It's an odd one, the Z1. With just 8,000 examples built and only around 1,500 of those sold outside Germany, it's comparatively rare. It was also forward-thinking, futuristic - the 'Z' literally standing for 'zukunft' or 'future' - and quirky, marking the first model in a lineage which has since spawned the Z3, Z4 and Z8. Finally, it's an iconic BMW, an iconic two-seat BMW sports car to be precise, which by any measure should make it a very valuable thing in today's market. Take, for example, the Z8. A car that was hardly the final word in dynamic ability or sporting prowess - despite its E39 M5 powertrain - and yet which now sells for around £200,000. To see today's Spotted, an apparently mint condition Z1 with just 16,000 miles on the clock, up for 'just' £45,000 seems rather good value. But no. Back when we last featured a Z1, almost seven years ago, the asking price was nearly half that sum, at £25,000. Still, several commenters stated that they'd rather spend … [Read more...] about BMW Z1: Spotted
BMW has a new Z4 roadster out soon, and there’s one thing it definitely does not have: possibly the coolest doors ever put into production, which were on the BMW Z1. Those doors dropped down and disappeared into the car’s body. More impressively (for an old BMW particularly) they also went back up. Here’s how they worked. Let’s take a quick look first at the doors in question, which I pulled from a CGI promo that BMW made for the Z1 when it was new in 1988. Prepare for a wave of nostalgia: I should really post the whole video at some point, because it’s amazing. BMW’s first modern roadster ran from 1988 to 1991, and sadly it was never imported to the U.S. Powered by a 2.5-liter straight six, it managed to be several pounds heavier than the vastly more successful Z3 roadster that followed it a few years later. It wasn’t great to drive, by many accounts, but it has cult status today for those doors. Now, I say possibly these doors were possibly … [Read more...] about Here’s How The BMW Z1’s Awesome Sliding Doors Worked
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. I was 18 in 1989. It was my most formative year on many levels. What I liked then has resonated stronger and longer than any other year. That is the case for music, but even more so for cars. (This is the first reader-generated story from our Inverse Pitching feature. If you have one, shoot them straight to ballaban [at] jalopnik [dot] com. Glorious Jalopnik needs you!) It was, in my view, a great car year. It included gems such as the Ferrari 348 (in my eyes one of the last true beauties from Maranello before it all went too tacky), the Mazda MX-5/Miata, the R129 Mercedes SL, the Acura NSX, the Alfa Romeo SZ, the Porsche Carrera 4 and the BMW Z1. Like I said, formative. Fast forward roughly 20 years, and I was still thinking about the Z1. I had been madly in love with that car from the day it was launched. By then, it was time to get up close to my youth hero. I saw some potential candidates, and then some more. … [Read more...] about The BMW Z1 Is A Beautiful Work Of Art That’s Underwhelming To Drive
Aside from the upcoming BMW 8 Series, the next-gen BMW Z4 is likely the second most exciting car to come from BMW. Not only is it the long-awaited replacement for the handsome-but-aging current-gen Z4, it’s the first BMW to come from the collaboration between the Bavarian brand and Toyota. It also shares its chassis and engine with the upcoming Toyota Supra. Plus, it shares much of its styling with the breathtaking Z4 Concept. So we’re all very excited about it. The model we’re most excited about, though, is the BMW Z4 M40i, the top-end M Performance model of the Z4 lineup. It will come with BMW’s new B58 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six engine which is one of the best engines on the market. The Z4 M40i is expected to make between 355 hp and 385 hp, which is more than enough to be thrilling. All of that power and performance comes with a price tag, though, so the Z4 M40i won’t be cheap. Expect it to cost in the high $40k — low $50k range to start. … [Read more...] about Buy this upcoming BMW Z4 or this classic BMW Z1?
The BMW Z1 is not just the German company’s original Z model, it’s also one of the most unique classic roadsters you can buy at the moment. This lovely example is a 1991 model with only 18,000 miles on the odometer. Finished in Chilli Red, it comes with a Classic BMW Certificate and is described to be in exceptional condition. BMW only made 8,000 Z1s, all of them left-hand drive and powered by a 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine with 168 hp and 164 lb-ft (222 Nm) of torque. In fact the car’s underpinnings came from the E30 3-Series but the design choices of the Bavarian carmaker make the Z1 such a special vehicle. Read: Philippine’s president orders destruction of BMW Z1 among other cars The bodywork features plastic panels while the real party trick of the BMW Z1 is none other than its doors: instead of working like a normal hinged door, these slide up and down to open and close, making it possible to drive with them fully open. The cost for the coolest car … [Read more...] about Get The Coolest Doors On The Market And Bag A BMW Z1 For Free