2002 BMW Z8 Roadster
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2002 BMW Z8
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The Z8 cost US$128,000, had an all-aluminum chassis and body, and used a 4,941 cc (4.9 L; 301.5 cu in) V8 engine which has a power output of 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) at 6,600 rpm and 500 N⋅m (369 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 3,800 rpm. This engine, known internally as the S62, was built by BMW Motorsport and was shared with the E39 M5 sports saloon. The engine is located behind the front axle in order to provide the car with a 50/50 weight distribution. The factory claimed a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) acceleration time of 4.7 seconds; Motor Trend magazine achieved 0–96 km/h (0–60 mph) in 4.2 seconds. Road & Track measured the car's lateral grip at 0.92. 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 automobiles the top speed of the Z8 was electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.4 mph) with the delimited top speed amounting to an estimated 290 km/h (180 mph).
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 car was shipped with a colour-matching metal hardtop with a rear defroster. Unlike many contemporary hardtops, which are provided for practical rather than stylistic considerations, the hardtop of the Z8 was designed from the outset to complement the lines of the car's styling.
In order to keep the interior uncluttered, a number of functions were integrated into multifunction controls. For example, the power windows and mirrors were controlled by a single instrument. Also, the centre-mounted instrument cluster was canted slightly toward the driver. The displacement of gauges to the middle of the dashboard was intended to offer an unimpeded view of the hood and the road ahead.
In order to promote the Z8 to collectors and reinforce media speculation about the car's "instant classic" potential, BMW promised that a 50-year stockpile of spare parts would be maintained in order to support the Z8 fleet. Due to the limited volume of production, all elements of the car were constructed or finished by hand, thereby compounding the importance of ongoing manufacturer support for the type. The price and production process allowed BMW to offer customised options to interested buyers. A significant number of cars with bespoke paint and interior treatments were produced over the course of the four-year production run by BMW Individual, a division of BMW
4.9L (302) DOHC 32-valve V8 aluminum block & heads engine w/variable valve timing
Dynamic throttle control w/sport & comfort throttle mapping modes
6-speed manual transmission w/OD
Limited slip differential
Rear wheel drive
90 amp/hr battery
120 amp alternator
All aluminum space frame w/aluminum body panels
Strut-type front suspension
4-link rear suspension w/coil springs
Front 18" x 8.0"/rear 18" x 9.0" Z8 specific 10-spoke alloy wheels
Pwr rack & pinion steering
4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
Dynamic brake control
19.5 gallon fuel tank
Dual polished steel exhaust pipes
Body-colored hard top
Twin kidney grille w/side gills
Headlight washer jets
Neon turn signals & brake lights
Heated pwr exterior chrome side mirrors
Heated sport seats
Pwr driver seat
Dual cup holders
Front floor mats
Leather-wrapped 3-spoke aluminum wire steering wheel w/body-colored center cap
Pwr telescoping steering column w/tilt steering wheel
Body-colored center console, door panels & dash w/aluminum control knobs
Central instrument cluster
Exterior temp gauge
Tire pressure monitoring system
Manual air conditioning
Harmon/Kardon sound system-inc: 6-disc CD changer
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Dual-threshold "smart" front airbags
Door-mounted side-impact airbags
Automatic safety belt pre-tensioners
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