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BMW Z3 2000

The BMW Z3 was BMW's first mass produced mass market roadster, and was the first new BMW model to be manufactured in the United States. E36/7 refers to the roadster variant of the Z3 which was introduced in 1995, and E36/8 refers to the coupe variant which was released in 1999. The

Z stands for Zukunft, which is German for future. The BMW Z3 was introduced via video press release by BMW North America on June 12, 1995 and made a short appearance in the James Bond film GoldenEye on November 17, 1995. Karen Sortito was responsible for the campaign, and sales of the Z3 spiked as the film sat at number one at the Box Office. In the 1996 production run, more than 15,000 roadsters were sold out by the time the car was introduced.[2] A facelift for the car was introduced in 2000, and the Z3 ended production in 2002 when it was replaced by the Z4.


007 Bond Edition

A blue Z3 roadster prototype was provided for filming of the James Bond movie GoldenEye at the Leavesden Aerodrome in January 1995. More than 15,000 roadsters were pre-sold by the time the car was introduced for the 1996 production run, and the Z3 appeared briefly when Bond was driving in Cuba. The Z3's appearance in the film was controversial however, as it was the first non-British production car to appear in a Bond film, but it was also one of the few Bond cars that was not destroyed. In the movie, the car featured stinger missiles hidden behind the headlights, an emergency parachute braking system and a radar scanner in the form of a LCD screen in the dashboard. It is also noted during the briefing scene, that the car contains a passenger ejector seat and a self-destruct system.

A Bond 007 Z3 was available for purchase in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog for USD$35,000. BMW and Neiman Marcus had originally set a 20 unit sales goal, but was later increased to 100 units after receiving 100 orders. The BMW Z3 007 Edition featured a 007 dash plaque, a Hi-Fi system with a sub-woofer and CD, a telephone, beige leather seats, 007 floor mats, a wind deflector, special wheels and a wooden gear shift, centre console and steering wheel. The exterior colour was called Bond Blue Gray. Buyers also had a choice of a manual or automatic transmission.

Bodywork & Chassis

Class Compact luxury sports car (S)

Body style 2-door roadster 2-door coupé

Layout FR layout

Related BMW 3 Series (E36)


4-Speed GM 4L30-E Automatic

5-Speed GM 5L40-E Manumatic 'Steptronic' shift

5-Speed Manual




September 20, 1995–June 28, 2002[1]


Greer, South Carolina, USA (BMW US Mfg. Comp.)


Joji Nagashima (1992)

Dimensions & Weight

Wheelbase: 96.8 in. (2,459 mm)

Length: 158.5 in. (4,026 mm)

Width: 66.6 in. (1,692 mm) (1996-1998)

68.5 in. (1,740 mm) (1999-2002)

Height: 49.8 in. (1,265 mm) (Roadster)

50.4 in. (1,280 mm) (Coupe)

Curb Weight: 2,557–2,976 lb (1,160–1,350 kg)

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