In developing the Z8, BMW married form and function like never before. Power came from the 4.9-liter V-8 of the M5, mated to a proper six-speed gearbox and producing nearly 400 bhp. The design was flawless from any angle, inside and out, carried over from Henrik Fisker’s Z07 concept introduced at Tokyo in 1997 and paying homage to the Count Albrecht Goertz-designed 507 of the 1950s with side vents, a sleek front end and such retro touches as a banjo-type steering wheel.

With 50/50 weight distribution and the acceleration of a Ferrari 360 Modena, this was BMW’s fastest roadster to date, the choice of James Bond and a true supercar with brilliant braking and cornering. Motor Trend magazine brought out its true “M” potential, achieving a 0-60 mph sprint of just 4.2 seconds, and top speed was reported as 155 mph. Technically sophisticated, the Z8 also marked BMW’s first use of an aluminum space-frame structure utilizing innovative construction techniques.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

394 bhp, 4,941 cc V-8 engine with dual overhead camshafts per cylinder bank and 32 valves, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and hydraulic four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.6"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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