|Chicago Auto Show
High resolution Panoramas
by Tom Callahan and Rick Smith
BMW's Z8 roadster is a 1950's classically influenced, modern design which sources advise that it was patterned off the highly acclaimed Z07 concept car . Our first impression is that it is a Z3 on steroids - and then some. The car is being heavily promoted with the new James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough" (playing in the background). Power for this light weight performer is derived from the potent and proven 400 HP V-8 M5 engine and achieves 60 mph in under five seconds, with terminal velocity around 160 mph.
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Dated: February 14, 2000