BMW Z3M Coupe
- Mileage: 63,730
- Year: 2000
- MOT Expiry: February 2020
- Exterior Colour: Dakar Yellow
- Interior Colour: 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 Coupe was first unveiled at the 1997 Frankfurt motor show. As the M-developed version of the Z3 coupe it sported one of three 24-valve six-cylinder engines originally developed by the BMW M Division for the E36/E46 M3. It also had an M-tuned chassis and several unique cosmetic parts including a more aggressive front with brake cooling ducts in place of fog lights, unique side vents with the M logo, curved M door mirrors, a lower rear bumper with four exposed exhaust tips, and a repositioned rear number plate.
The first M Coupes, with engines from the E36 M3, were built from June 2000 with the S50 engine in both LHD and RHD, and with the S52 engine in LHD only. After having been discontinued for more than six months, a revised M Coupe entered production in February 2001.
The interior of the M Coupe featured several unique items that included a chrome-ringed instrument cluster with red needles and an M logo on the tachometer, three auxiliary gauges in the centre console, heated sport seats with special pleated leather trim, a 375mm three-spoke M steering wheel with tri-color stitching and colour-matched accents, an illuminated M leather shift knob with the M logo on the shift pattern, an oval-shaped rear-view mirror, Nappa leather door pulls and centre console trim, chrome interior door handles, and door sill plates with the ‘M’ logo.
Depending on the market and production date, factory options for the M Coupe included side airbags, headlight washers, electric front seats, cruise control, rear partition net and load cover, electric sliding sunroof, various radios, and a Harmon/Kardon audio system.
Dakar Yellow paintwork, Black Nappa leather upholstery, Heated and electrically adjustable sports seats, Harman Kardon HiFi sound system with CD changer, BMW Business cassette radio, Headlight washer system, Limited slip differential, M sports steering wheel, Driver and passenger front airbags, Air conditioning, Alarm system, Heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, Retractable rear load cover, Retractable dog guard, Velour floor mats, Warning triangle and first aid kit, BMW tool kit.
The striking yellow paintwork is a perfect complement to the M Coupe’s distinctive proportions. Looking closer the body is wonderfully glossy all round with few signs of age to report, the worst being a discreet lacquer imperfection on the roof. There are almost no stone chips at the front end, with no signs of any road rash to the voluptuous rear arches. Looking along both sides you’ll find lovely straight panels and a deep shine throughout.
The heated sports seats are upholstered in supple black Nappa leather, all presenting in fantastic shine-free condition. There’s no marking to any of the gauges or switchgear, and even the driver’s seat bolster is without any significant wear. The immaculate carpets are still protected in the footwells by original velour overmats, and in the boot you’ll find the retractable load cover and dog guard both present. Pleasingly the factory BMW cassette radio is still fitted, this example also boasting the desirable Harman Kardon HiFi upgrade from new.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 3.2-litre S50 straight six is a fine powerplant indeed, producing an impressive 321hp at 7,400 rpm and 258 lb/ft of torque at 3,250 rpm. Its raspy exhaust note is intoxicating at high revs and the slick manual gearbox is a perfect accompaniment. The engine bay of this example appears in fine condition following inspection, with no signs of any damage or poor repair. The car also boasts a great service history, with 11 stamps in the original booklet to include the running-in check done at 1,314 miles; the most recent service was carried out in February 2019 less than 2k miles ago.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 17-inch dished alloys present immaculately having been refurbished to a high standard in recent years. The unmarked wheels are shod in high quality tyres all round, with 225/45 R17 Michelin Pilot Sports at the front and 245/40 R17 Continentals at the rear. Out on the road the brakes perform well, stopping the car with ease quickly and in a straight line.
This low mileage M Coupe was first registered in September 2000. It has now driven just 63k miles from new and is accompanied by a great service history, with all 11 stamps present in the original maintenance booklet. The History File also includes a raft of invoices and MOT certificates, along with the leather document pack with all manuals. The car was last serviced in February 2019 at 61k miles.
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