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2000 BMW Z8 Convertible

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  • $128,000 original MSRP
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Sneak Preview: 2000 BMW Z8

Source: New Car Test Drive

by Paul Dana

On sale: Spring 2000
Expected pricing: $120,000+

When Pierce Brosnan appeared behind the wheel of BMW's Z3 convertible in the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, the bad guys really had nothing to worry about. In its original guise, that two-seat convertible was slightly toylike in its proportions, almost whimsical in appearance. Plus, the base four-cylinder engine lent itself more to cruising than any serious pursuits. Not until BMW's Motorsports division breathed fire into the platform with the M Roadster and M Coupe did villains need pause for the Z3.

This time around, however, 007's mount is significantly more serious in every category, including style, price, performance and panache. With the Z8, BMW is targeting the world's premier supercars, including the Porsche 911 Turbo and Ferrari 360 Maranello. As the spiritual successor to the 8 Series coupes, the Z8 serves as the flagship model for the BMW product line. Nothing short of scorching performance will do.

The car arrived in Bond's The World Is Not Enough this past Thanksgiving. It arrives in showrooms sometime in the spring of 2000 as a 2000 model. The Z8 debuted as a show car concept in 1997 at the Tokyo Motor Show. BMW had the good sense to leave it alone on the way to production. A full production version was shown at this past year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Style-wise, the car is a gem. The overall theme is the now ubiquitous modern-retro. A classic long hood and rear-cockpit proportions pay tribute to virtually every great roadster in history, especially the Jaguar E-type. The corporate trademark twin-kidney grille has been squashed flat and arranged across a shark nose that peaks sharply in the center. Round fog lamps are tucked into the outer edges of the grille. A lot of cars used to look this cool, until the advent of government-regulated 5 mph bumpers. The nose, together with chromed horizontal ventilation gills aft of the front wheels, similar to those on the Z3, recalls BMW's beautiful 507 roadster from the 1950s. At the rear, the taillights are horizontal slits. Front and rear fenders bulge subtly and sexily over the wheels. Nowhere does the car look fussy. There's just a simple, timeless forcefulness of intent.

The cockpit, on the other hand, represents a concoction of daring '50s themes gone too far. The main gauges are grouped in a cluster in the center of the dash, so the driver must glance to the right to take them in. The chrome, multi-spoke treatment of the steering wheel is a styling touch better left to history, especially in such a potent machine. Customers will either love the look or hate it. Regardless, cars like this show that design courage is meeting with acceptance in the boardroom and in public, and the world is better place as a result. One detail that works well is the use of individual leather-wrapped roll hoops behind each occupant. The soft top is semi-automatic, employing a servo-powered closing mechanism. A removable aluminum hardtop is standard.

Mechanically, the Z8 is deadly serious. The chassis, suspension and bodywork are made almost entirely of aluminum to minimize weight. Power comes from the 5.0-liter 400-horsepower V8 currently serving in the M5 sedan. The unit features BMW's double-VANOS variable valve timing, plus an intake manifold that uses electronically controlled individual throttle butterflies for each bank of cylinders. These help generate neck-snapping torque at low- to mid-rpm ranges, with a peak value of 369 foot-pounds at just 3800 rpm. All this motive force, channeled through a six-speed manual gearbox and propelling a 3660-pound car, translates into 0-60 mph times in about 4.5 seconds. Like all German luxury cars, top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

In the handling department, the severe rearward location of the engine behind the front axle contributes to perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Massive 245/45 front tires and 275/40 rears ride on 18-inch rims. Their tenacious grip on the pavement is aided by BMW's DSC III (Dynamic Stability Control) system. BMWs have long set the standard for handling superiority and driving enjoyment, and we expect the same of the Z8.

No firm pricing has been set, but the Z8 should sticker in the $120,000-$130,000 range. BMW will only import 500 to 1000 of the cars initially, so unless you are already on a waiting list at your dealer, you may have to wait a few years. Or you could ask Q to whip one up in the lab. Either way, it will be worth the wait.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

BMW Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Every Certified Pre-Owned BMW comes with a protection plan designed to give you the ultimate peace-of-mind.

All Certified Pre-Owned BMW vehicles are exceptional, as are our two tiers of certification:
BMW Certified Pre-Owned
Covers you for 2 years/50,000 miles1 after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 6 years/100,000 miles1. This includes 24/7 Roadside Assistance and BMW AssistTM Emergency Call, which includes automatic collision notification, and TeleService.
BMW Certified Pre-Owned Elite
These are newer model year, lower mileage (more than 300 miles but less than 15,001 miles) vehicles. This warranty covers you for 1 year/25,000 miles1 after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty or for a total of 5 years/75,000 miles1. This includes 5 years of 24/7 Roadside Assistance and BMW AssistTM Emergency Call, which includes automatic collision notification, and TeleService.

Vehicles must pass a rigorous pre-certification inspection conducted by BMW certified technicians.

For complete program details, visit cpo.bmwusa.com.

1whichever comes first
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection View & Download the BMW Certified Pre-Owned Inspection Checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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