Thankfully the 1.8 wasn’t the only engine BMW fitted to the Z3; in fact, by the latter part of the decade there were a whole range of four and six-cylinder options to choose from. The bar was set in 1997 when the range-topping Z3M was introduced to the line-up, which initially featured a 3.2 litre straight-six capable of producing 321bhp, and was able to reach 60mph in under 5.5 seconds. To aid performance and differentiate itself from the rest of the line-up, the Z3M also boasted limited slip-differential, larger brakes, several aerodynamic upgrades, aesthetic changes, quad exhausts and new 17-inch wheels.
By this point, a 2.8 litre straight-six had also been introduced, and was quickly becoming a popular choice for those who wanted a little more power than the earlier four-cylinder options. A healthy 193bhp and a 0-60 time of under seven seconds meant it could outperform many of its Japanese and European rivals, and things were going well for BMW’s flagship roadster.
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