2000 BMW Z8

  • 2000 BMW Z8 Base Roadster
    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      394/368
    • ENGINE
      5.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $128,000
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2000 BMW Z8 Review

Overpriced performance and style.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2000 BMW Z8 is a sporty-looking, two-seater convertible with rear drive that offers drivers extreme power and versatility. Furthermore, 5000 units of this limited edition model were produced and sold worldwide. It is as attractive a car as any in the market. The Z8 is the successor to the sporty BMW roadster that was designed and made available in 1955.

The Z8 gives drivers the satisfaction of blazing speed and superb handling. Its solid suspension and super stiff aluminum chassis provide a driving experience like a race car. A host of convenience and safety features make it a fun, reliable car to own and drive. Its outer beauty is equally matched by an inner comfort that establishes the Z8 as a truly spectacular ride.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 4.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: BMW Z8

What's New

The 2000 BMW Z8 was manufactured as a completely new sports car with styling elements taken from the 1955 BMW Roadster 507. Its engine was enhanced to improve performance and handling.

Exterior

The 2000 BMW Z8 has approximately a 173-inch length, 72-inch width, 52-inch height, and 99-inch wheelbase. It has a sizzling hot design that turns heads and brings smiles. The Z8 has body-colored bumpers in the front and rear, heated chrome power door mirrors, front fog lights, daytime running lights, a solar-reflective windshield, and tinted glass on the cabin. There is a power convertible aluminum roof with lining and fixed rollover protection. The Z8 also features Xenon headlights, neon turn signals and brake lights, and a twin kidney grille with side gills.

Interior

The 2000 BMW Z8 seats two passengers. Heated leather sport seats with height-adjustable head restraints highlight a full Nappa leather interior. The driver’s seat is power-adjustable. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash features a starter button, cell phone, navigation system, six-disc CD changer, and manual air-conditioning. The gauges are logically arranged for easy readability, and the controls are conveniently located for easy use. The Z8 has remote power windows and locks, a keyless entry system with alarm, an exterior temperature gauge, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 BMW Z8 comes packed with a 4.9-liter, V-8 engine that produces an impressive 394 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. It is a potent engine that provides strong, swift acceleration. It is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds. The Z8 has a top speed of 155 mph. It is mated with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission. The Z8 is built with an independent front strut suspension with anti-roll bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with anti-roll bar and coil springs. This setup enables a smooth, stable ride. It has speed-sensing hydraulic power-assist rack and pinion steering that helps drivers maneuver easily in traffic and take corners effortlessly.

Safety

The 2000 BMW Z8 comes standard with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC.) There is driver, front passenger, and side-impact airbags installed. Rollover protection bars are installed to help prevent rollover incidents. Air pressure sensors are included to help ensure proper air pressure in the tires.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW Z8: 12/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Good handling
  • Stylish design

You Won't Like

  • High price tag
  • Costly to repair
  • Plastic rear window

Sum Up

Overpriced performance and style.

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