BMW Z3M Roadster LHD
- Mileage: 22,514
- Year: 1998
- MOT Expiry: June 2018
- Exterior Colour: Evergreen
- Interior Colour: Evergreen and Black Nappa Leather
- Top speed: 155
- 0-60mph: 5.3
- BHP: 317
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 3201cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
The M roadster was first unveiled at the 1996 Geneva motor show, though production did not begin until later that year. It was designed as the performance version of the BMW Z3, and there were significant differences between the two variants. These included front and rear bumpers, gills, boot and mirrors. Under the skin many of the components were beefed up with the rear suspension being derived from the E30 M3 and the front suspension and brake system being taken from the E36 M3 Evo. Based on the E36 platform, the Z3 Roadster was known internally as the E36/7. The M Roadster could run a wider track under the flared wheel arches as well as wider wheels and tyres to try to tame the increased power. A dual exhaust system fed each set of three cylinders to two dual tailpipes. The Z3 M roadster was the first BMW to feature this quad exhaust design, which has since become a BMW M division signature.
The interior had a different look to the standard Z3. The sport package M-version steering wheel was standard on the M, and there was different instrumentation such as an oil temperature gauge. Finally, the car was available in M-specific colors, which were not released for the regular Z3, at least in the early production years (not counting BMW's Individual program).
Electric windows, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Limited slip differential (25%) (209), Airbag for front passenger (243), Side airbags for driver and front passenger (260), Remote central locking (305), Heated windscreen washer nozzles (314), Green stripe windscreen (354), Electric folding soft-top in black (388), Roll-bar protection system (395), Velour floor mats (423), Warning triangle (428), Smokers Package (441), Sport seats (481), Seat heating (494), Headlight Washer System (502), Air Conditioning (530), CD Changer (692), M leather steering wheel (710), White Direction Indicator Lights (785), Removable wind deflector.
Those voluptuous Evergreen curves look marvelous under our studio lighting. The dazzling paintwork remains in fine order with no lacquer peel or corrosion to be found whatsoever. On close inspection there are almost no stone chips to the front bumper or bonnet, with areas such as the wing mirrors and flared arches also free from any chips or dings. Furthermore, all black trim and chrome detailing is in excellent condition.
The two-tone Nappa leather sports seats are in super condition and remain free from any sagging or damage, still feeling firm and supportive. The smart Black and Evergreen combination is carried through to the door cards and centre console, all of which is in fine order with no scuffs or marks. The carpets are perfectly clean throughout and are protected in the footwells by a set of black overmats showing almost no signs of wear. The boot area also remains spotlessly clean.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Being an earlier example, this M Roadster is equipped with the stunning S50 engine that produces an impressive 317hp. With no kind of electronic traction or stability control system, it is certainly not for the faint-hearted. The S50 engine can be identified by the "BMW M Power" inscription on its cam cover, while the later S54 motor contains only the "M" badge.
The ZF Type C 5-speed manual gearbox remains feeling tight and precise when shifting through the gears, handling the engine's power perfectly. The car has been well maintained from new, and has been serviced at very close mileage intervals despite only covering a mere 22k miles.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 17-inch five-spoke M RoadStar alloys are presented in the correct Chromeline finish. The deep rear dish gives the car a very broad, aggressive stance. With only a handful of discreet marks between them, the wheels are in fine order with fresh-looking centre caps and M Power badges.
They alloys are shod in a matching set of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres with plenty of tread remaining. The brakes also feel strong and confident, bringing the car to a standstill quickly and smoothly.
The Z3 was first registered in October 1998. Residing on salt-free roads up until its recent import has meant the car has been extremely well preserved. The history file is complete with original BMW book pack with all the dealer-supplied manuals. The recorded service history is as follows:
13/10/2001 at 17,182km / 10,676 miles
24/03/2006 at 28,563km / 17,748 miles
21/03/2008 at 33,157km / 20,602 miles
23/03/2010 at 34,385km / 21,365 miles
27/03/2012 at 35,058km / 21,784 miles
12/03/2014 at 35,478km / 22,045 miles
26/03/2016 at 35,605km / 22,123 miles
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