BMW Z8 – a model of a two-seater sports car with an aluminum body.
The prototype was introduced in the fall of 1997 in Tokyo, the production model of the BMW Z8 – in 2000. It is produced in small quantities at the plants in Dingolfing and Munich.
The exterior design of the car resembles the legendary model of the 1950s. BMW 507, created by Count Albrecht Goertz: long hood, large wheels. The work of designer Henrik Fiskers pays tribute to the heritage of this sports car, and under the beautiful lining of aluminum and carbon fiber panels there is a spatial aluminum frame, no less complicated than the suspension of many modern racing cars, which provides high levels of body rigidity. The quick-detachable aluminum roof, as well as the rear panel in the open version, are made at the same time with the rear wings and the “trunk” (in fact, there is no trunk lid as such). When transforming a body from a coupe to a roadster, the rear of the car is completely replaced. The chassis elements are also made of aluminum alloys, and the bumpers are made of polyurethane.
The idea of a remake of cars of the fifties and sixties was a win-win and attracted universal interest. At the end of the century, humanity is increasingly looking back. The events of the middle of the century to a large extent determined the current state of mind and the general state of society. Therefore, it is not surprising that designers are more and more willing to turn to the images of those years. Over the past 4 years, we have already witnessed “reincarnations” in the face of the concept cars of the once popular Renault Fifty and Mini Cooper. And the “newly born” Volkswagen Beetle even reached the conveyor. Also, the BMW Z8 is perceived as, rethought decades later, the Model 507. Their interconnection is deliberately emphasized by the wide nostrils of the air intakes, smooth contours of the wings, the low angle of the windshield, the wheels with the central nut and even the rear license plate light. Already resurrected in the Z3, M Roadster and M Coupe models, the “gills” on the front wings are also inherited from 507. On the BMW Z8, they combine perfectly with the narrow optics of the direction indicators. And the steering wheel with spring spokes brings us back to the era of the 30s. But the BMW Z8 is not just a modern remake of a particular car. The combination of the classic elegance of the Z8, its speed, handling and modern technology helps create a modern legend.
The Bavarians saved buyers from the headache associated with the choice of additional equipment: it is simply not provided. But the standard equipment includes air conditioning, navigation system, high-end audio installation, traction control, dynamic stabilization system DSC III, front and side airbags. The trunk is tiny, its volume is only 205 liters (as on our Oka). But the Z8 was not made at all to carry suitcases and bags with groceries! But two sets of golf clubs will fit here perfectly.
The BMW Z8 is equipped with a V-shaped eight-cylinder engine. With a displacement of 5 liters, this engine develops a capacity of 400 liters. from. at 6600 rpm, the maximum torque is 500 Nm. High torque is achieved, in particular, through the use of a dual gas distribution system VANOS and individual throttle valves, first received electronic control. The traction and dynamic characteristics of the BMW Z8 model are provided by a six-speed gearbox and the DSC III dynamic stability control system. Acceleration from standstill to 100 km / h takes less than 5 seconds. Until the BMW Z8, which runs at such a speed, stops completely, 2.5 seconds are enough. The tires are equipped with an emergency running system.
The BMW Z8 was named Car of the Year 2001 in the Robb’s Report. This title, awarded at the Los Angeles International Motor Show, is awarded annually to cars worth more than $ 40,000, whose design, style and technical characteristics make it possible to put them on a par with the best sports and representative cars in the world.