1998 BMW Z3M Euro Spec 3.2L 321HP

6 Cylinders 3.2L 321HP

Based on BMW's second-generation E36/7 Z3 Roadster – built in Greer, South Carolina – the Z3 M Roadster was introduced in 1998, and was powered by the S50, 3.2-litre, straight-six engine from the E36 M3, producing 316hp at 7,400rpm and 258lb ft of torque from 3,250rpm.

Packing a five-speed manual transmission, the Z3 M Roadster also adopted the E36 M3's brake and suspension upgrades, and could reach 62mph from standstill in just 4.9 seconds.

1998 BMW Z3 M Brochure advertising print paper

The car's top speed was 155mph and it was also fitted with a limited-slip diff'. The Z3 M used the broader, six-cylinder Z3 Roadster body, with widened arches accommodating a wider track and fatter tyres. To differentiate it further from the rest of the range, it was fitted with more aggressive front and rear bumper assemblies and some unique side gill vents. It was also the first car to feature quad exhaust tailpipes – that have since become a signature feature on M cars.

Changes to the interior included an M-specific instrument cluster, three additional gauges, M steering wheel and gear knob, specially trimmed sports seats, a leather-trimmed centre console and M doorsill plates.

I loved this car! So fun to drive and agile

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