Taken from the E46 mailing list, edited for content.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- BMW took the wraps off its first two models for the 2000 model year today at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The 3 Series coupes-323Ci and 328Ci and the restyled Z3 models-Z3 roadster 2.3 and Z3 roadster 2.8 were shown for the first time in North America. Along with their unveiling, BMW also announced the base prices for the first BMW models for the 2000 model year. Virtually all represent a significant decrease on a comparably-equipped basis vs. their predecessors. They are:
-- 323Ci $28,990
-- 328Ci $33,990
-- Z3 roadster 2.3 $31,300
-- Z3 roadster 2.8 $36,900
-- M5 $69,400
-- 740i $62,400
-- 740iL $66,400
-- 750iL $92,100
Restyled Z3 Roadsters Get New Contours and More Standard Features
Since its inception in 1996, the Z3 roadsters have become one of the most popular two-seat sports cars in America. For the 2000 model year, the Z3 roadsters will get new features and styling refinements to keep them fresh in
appearance and exhilarating in performance.
Exterior styling changes focus on the rear of the car, where the curve of the rear fenders and wheel arches has been accentuated. Together with the new design of the tail lights, the roadsters take on a more aggressive, sporty
appearance. New designs for the standard 16-inch light alloy wheels on both models and for the optional 17-inch wheels on the Z3 roadster 2.8 distinguish the 2000 models from their predecessors. New colors and combinations are
available with the addition of six new exterior colors and three new interiors.
Interior changes include a redesigned center console, incorporating new and repositioned controls and the addition of an analog clock. A lined soft-top provides a quieter environment in which to enjoy the upgraded standard sound system with larger, more powerful speakers and subwoofer.
Upgraded trim and dashboard materials and a new, sportier 3-spoke steering wheel complete the interior revisions.
The Z3 roadster 2.3 is powered by a 2.5-liter, 170-horsepower inline six-cylinder engine, while the Z3 roadster 2.8 gets even more power in the form of a 2.8-liter, 193-horsepower inline six. Both cars are available with a choice of transmissions-sporty 5-speed manual or optional electronically-controlled 4-speed automatic.
Active safety features (those which help a driver avoid an accident in the first place) and passive safety features (those which help protect occupants if an accident is unavoidable) play a prominent role in the protection
afforded the occupants of the Z3 roadsters. Both occupants benefit from such passive safety features as front airbags with smart technology, door-mounted side airbags and rollover protection bars. Active safety features include
standard antilock braking system (ABS), All Season Traction (AST) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC 111). Dynamic Stability Control helps the vehicle maintain stability during cornering and emergency maneuvers and is a new
feature on model year 2000 Z3 roadsters.
The new Z3 roadsters will go on sale in April.