In Reply to: 1.9 vs 2.8 posted by Phillip on February 09, 2000 at 12:24:32:
Like everyone else suggested you should drive each and see what is the right combo for you.
The 1.9l is the lightest of the Z3s so it offers you the best handling and braking and because of the engine the least power. Even so if you drive the car (keeping the engine in its power band) it does pretty well in a straight line and is deadly in the corners. If you want to add more power to the 1.9l later on there are several options available ranging from mild to wild. If you are looking for a stop light grand prix champion all the Z3s are the wrong car but this one is really wrong. If you are looking for a honest traditional sports car this is the one. I've had my '96 since new and am keeping it forever.
The 2.8l weighs a bit more then the 1.9l so you take a little hit in handling response and braking. In return you get more power and a much broader power band. As such you do not need to work at it to keep the engine in its power range, this translates into much less effort for greater speed. That fits the traditional definition of a GT car almost perfectly.
Which one is right for you only you can decide. It depends upon your personality and what you are looking for from the car.
If you go with the 1.9l sack away a few hundred dollars to give it a proper voice (exhaust upgrade) and prepare to make a trip to Home Depot/Pep Boys for some parts. ;)