In developing the Z8, BMW married form and function like never before. Power came from the concurrent M5’s 4.9-liter V8, mated to a proper six-speed gearbox and producing 400 bhp. The design was flawless from any angle, inside and out, carried over from Henrik Fisker’s Z07 concept 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 “Agent 007” and a true supercar when it came to braking and cornering. In fact, this 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 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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