2001 BMW Z8 (E52) ROADSTER
The Z8 was the production variant of the 1997 Z07 concept car. The car design was the effort of a design team led by Chris Bangle. The exterior was designed by Henrik Fisker and the interior by Michael Ninic. The Z07 originally was designed as a styling exercise intended to evoke and celebrate the 1956-'59 BMW 507 and to celebrate the millennium change. The Z07 caused a sensation at the '97 Tokyo Auto Show. The overwhelming popularity of the concept spurred BMW's decision to produce a limited production model called the Z8.
There were 5,703 Z8s built, 3,160 for Europe and 2,543 for the USA. Original sticker was around $128,000, although many were sold for far in excess of that number, with $250,000.00 being common and rumour has it Nicolas Cage paid around $400,000 for his one. The car has an all aluminium chassis and body and uses a 4.9 litre (4941 cc) 32-valve V8, that developed 400 hp and 370 lb·ft torque. This engine, known internally as the S62, was built by the BMW Motorsport subsidiary and was shared with the E39 M5. The engine was located behind the front axle in order to provide the car with 50/50 weight distribution. The factory claimed a 0–62 mph time of 4.7 seconds; Motor Trend magazine achieved 0–60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Road and Track measured the car's lateral grip at .92. Car and Driver magazine also tested the car and found that it outperformed the contemporary benchmark Ferrari 360 Modena in three important performance categories: acceleration, handling, and braking. As with most BMW products, its top speed was electronically limited to 155.4 mph. The tail lights and turn indicators are powered by neon tubes that offer quicker activation than standard light bulbs and were expected to last for the life of the vehicle. This example shows pride of ownership having only 2 owners from new with the second buying it in January 25th, 2002 with only 433 miles on it. It now has only 22,052 miles. Finished in Silver with Black leather interior.
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