Why The BMW Z8 Is Cool

6 reasons why BMW's retro style roadster from the late nineties deserves a place in the annals of cool cars

BMW Z8
Classic BMW 507
BMW Z8 pays homage to the classic BMW 507

The BMW Z8 is BMW’s retro style roadster produced between 1999 and 2003. This Z-car was designed by Henrik Fisker and built in homage to the classic 507 from 1956.

But why do I think it’s cool?

  1. BMW E39 M5
    Soul sistas: BMW E39 M5 and Z8 share an engine

    It has a 400bhp V8 under the bonnet from the M5 of the same era. The Z8 can sprint to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 249 km/h. Perfect getaway car.

  2. No surprise then that it was a Bond car starring in 1999’s The World Is Not Enough. In the film it ends up being sliced in half by a tree cutting helicopter.
  3. It’s exclusive and so rare. Only 5,703 were made.
  4. It has some cool features that were innovative at the time of its release: rear lights and indicators powered by neon tubes, indicators hidden in the side vents and run flat tyres.

    BMW Z8 Bond car
    BMW Z8 has a special place in cinematic history as a Bond car
  5. BMW Z8
    BMW Z8: Just gets better with age

    The way it looks. There’s a grown-up sophistication and glamour to it, a combination of quirkiness and throwback styling.

  6. And it isn’t all that bad to drive second time round. As this article from the Daily Telegraph points out, the BMW Z8 has just got better with age.

Caroline Kidd

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