Połączenie mocnego silnika, doskonałej mechaniki i fantastycznej retro stylistyki błyskawicznie wyniosły BMW Z8 na orbitę zainteresowań kolekcjonerskich. To samochód, który fenomenalnie się prowadzi, choć z powodu swojej szybko rosnącej wartości coraz mniej właścicieli ma odwagę w pełni wykorzystywać jego dynamiczne możliwości. Utrzymany w kolekcjonerskim stanie roadster sprzedany został za 184800 euro (+ prowizja), czyli sumę wyższą, niż pierwszy i jedyny właściciel uiścił ledwie piętnaście lat temu w salonie.
4 February 2015
2000 BMW Z8
To be auctioned on Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sold for €184.800
Chassis no. WBAEJ11020AF77730
400 bhp, 4,941 cc DOHC V-8 engine with Bosch electronic fuel injection, six-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 2,505 mm.
A modern interpretation of BMW’s iconic 507
Recently serviced by a BMW dealership
Just 20,000 miles from new
The Z8, based on BMW’s Z07 concept car that stole the show at the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show, was put into production in 2000, and thankfully, its design did not differ too much from the Z07 concept. Although it beautifully recalled some of its predecessors’ design features, it still remained a modern design in its own right, bringing BMW into the 21st century with style.
The Z8 shared its powertrain with the vaunted E39 M5, a car that many believe to be one of the best cars BMW ever built, which meant that it certainly had performance to back up its looks. As it was built on an aluminium space frame, it was slightly lighter than the M5, boasting 50/50 weight distribution, and it could more than hold its own on both twisty back roads and open straightaways. The car was electronically limited to a top speed of 250 km/h following a 0–100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds, but many believe that it could reach a top speed upwards of 290 km/h if unrestricted.
This particular European-specification Z8 model was produced on 7 July 2000 and finished new in Titanium Silver over a black leather interior. After originally being delivered to the UK, the car was imported into Sweden in 2007, and it has remained there ever since. It currently shows 20,000 miles on its odometer, and it is reported to be in excellent condition, clearly having been well maintained both cosmetically and mechanically by its previous owners. The service book has stamps from Sytner BMW in the UK, and just prior to the sale, the car was fully serviced by BMW dealership Bilia Group in Gothenberg, Sweden, to ensure that it is ready for the road. In addition to receipts for the car’s recent service, the Z8 is accompanied by its desirable body-colour hardtop, a full set of books, a car cover, and two sets of keys.
The Z8 is undoubtedly one of the most desirable modern BMWs, and it holds a place in the hearts of many BMW enthusiasts for its retro styling, exciting performance, and wonderful driving dynamics. In recent years, they have become quite desirable to collectors, and finding a pristine and well-maintained example is often difficult. This Z8 is finished in perhaps the car’s most iconic livery, that of the Z8 used by James Bond in The World Is Not Enough. As such, it would look splendid parked at home next to a 507, and it would only garner the most favourable of compliments whilst out and about. The Z8 is a true modern classic that boasts both timeless beauty and performance to rival many contemporary supercars.