BMW M Roadster

If you are looking for performance, the BMW M Roadster is the vehicle of choice. It is the BMW M performance model of the BMW Z3 and BMW Z4 convertibles. It was produced between 1998 and 2002 and production began again beginning in 2006. The concept of this car was based on the BMW Z3. European M Roadsters that were built between 1998 until 2001 had the same engine that powered the 1995 to 1998 M3 Evo. North American M roadsters built from 1998 until 2000 had the 3.2L S52 engine, which provided 240 hp and 320 Nm (236 ft•lbf). In 2001, as if this car was in need of anymore power, BMW revised the M Roadster with the 3.2L S54 engine. BMW equipped this car with the best parts available given that this was the highest specific output naturally aspirated production engine ever made by BMW. In the M Roadster form, the engine produced 325 bhp (320 hp) and 353 Nm (261 ft•lbf) of torque. For reasons unknown, BMW only produced the S54-based M Roadster for two years and discontinued it after the 2002 model year. This is too bad given that the BMW M Roadster, based on the 3.2L S52 engine, did zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.1 seconds. An M version of the Z4 was introduced by BMW in late 2006 and was also called the M Roadster. Some changes had been made including a hydraulic steering setup, which provides better feel than the electric system in standard Z4 models. The extremely light weight of this car has allowed it to achieve some impressive acceleration times. Weighing a mere 3197lbs (1450kg), the M Roadster has been tested by major U.S. car magazines to accelerate from Zero-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. This is slightly quicker than its tough main rivals, the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG and Porsche Boxster S. BMW has voluntarily and electronically limited the top speed to 155 mph.