BMW Z3's Twinsister the Z3 Coupe : E36/8

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BMW built a dynamic performance coupe of unusual character for drivers similarly inclined. Impressive body strength. Brawny performance. The Z3 coupe stands head and beefy shoulders above the crowd. Classic analog gauges in a retro-modern cockpit hearken back to its glamorous GT heritage . Manufactured in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, the M Coupe is a Z3 with a high-performance suspension, larger wheels, bigger exhaust, and the inline six-cylinder engine from the BMW M3 . The BMW Z3 M Coupe was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 1996. Equipped with the technology of the M3, the Z M Series has agility, safety, compactness and awesome power in the stylish Z package. The 2001 BMW M Coupe and M Roadster made their world debut at the Greater LA Auto Show These two cars had previously won praise for their combination of unique style and lightening quick responsiveness. Of particular note was their 240 horsepower, in-line six cylinder engine, courtesy of BMW M. Starting in 2001, that engine gave way to an all-new 3.2 liter in-line six with to an even more thrilling 315. There's also a significant increase in torque, from 236 lb-ft. to a new peak of 251 lb.ft. The European M cars have the 321 hp double VANOS engine.

BMW Z3 3.0i (from 2002) : BMW-Z3-Back

The exciting new 2002 BMW Z3 3.0i Roadster sport coupe is an original design and performs like a high-class performance vehicle. It is jammed with numerous comforts and conveniences, and of course comes with the traditional BMW reputation as a symbol of status and trustworthiness.Luxuries are plentiful in the BMW Z3 3.0i Coupe, starting with a fully lined retractable soft top, fine leather seating, a handy keyless entry system,power windows, power door locks, and dual power mirrors.

Air conditioning and a premium anti-theft AM/FM stereo with CD player and ten speakers, cruise control, and leatherette seating continue the list. For ambience and a breathe of fresh air, there is a tilting power sunroof. Further luxurious standards in the BMW Z3 3.0i Coupe include four-way adjustable power seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and door panels, wood trim, and many more items that make a big difference in the overall package.

Heated leather seats, heated outside mirrors, and heated windshield washer jets come in a package for the comfort and convenience of those living in colder climes.BMW builds each of the Z3 3.0i Coupes with ABS brakes, halogen front fog lights, rollover bars, limited slip differential, and traction control. Further safety standards include a driver depowered air bag, passenger depowered air bag, and side impact air bags.

Taking a look under the hood, the BMW Z3 3.0i Roadster boasts a 3.0-litre, variable-timing DOHC, 24-valve six-cylinder engine with an impressive 225 horsepower. Standard transmission is a quick-shifting five-speed manual, with five-speed automatic “Steptronic” transmission is also available.Some of the other specifications listed are front and rear anti-rolls bars, gas-pressurized strut-type front suspension and semi-trailing arm rear suspension, and dynamic stability control. As well, the BMW Z3 3.0i Coupe is equipped with seventeen-inch alloys wheels with performance SBR tires.

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BMW Z3 - 2.8 - COUPE Specifications
 Engine type  2.8 DOHC 24-valve inline-6
 Bore / stroke : 3.31 in. x 3.31 in.  Compression ratio : 10.2:1
 Horsepower  193 bhp @ 5500 rpm
 Torque  206 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
 Wheels  7 J x 16 cast alloy
 Tires  Michelin Pilot HX radials, 225/50ZR-16
 Top speed  128 mph ( electronically limited )
 Acceleration, 0-60 mph, manual / auto  6.3 seconds / 6.7 seconds

BMW Z3 - 3.2 -  M COUPE Specifications

Engine type : S50 , S52 or S54   3.2 DOHC 24-valve inline-6
S50 Compression  11.3 :1 Horsepower S50   321 HP
S52 Compression 10.5 :1 Horsepower S52   250 HP (DIN) @ 6000 rpm
S54 Compression  11.5 :1 Horsepower S54  325 HP / USA 320HP
S50 Bore / stroke 86.4 mm / 91.0 mm Displacement   3201cc
S52 Bore / stroke 86.4 mm / 89.6 mm Displacement   3152cc
S54 Bore / stroke 87.0 mm / 91.0 mm Displacement   3246cc
S50  258 lb/ft of torque at 3,250 rpm
S52  236 lb/ft of @ 3800 rpm
S54  261 lb/ft of torque @ 4900 rpm
 Wheels, front : 7.5 J x 17 cast alloy  Wheels, rear : 9 J x 17 cast alloy
 Tires, front  Michelin Pilot HX radials, 225/45ZR-17
 Tires, rear  Michelin Pilot HX radials, 245/40ZR-17
 Top speed  240 > 250 Km/h ( electronically limited )
 Acceleration, 0-60 mph  5.1 seconds

BMW Z3 - 3.0 - COUPE Specifications

 Engine type M54  3.0 DOHC 24-valve inline-6
 Horsepower  225 bhp @ 5900 rpm
 Torque  214 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
 Tires, front  225/50R16Z  Tires, rear  225/50R16Z
 Top speed  128 mph (limited)
 Acceleration, 0-60 mph : 5.9 sec  Acceleration 0-100 mph: 17.1 sec
September 2008 : 
Z3 Coupe being found by Brian in a heated and carpeted garage , a remarkable Coming Home Story of a Z3 Coupe 
  • Alpine white , 2002 BMW Z3 Coupe - 3.0 (M Package)
  • 1 of 691 cars made that year with only 3,542 miles on it when I got it in September 2008
  • The neat thing about this car is that I work for BMW Manufacturing Corp. in SC ( Where we made the Z3 Roadster & Coupe 1999-2002 ). I helped build this car back in 2002, and now I have brought it back to its "Birth Place" here in Spartanburg, SC.
  • It was a one owner car who told me he only drove it on Sundays. He said it was kept in his heated & carpeted garage. He also went on to tell me that the car had never been rained on or ever touched snow while in Kentucky.
  • Some of the upgrades include : Chrome gills, chrome tailpipe, chrome dial/panel rings, and chrome pedals/footrest.
  • The car looks like it was just drove off the production line - The interior and exterior are MINT condition.
  • The previous owner kept every piece of information he ever received on the car. He even had the original "pick" ticket where he ordered the car laminated along with the window sticker that came in the car which showed the original sticker price, options, etc.
  • He had every manual, and every service record where he had it serviced at his BMW dealership in Lexington the past 6 years. He gave me all this information for me to keep.
  • This was an unbelievable find. It is just like the wish of finding the perfect car that someone just drove to the store and church on Sundays! (That is literally true in this case)

Brian Winebrenner 
Logistics Systems Specialist 
BMW Manufacturing Co Spartanburg, SC