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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1999 - 2002
Numbers built:5703
Introduced at:1999 Frankfurt Motor Show
Internal name:E52
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAn almost endlessly long hood, large wheels, air scoops on the side - looking at the beautiful body of the Z8 immediately evokes the glory days of classic roadsters. You will harken back to the legendary BMW 507 of the '50s, one of the most beautiful cars ever built. Designed by one of the star stylists of his day, Albrecht Graf Goertz, this genuine classic saw an exclusive production run of only 252 units. Like the 507 that inspired it, the Z8 will be produced in tantalizingly small numbers. Indeed, an automotive dream of this caliber is what happens when a team of passionate and enthusiastic designers and engineers join up to create an exceptional automobile. Here they were given free rein to build a truly emotional two seater, a car created for driving pleasure and evoking immediate passion.

In its basic design the BMW Z8 is characterized by classic roadster features borne out by the long front fenders, short overhangs and the snug but comfortable cockpit. The softly flowing lines of the wheel arches extend through the wide doors to the short and powerful-looking rear end. And the air scoops between the front wheel arches and the doors are a long standing BMW tradition. The Z8 is a typical BMW from the front of course: Its wide kidney grille and compact round xenon headlights beneath glass covers underline the traditional, typical features of the marque. The view road users will most often see and remember is the equally impressive rear end with body lines extending slightly downwards, the diffuser and two tailpipes made of polished steel. A hardtop for the less sunny days of the year, incidentally, comes standard.

Developing the 'backbone' of the Z8, BMW's engineers have opted for a new technology, an aluminium spaceframe with structural panels. The outer skin of this elegant sports car, therefore, is made largely of aluminium. The bumpers and the inner flanks at the rear are made of polyurethane serving to softly cushion minor bumps and impacts against the body. These elaborate materials ensure maximum chassis stiffness, optimum behavior in a crash and superior smoothness, reducing vibrations to a minimum. It almost goes without saying that high technology at its very best continues beneath the skin of the BMW Z8. So it is no surprise that this top-of-the-line sports car, built in limited numbers in Munich comes with the thrilling performance of the V8 engine from BMW's E39 M5.

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