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?
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.
- 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.
- It’s exclusive and so rare. Only 5,703 were made.
- 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.
The way it looks. There’s a grown-up sophistication and glamour to it, a combination of quirkiness and throwback styling.
- 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.