The BMW Z1 is a high performance roadster manufactured in between the years 1989-1991.

The BMW Z1 was first displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the year 1987 and the sales began in the year 1989. A total of 8,000 BMW Z1’s have been manufactured in between the years 1989-1991, where 6,443 units have been sold in Germany and the rest of them were sold in North America and Italy.

BMW Z1 480
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The body of the BMW Z1 features removable panels, undertray, zinc welded seams and dropped doors. The door goes down instead of opening upwards or outwards.

The BMW Z1 features six cylinder-incline engines with a capacity of 2494 cc. The bore measures 84 mm and the stroke measures 75 mm. The engine delivers an output power of 168 bhp at 5800 rpm and 161 lb-ft torque at 4300 rpm. The BMW Z1 reaches the speed of 60 mph in 9.0 seconds and the top speed is about 137 mph. The BMW Z1 features five speed manual transmission and the gear shifts can be performed easily at higher speeds.

The front suspensions feature the McPherson axle, stabilizing bar and coil springs. The rear suspensions feature the upper wishbones, stabilizing bar and coil springs. The BMW Z1 features 15-inch wheels with disc brakes and anti braking system for better handling.

The exteriors feature the stylish body structure, specially designed doors and headlights. The interiors feature the motorcycle gauges, air conditioning system and hand made seats.


Vehicle Type: 2-door roadster
Configuration: Front Engine/RWD
Engine: 6-cylinder-incline
Capacity: 2494 cc
Torque: 161 lb-ft at 4300 rpm
Horsepower: 168 bhp at 5800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Wheelbase: 96.5 inches
Length: 154.5 inches
Width: 66.5 inches
Height: 50.3 inches
Weight: 3218 lbs
0-60 mph: 9.0 sec
Top speed: 137 mph

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