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Subject: BMW 318ti/Compact List #152 - 08/30/97
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 97 08:00:01 -0400
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 21:53:33 -0400 (EDT)
Thanks to Mike Sitzenstock for find this...
BMW edges brand-new two-seater into high-performance market
As if the Z3 roadster hadn't already made a big enough splash in the
sports-car market, German automaker BMW AG is gunning for an even bigger
piece of the performance pie in early 2000 with an all-new flagship
two-seater dubbed Z8.
Inspired by the classic BMW 507 roadster of the Fifties, the new Z8 (code
name: E52) is being developed by the automaker's fabled M Division and is
aimed at rival Mercedes-Benz AG's SL-series two-seaters as well as the
Ferrari F355 Spyder. Anticipated retail price is around $120,000.
Spy photos of early prototypes suggest the car will have the same basic
proportions as the smaller Z3 - long nose, short deck - with a folding canvas
top (although Michigan-based ASC Corp. reportedly is working with BMW to
develop a folding aluminum hardtop for the car). A distinguishing styling
hallmark will be the vertical "gill" slits in the front fenders, a cue lifted
directly from the 507.
BMW is looking at a variety of possible engines for the Z8, which will share
chassis components with the all-new M5 sport sedan that's due out in Europe
in 1998. Base engine will likely be the 286-horsepower 4.4-liter V-8,
although a high-end edition could get the M5's 385-horsepower 4.8-liter V-8
and six-speed manual gearbox. The Z8 also will feature the latest electronic
gadgetry, including a state-of-the-art traction/stability control system.
NOTE: I HAVE THE Z8 PICTURE POSTED ON MY LINK PAGE.
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