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Hey Cobra Fans, Take A Look At This Curvy 2001 BMW Z3M Roadster 13
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, BMW, BMW M, BMW Z3, Classics, used cars on 10 13th, 2016


The BMW Z3M Roadster was considered something like a modern take on the Shelby Cobra, thanks to its compact size and rather healthy figures portrayed on its specs list.
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Hey Cobra Fans, Take A Look At This Curvy 2001 BMW Z3M Roadster 13
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, BMW, BMW M, BMW Z3, Classics, used cars on 10 13th, 2016


The BMW Z3M Roadster was considered something like a modern take on the Shelby Cobra, thanks to its compact size and rather healthy figures portrayed on its specs list.
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These 7 Sports Cars Were Roadsters Before They Were Coupes 24
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW Z3, Corvette, Dodge Viper, Jaguar F-Type, Mercedes Black Series, Mercedes SL, Pontiac Solstice, Porsche Boxster, Spotlight on 09 24th, 2016


Some of the convertibles on the market were designed that way from the ground up. Think Mazda MX-5 or Ferrari Ferrari California. Most of them, however, were derived from coupes and had their roofs chopped off – models like the Ford Mustang, Audi TT, BMW 4 Series, Bentley Continental GT, Lamborghini Huracan… or just about any other drop-top on the road today.
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Modded Z3M Coupe Proves That The Clown Shoe Is A BMW Classic 16
Mar
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW Z3, Classics, video on 03 16th, 2016


It is perhaps one of the most polarizing models that came out of BMW’s M department, but whether or not you like the Z3 M Coupe, you can’t deny its charm.
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BMW M Shows Off Its V-12 Powered Z3 Prototype 8
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, BMW, BMW M, BMW Z3, Kurt on 08 8th, 2012

BMW M’s V-12 Z3 – image: BMW

BMW’s Z3, even in M form, was never what we would have called “overpowered.” The Bavarian automaker must have grown tired of comments that the car needed more grunt, so its M Division apparently built a one-off prototype of a V-12-powered Z3 roadster.

Aside from three images posted to the BMW M Facebook page, there aren’t many details available on the car. Assuming that it was built during the Z3’s production run (from 1996 – 2002), that would seem to indicate that the V-12 under the hood is a 5.4-liter M73 engine, good for 326 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque.

BMW M’s V-12 Z3 – image: BMW

That certainly would have added thrust to the Z3, at the expense of handling balance. Although the M73 uses an aluminum engine block, you’ve still got all the steel internals to think about, which means this particular car would have been nose-heavy and a handful to drive at speed. At turn in, we’d expect gobs of understeer; get on the power too hard or too early, and snap oversteer would rear its ugly head.

BMW M’s V-12 Z3 – image: BMW

Maybe building an utterly unforgiving Z3 was the point; after all, no one has ever praised a Shelby Cobra for its forgiving handling. We’ll likely never know what the thinking behind this BMW skunkworks project was, but that’s OK with us. That the car exists at all is reason enough to not give up on the human race.







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