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Posted by anthony [99 z3 coupe 2.8] on April 01, 1999 at 00:16:59:

In Reply to: Yes, after the Z1... posted by RMV on March 31, 1999 at 16:24:11:

I've heard something similiar in terms of the meaning of Z. Someone once said "BMW Technic". I dunno though.


: ...and, before Z3 ;-)

: I thought that "Z" was BMW-speak for protoypes developed for purposes of: testing advanced engineering concepts; experiment w/ new production technology and materials; promote creativity; etc.

: From the Z1, BMW gathered expertise re: unique drop-down doors, exterior materials, the "Z" rear axle, and, I think, some new-to-them production technique.

: Recall, that the Z1 was originally an engineering exploration. Huge, unexpected demand prompted its production. By that time, the Z2 development was under way.

: If I remember correctly, in appearance, the Z2 was to the Z1 kinda what the Z3 coupe is to Z3 roadster. Maybe...

: : Was there ever anything called the Z2? A prototype, a drawing, an idea, anything? If not, why did they skip over it...didn't sound as good as Z3?

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