The BMW Z8: Why not an M?

Ok. Ok. We know it's not an "M". Let's just get that out of the way. That doesn't mean we think it shouldn't/couldn't have been.

Being that the Z8 is such an amazing vehicle we are of course excited to have even one in our inventory. However, the fact that we currently have TWO in stock has us just flat out elated! You can check out each vehicle individually in the links below and learn a little bit about the Z8 model itself at the bottom.

Click here to learn more about ^ this Z8.

The BMW Z8 was always intended to be a "halo" car, designed to draw attention to BMW and lead to increased sales of other BMW vehicles. And boy did it do just that when it starred in the James Bond film The World is Not Enough. Besides being a "halo" car for BMW, the Z8 was also used as a test bed for new engineering techniques. The real technical achievement was hidden under the body—an advanced form of welded and extruded aluminum space-frame chassis construction. Under the hood is BMW's powerful 4.9 liter V-8 that produces 400 horsepower rocketing the Z8 to 60 miles per hour in the mid 4 second range. The limited-production model went on sale in 2000, and just less than half of the 5,703 built came to the United States.

Inspiration for the Z8 came in 1993 when BMW’s Wolfgang Reitzle and Bernd Pischetsrieder attended a party at the factory where a vintage BMW 507 was displayed. The duo liked what they saw and decided that, one day, they would try to repeat the trick. Conceived under code Z07, a team from BMW Technik GmbH developed a concept car that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1997. The production car remained amazingly similar to the initial concept in 1999, a few months before deliveries were to actually begin.