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BMW Z8

(1999 model)

Brief specs of 1999 BMW Z8

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4941 cm3 / 301.5 cu in / 301.5 cu in, 293.8 kW / 394.0 hp / 394.0 hp @ 6600 rpm / 6600 rpm / 6600 rpm, 500.0 N·m / 368.8 lb·ft / 368.8 lb·ft @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 250 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph top speed, consumption 14.5 l/100km / 19.5 mpg-UK / 16.2 mpg-US

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1999
ModelZ8Issued until
SerieZ8Number made
Model familyE52Body construction
Model codeE52Body designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)5010 l / 176.93 cu ft / 176.93 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4400 mm / 173.2 in / 173.2 inTotal (curb) weight1660 kg / 3660 lb / 3660 lb
Width1830 mm / 72.0 in / 72.0 inDry weight
Height1317 mm / 51.9 in / 51.9 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2505 mm / 98.6 in / 98.6 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1553 mm / 61.1 in / 61.1 inTowing weight
Track rear1568 mm / 61.7 in / 61.7 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity73 l / 16.1 UK gal / 19.3 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.76  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.39Frontal area (A)1.98 m2 / 21.3 sq ft / 21.3 sq ft
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.77 m2 / 8.3 sq ft / 8.3 sq ftAerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)19.1 kW / 25.7 hp / 25.7 hp

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (V8)Total number of valves32
Engine ManufacturerBMWValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore94.0 mm / 3.70 in / 3.70 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke89.0 mm / 3.50 in / 3.50 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.06
Fuel supplyEngine displacement4941 cm3 / 301.5 cu in / 301.5 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity617.63 cm3/cylinder / 37.690 cu in/cylinder / 37.690 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio11.0 : 1
SumpwetMax. output power293.8 kW / 394.0 hp / 394.0 hp at 6600 rpm / 6600 rpm / 6600 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque500.0 N·m / 368.8 lb·ft / 368.8 lb·ft at 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)147.6 kW / 198.0 hp / 198.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output59.5 kW/l / 1.307 bhp/cu in / 1.307 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque101.2 N·m/l / 0.89 lb·ft/cu in / 0.89 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears6
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.83
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.38

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed250 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio237.3 kW/ton / 179.8 bhp/ton / 179.8 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h4.70 s / 4.70 s / 4.70 sFuel consumption, City (urban)21.1 l/100km / 13.4 mpg-UK / 11.1 mpg-US
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)10.20 s / 10.20 s / 10.20 sFuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)10.6 l/100km / 26.6 mpg-UK / 22.2 mpg-US
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)14.5 l/100km / 19.5 mpg-UK / 16.2 mpg-US
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions349 g/km / 562 g/mi / 562 g/mi
  Range503 km / 313 mi / 313 mi

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinion VPASSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock2.8Turning circle11.8 m / 38.7 ft / 38.7 ft
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels front8J x 18Wheels rear9J x 18
Tyres front245/45 R 18 WTyres rear275/40 R 18 W
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes rearventilated disc
Brake diameter front334 mm / 13.1 in / 13.1 inBrake diameter rear328 mm / 12.9 in / 12.9 in
Brakes detailsservo-assisted, ABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW Z8

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