • Quarter Mile time:
    4.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155.3 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Longitudinal
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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.

 

Latest BMW Z8 news and reviews:

At $170,000 this 2003 BMW Z8 Is Actually A Real Bargain!

At $170,000 this 2003 BMW Z8 Is Actually A Real Bargain!

The car is almost news, with only 17k miles on the odometer!

BMW launched the Z8 roadster back in 2000 and kept it in production until 2003. It is not only considered as one of the most beautiful roadsters BMW ever made, but it also became very popular after James Bond (aka Peter Brosnan) drove it in the 1999’s film The World Is Not Enough. At launch, the Z8 was priced at $128,000, but buying one today will require a lot more from you. A fast search on specialty websites will reveal prices ranging from $120k to $260k. Bring A Trailer, however, has one listed for sale, and one could say that the current $169,060 bid is quite a bargain! The auction ends in 2 days, so you should probably hurry up!

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BMW And Roadsters: The Unholy Combo That Never Went BMW's Way

BMW And Roadsters: The Unholy Combo That Never Went BMW’s Way

Despite some brilliant creations, BMW and roadsters are a cursed match that was never meant to be

BMW has a rich history when it comes to making skillfully engineered and highly technical automobiles, and its 106-year history is a testament to that. Even though most of its cars are classically handsome in a very German way, they do lack the flair that some of their Italian counterparts managed to bring to the table. In BMWs defense, it isn’t for the lack of trying, but unfortunately, there seems to be a curse that bars its flagship and flamboyant droptops from sales success.

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10 Best Manual BMWs Of All Time

10 Best Manual BMWs Of All Time

Here’s a curated list of the finest BMWs of all time, all featuring three pedals and a good ol’ stick shifter

BMWs are known as some of the purest driving machines that emphasize driving pleasure and engineering excellence over other things. However, in recent years, enthusiasts have been blaming BMW for diluting its core ethos in a bid to chase luxury and efficiency, but the biggest clincher for car enthusiasts has to be the fact that BMW has no manual transmission cars in its current portfolio, save for the M3 and M4. But, fear not, we have curated a list of the best manual transmission BMWs of all time to help you relish and even find your next truly analog Beemer.

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This BMW Z8 With 16,000 Miles Sold For Over $220,000!

This BMW Z8 With 16,000 Miles Sold For Over $220,000!

The BMW Z8 is a stunning retro-inspired roadster and an appreciating classic. This 2001 example just fetched over $220,000

In case you are tired of seeing listings of expensive, low-mileage Japanese sports cars from the early 2000s, allow us to share with you about an expensive European sports car from the early 2000s. The BMW Z8 is one of the most unique-looking cars to come out of the Bavarian brand. With 2,543 units made, it’s not exactly a common sight on the road. Nowadays, the BMW Z8 is a desired collector’s car, which is why a 2001 model recently exchanged hands for $220,900.

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Smit Oletha Brings Back The Old Z8

Smit Oletha Brings Back The Old Z8

But at a very high price!

If we were to buy an older BMW, most likely the Z8 would be in the top 5 models to choose from. Produced between 2000 to 2003, the Z8 was previewed by the Z07 Concept and was meant to evoke and celebrate the classic 507. It was only offered as a roadster, and, despite rumors, it was never brought back to life after 2003. But now, Smit Vehicle Engineering (SVE), located in California, came up with a modern interpretation of the Z8, and, we have to admit, we like it just as much as the original Z8.

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This Guy Built His Own BMW James Bond Car

This Guy Built His Own BMW James Bond Car

It is not quite the Z8, but it does spit flames…

What do you do when you are feeling a bit James Bond-y but can’t get your hands on a BMW Z8? Well, you find yourself a BMW Z3 and work with what you have. Or you give this guy a call an ask to borrow his.

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Forget About No Time To Die, Check Out These Rad James Bond Cars Instead

Forget About No Time To Die, Check Out These Rad James Bond Cars Instead

All James Bond cars brought in one place for your viewing pleasure

Although James Bond movies typically go together like winter and January, the upcoming No Time To Die installment has made a lot of gearheads happy. You could attribute that to the power of social media and car brands wanting as much exposure as possible, but it’s surely nice that so much car content has been generated by the latest 007 movie.

Daniel Craig’s last ride as James Bond will see some Land Rover Defenders bouncing off rough terrain, crashing, and then bouncing some more. It also motivated Top Gear to go out and drive some of the best Bond cars to feature on the big screen.

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Watch Joe Achilles Drive the Amazing BMW Z8

Watch Joe Achilles Drive the Amazing BMW Z8

The car has still got it!

BMW has produced a lot of cars over the years, and the Z8 has arguably been one of its highlights. The minimalist looks and a strong engine make this a car in demand even 20 years after its launch. The BMW Z8’s most famous appearance has been in the James Bond movie franchise. In this video, Joe Achilles tries to answer why the Z8 is so special, and what makes this car a true gem.

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Car for Sale: 2001 BMW Z8 with only 9,000 Miles

Car for Sale: 2001 BMW Z8 with only 9,000 Miles

Auction price is approaching $150,000 with two days left to bid

I’m on record saying that the BMW M1 is, in my mind, the most beautiful M car ever built. It didn’t come without competition, though, because the second car on my list is the BMW Z8 Roadster. The latter is an aesthetic tour de force, a creation born from the design genius of Henrik Fisker. Only 5,703 Z8s were built, so if you’re in the market for one, you’re going to have a hard time getting a hold of it. Fortunately, a BMW dealership in Cincinnati is in possession of one. It’s up for auction on Bring-A-Trailer, and the highest bid is approaching $150,000 as of this writing with two days left in the auction. Want to scratch that long-festering itch to own a Z8 Roadster? Now’s your chance to do it. Just make sure you load up on the Benjamins.

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Video: History of BMW Roadsters

Video: History of BMW Roadsters

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.

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2000 - 2003 BMW Z8 by Senner Tuning

2000 - 2003 BMW Z8 by Senner Tuning

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).

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Alpina-tuned BMW Z8 gets rear-ended by a Dodge Stratus

Alpina-tuned BMW Z8 gets rear-ended by a Dodge Stratus

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.

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BMW Z8 Roadster Replica built on Z4

BMW Z8 Roadster Replica built on Z4

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 (...)

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2000 - 2003 BMW Z8

2000 - 2003 BMW Z8

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.

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2010 BMW Z8 a go!

2010 BMW Z8 a go!

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 (...)

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1999 - 2003 BMW Z8

1999 - 2003 BMW Z8

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.

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