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Re: What about on the Z3 Coupe? Don't leave US out (archive)

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Posted by kwillmorth on April 22, 2000 at 15:21:36:

In Reply to: What about on the Z3 Coupe? Don't leave US out! posted by Mike Zamarocy on April 22, 2000 at 12:19:43:

Looks like the 3.0 produces in the range of 227hp with 210 ft/lbs of torque. 0-62 times should be in the 6.0 seconds flat neighborhood. Styling and option changes aren't pre-announced on the same order as other releases, so those details I haven't a clue on.

Interesting to note: BMW appears to be trying to homogenize engines in all markets. Makes sense, right now they have a 2.0 (now in the UK and Australia), 2.3, 2.8, the 3.0 discussed here, the US 3.2M, and the Euro 3.2M motor. My guess (I'm usually wrong, so this is just for grins), is they are eventually going to get down to the 2.0L and 3.0L I6's as the base engines, with the one M3 6, plus the 4.0L V8, and 5.7L M V8, and the 5.0L V12. That would line the cars up as 320i/Z3 2.0, 330i/Z3 3.0, M3/MZ3, 530i, 540i, M5, 740i, 750i, X5 3.0, X5 4.0, and X5 5.0 (they have an experimental V12 X5 called the "Dakar" already working.... pretty clean layout and increases differentiation between the different engines (something the 2.3/2.8 really isn't doing well). Anyway, we'll see. Strange and wonderous company that BMW, yes?

: Come on Kwill, what else was there concerning the Z3C, not just the //M? Any specs on the HP/TQ of the 3.0L engine? Any styling changes or wheel options? Any newer or added wings?

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