2003 BMW Z8

  • 2003 BMW Z8 Base Roadster Convertible

    Base Roadster Convertible

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2003 BMW Z8 Review

The perfect little vehicle to ensure maximum attention.

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The 2003 BMW Z8 is an eye-catching convertible that it is on the top of the list amongst other competing models in its class. The 2003 BMW Z8 is a limited edition vehicle. It comes with a powerful, four-liter engine and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in five seconds. The vehicle comes with two transmission options: the six-speed manual overdrive and the five-speed automatic with overdrive.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 4.9-liter V-8, 4.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual overdrive, five-speed automatic overdrive
Models: BMW Z8, BMW Z8 Alpina

What's New

The 2003 BMW Z8 has limited changes. It retains the twin-kidney grille of BMW with the emblem in the middle. The vehicle also retains the aluminum frame that makes BMW vehicles lighter than other vehicles in the same range. This factor enhances the vehicle’s capacity for speed. It retains the run-flat tire technology and the attractive alloy wheels are standard on all the trims.


The 2003 BMW Z8 comes with 18 x 9.0 inch alloy wheels and 275/40R Z run flat tires. Its exterior dimensions 72 inches wide, 51.9 inches high, and 173.2 inches long atop a 98.6-inch wheelbase. The vehicle has a cargo capacity of 5.1 cubic feet. It has speed sensitive wipers and indicators on the external side mirrors. The convertible roof of the 2003 BMW Z8 is completely removable to create a vehicle that is completely appropriate to enjoy the sun in the summer.


The interior of the 2003 BMW Z8 is appointed in leather, including the sport front seats and steering wheel. Alloy and leather trim is on the center console, on the doors, on the gearshift knob, and on the dashboard. The interior comes with convenience features like air conditioning. The vehicle has power features, such as door locks, power mirrors, and power windows. The vehicle interior dimensions are 37.2 inches headroom and 55.2 inches shoulder room.

The six-way power driver and passenger seats are height adjustable and have multi-level heating capability. The interior of the 2003 BMW Z8 has storage space on the front console, and on the door pockets. The leather steering wheel has speed-proportional power steering on a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The navigation system on this edition is CD-based display and gives voice directions. The vehicle comes pre-wired for wireless and satellite-based communication.

The driver gets an electro-chromatic rearview mirror that dims the glare from the headlamps of vehicles following close behind at night. The dashboard comes with a clock and high end Harman Kardon stereo system with speakers of the same brand. The sound system has ten speakers of 250-watts stereo output. The AM/FM radio, the CD-player, and the multi-CD changer of the 2003 BMW Z8 hide away conveniently under the seat.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 BMW Z8 comes with a powerful, 4.9-liter V-8 that produces 394-hp at 6600 rpm, and 368 lb-ft torque at 3800 rpm, double overhead cam (DOHC), with 32 valves, and variable valve timing (VVT). The 2003 BMW Z8 is a rear-drive, six-speed manual transmission with limited slip differential in the rear. The suspension is a four-wheel independent suspension and the vehicle comes with stability control and traction control.


The 2003 BMW Z8 comes with front side-mounted airbags on the sides of the driver and the passenger. The front seats come with height-adjustable headrests. Height-adjustable headrests protect the occupant from neck injuries and whiplash in an impact. The vehicle comes with seatbelt pre-tension mechanism. This mechanism holds the seat occupant in place in sudden braking and in an impact. It protects the occupant from injuries from a launching airbag by securing them back to avoid collision with the airbag. The vehicle comes with anti-theft alarm system and an engine immobilizer. To enable the driver to see the road in different light intensity, the 2003 BMW Z8 comes with fog lights, daytime running lights, and self-leveling headlamps. For night driving, the vehicle comes with high-pressure and high-intensity discharge xenon headlamps.

Additional safety features include electronic brake force distribution, emergency braking assist system, and ventilated disc brakes in the front and in the rear. The Z8 comes with four-wheel anti-lock brake systems (ABS) as a standard feature.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW Z8 Base: 13/21 mpg city/highway
BMW Z8 Alpina: 14/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Aluminum frame
  • Braking system
  • Suspension system
  • Handling
  • Removable roof top
  • Exterior appearance
  • Safety features

You Won't Like

  • Tight interior space

Sum Up

The perfect little vehicle to ensure maximum attention.

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