BMW Z8

From 2000 until 2003, German automaker BMW produced to the fancy of drivers the Z8. This model was the product of the 1997 Z07 concept car, which was expertly designed by Henrik Fisker at BMW's Designworks in Southern California. Oddly enough, the Z07 was originally designed as a styling exercise intended to evoke and celebrate the 1956-'59 BMW 507. At the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show, the Z07 caused quite an impression and the overwhelming popularity of the concept prompted BMW to produce a limited production model called the Z8. Only 5,703 Z8s were ever built, of which approximately half were exported to the United States. If you were looking to get your hands on this model, you had better have been willing to shell out some serious cash. The Z8 would easily run you a whopping $128,000. Nevertheless, it had an all aluminum chassis and body and used a 4.9 L (4941 cc) 32 valve V8. This propelled the vehicle with 400 hp (294 kW) and 500 Nm (363 lb-ft.). The engine was expertly built by the BMW Motorsport subsidiary and it was in fact shared with the E39 M5. Even the placement of the engine is unique ' it sits behind the front axle in order to provide the car with equal 50/50 weight distribution. In testing at the factory, the Z8 accelerated from zero to sixty mph in 4.7 seconds. Motor Trend magazine however achieved 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. BMW must have been pleased to learn that when Car and Driver magazine tested the Z8 it outperformed the benchmark Ferrari 360 Modena in the main three performance categories of acceleration, handling and braking. Like other BMW models, the Z8 reaches a top speed on 150mph, which is controlled by an internal computer that prohibits the auto from exceeding such a speed.