2001 BMW Z8

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2001 BMW Z8 Review

A top-of-the-line BMW.

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Overview

The 2001 BMW Z8 is a sporty-looking, two-seater convertible with rear drive that offers drivers extreme power. It looks attractive. The Z8 succeeds the BMW roadster from 1955. Five thousand units of this limited-edition model were produced worldwide.

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 racecar. A host of convenience and safety features make it a fun, reliable car to own and drive. Its outer beauty equally matches its inner comfort, establishing 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 2001 BMW Z8 sells as a completely new sports car with styling elements taken from the 1955 BMW Roadster 507. Its engine improves performance and handling.

Exterior

The 2001 BMW Z8 has approximately a 173-inch length, a 72-inch width, a 52-inch height, and a 99-inch wheelbase. It features 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. Audi offers a power convertible aluminum roof with lining and fixed rollover protection. The Z8 also features xenon headlights, neon turn signals and brake lights, a keyless entry system with an alarm, and a twin kidney grille with side gills.

Interior

The Z8 seats two passengers. Heated leather sport seats with height-adjustable head restraints highlight a full Nappa leather interior. The driver’s seat offers power adjustment. Pockets in the doors and bins on the seats provide easy storage. The dash features a starter button, a cell phone, a navigation system, a six-disc CD changer, and manual air-conditioning. The gauges sit logically arranged for easy readability and use. The 2001 BMW Z8 also features an exterior temperature gauge and a tire pressure monitoring system and power windows and locks.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 BMW Z8 contains a 4.9-liter, V-8 engine that produces an impressive 394 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. This potent engine provides strong, swift acceleration. It moves from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds. The Z8 reaches a top speed of 155 mph. It mates with a smooth-shifting, six-speed manual transmission.

The Z8 uses an independent front strut suspension with an anti-roll bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with an 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 Z8 comes standard with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC.) The 2001 BMW Z8 includes driver, front-passenger, and side-impact airbags. Rollover protection bars help prevent rollover incidents. Air pressure sensors 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 repairs
  • Plastic rear window

Sum Up

A top-of-the-line BMW.

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