The Z8 was a break from tradition that BMW had not attempted in many years, perhaps even since the M1. It was more than a heavily modified production car; it was an entirely new roadster, based on the Henrik Fisker-designed Z07 and paying homage to the iconic 507 of the fifties. Just like the 507, the Z8 was an exclusive and limited production sports car, of which only about 5,700 examples were built, each sporting the highly acclaimed 4.9-liter, 400 bhp V8 from the previously introduced M5 sports sedan. It was even the choice of the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond, driven by Pierce Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
400 bhp, 4.9-liter 32-valve double VANOS V8 engine, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.6".
Source: RM Auctions
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