Of course, a future classic like this BMW Z8 may not be missing in our collection. With his fame already speeding ahead as the business car of a certain Mr James Bond, attracted the beautiful cabriolet already worldwide attention, even before the official introduction. Widely praised by the fantastic appearance, based on the iconic BMW 507, but also the surprisingly good performance and handling is part of the succss. Partly due to this is the stiffness of the bodywork, completely made of aluminum.
From the beginning, the BMW Z8 has been a true collector’s car and that is not changed till now. This Z8 was delivered on December 19th. 2000 to the first owner from Aachen Germany and has been in the Netherlands since December 2001. Here the car is only cherished by owners of a serious collection, which also is the reason for the very low mileage of only 15.981 km! We do not say it often, but it is sure that this BMW is in an absolute like new condition.
The standard equipment is already so extensive that as the only extras is ordered the fantastic color Topas Blue, together with a black Nappa full leather interior. It is obvious that everything is complete including the original hardtop, purchase invoice, all service- and instruction booklets and the one-off, nowhere to buy, development and construction of the car, including a photo of the factory delivery of the car.
Topas Blue metallic (0364)
Nappal full leather interior (P1SW)
The Z07 Concept had been based on the concurrently running E52 development program. As a result, practical and regulatory issues are very few changes for the production model. Comparatively, the windshield of the production series Z8 was more upward, and had a larger front airdam. The Z8 hardtop differed from the Z07 in a double bubble form with a tapering faring versus a single dome with a truncated convex backside. The Z07’s driver’s side helmet fairing was never intended for production, in order to allow easy operation or the power soft top.
The side-mounted turn indicators were integrated into the vents in a fashion that have them invisible until activated. The vintage simplicity of the interior was preserved by modern equipment under retracting panels. Complex compound curves were made through the use of an expensive MIG-welded aluminum space frame.
The Z8’s spaceframe was produced at the Dingolfing Plant and the car was hand-finished in Munich. It was showcased as James Bond’s car in the film The World is Not Enough released in November 1999, from scenes shot in early April 1999.
The car had an all-aluminum chassis and body and used a 4.9 L (4941 cc) 32-valve V8, that developed 400 hp (300 kW) and 370 lb⋅ft (500 Nm) 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 0-100 km / h (0-62 mph) time of 4.7 seconds; Motor Trend magazine achieved 0-96 km / h (0-60 mph) in 4.2 seconds. Road and Track measured the car’s lateral grip at .92.
The Z8 used neon exterior lighting, the tail lights and turn indicators are powered by neon tubes that offer quicker activation than standard lightbulbs and are expected to last for the life of the vehicle.
Every Z8 was shipped with a color-matching metal hardtop with rear defroster. With many accessory hardtops, which are provided for practical rather than stylistic considerations, the Z8 hardtop was designed from the outset to complement the lines of the roadster.
In order to keep the interior uncluttered, a number of convenience functions were integrated into multifunction controls. For example, the power windows and mirrors were controlled by a single instrument. Also, the center-mounted cluster instrument was canted slightly toward the driver. The displacement of these gauges to the middle of the dash was intended to offer an unimpeded view of the hood and the road ahead.
In order to promote the Z8 to collectors and reinforcement media speculation about the Z8’s “instant classic” potential, BMW promised that a 50-year stockpile or spare parts would be maintained in order to support the Z8 fleet. Due to the limited volume of Z8 production, all elements of the car have been constructed or finished by hand, thereby guaranteeing the importance of ongoing manufacturer support for the type. The price point and production process allowed BMW to offer custom options to interested buyers. A significant number of Z8s with nonstandard paint and interior treatments were produced over the course of the four-year production run by BMW Individual, a division of BMW AG.
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