The 2001-2003 Z8 is one of the more graceful designs to slip from the BMW design studios in recent memory. With the droptop's classic roadster lines and plenty of performance on tap, the Z8 may not have sold like gangbusters when it was in production, but its slow-burn appeal has ensured that it has plenty of fans and impressive resale value. Despite a very limited production run of just 5,703 units, Senner Tuning has belatedly turned its attention toward modifying this convertible, which is quickly becoming a classic.

The company's engineers got started with a new sports air filter and easy breathing exhaust, including low-restriction catalytic converters. Throw in a mild ECU reflash and the vehicle is good for 450 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. Senner Tuning says those figures should be good enough to get the Zed to around 186 mph.

Thankfully, the folks at Senner haven't messed with the Z8's aesthetics too much. A set of slick 19x9-inch Work Schwert SC1 wheels ride up front while 19x10-inch rollers out back take care of putting power to the pavement. Senner also spent some time with the vehicle's suspension. A new coilover suspension with adjustable rebound, new strut bar and reinforced shock mount are all part of the package. If you like the sound of this recipe, Senner Tuning will rework your Z8 for the princely sum of just under $25,000 at current conversion rates. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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ONE OF THE 5,703 BMWs Z8 by Senner Tuning AG

The Z8 model manufactured by BMW between March 2000 and July 2003 is included in the number above. It also includes 555 Alpina version cars (450 of them were equipped with an automatic gearbox and were shipped to the USA). They feature a wider radiator grill and side air intakes which were created by Henrik Fisker – based on the 1955 BMW 507 – and have almost become a rarity, certainly better known to experts as the E52 internal type. Even the standard roadster featuring a 5.0 liter V8 engine from M5 (E39S) provides impressive 294 kW (= 400 hp) and max. torque of 500 Nm.

To overhaul this sports car (this time the car is available for order only in full optional) as delicately as possible and make its overall appearance elegantly understated, Benno Senner of SENNER Tuning AG, Ingelheim, with his crew implemented the best existing concepts. At the very start the engine was supplied with a sports air filter set. Then parameter adjustment followed, including the exhaust system balancing featuring a welded exhaust manifold with a stainless steel silencer and flame tubes designed with metal catalysts. This adds the total of 37 kW (50 hp) and 535 Nm torque. This dramatic increase enables to raise the maximal possible speed to over 300 km/h.

When picking the perfect wheel-tire combination, SENNER Tuning AG chose Work Schwert SC1 wheels in Diamond Black varnish with an anodized 9x19 and 10x19 inch chrome outer rims, and Continental Sport Contact 5P 255/40R19 and 285/35R19 tires. To compensate for the fact that RunFlat tires were mounted on non-emergency run-flat wheels, the tool kit was complemented with a tire-repair set and a compressor. A glance through the wheel provides a view of Racing Gold varnished brake calipers. And a few words on the chassis technology: In addition to the coilover suspension Variant 2 Inox-Line with an adjustable rebound, a strut bar was installed on the reinforced shock mount in the front in order to stabilize the front end.

This Ingelheim-performed conversion of the Z8 into an elegant black-colored piece of art costs € 18,900.00, but taking into account the total number of vehicles manufactured it should be seen rather as an additional increase in value.


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      Kyle Potter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still kills me that they sawed one in half for that James Bond movie......("The World is Not Enough"???)
      jolz24
      • 2 Years Ago
      one of my all time favourite, one day when i have enough money we will be together my love......
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone seems to love these, but I honestly find them kinda "meh" to look at. Yes, even in person. Definitely not one of Henrik Fisker's best works, IMO.
      Nic Pierce
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely one of the most gorgeous cars BMW has ever produced. Want!
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nic Pierce
        Surely you jest, the X6 is definitely the most gorgeous "car" BMW has produced. By the way I post this with a side of sarc.
      Kris
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of my all time favorite cars. It made me stare at the walls of my room for hours. I wasn't crazy, I had three posters of the car on different walls. That and Ferrari F-50.
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          Robin
          • 2 Years Ago
          I'm not sure why you were down voted -- you don't deserve it. That said, I disagree with you on the history of the 507: it was never in the same league as the 300SL. The SL was THE supercar of its day, and had about 70 HP more than the 507, while weighing 80 kg (almost 200 lbs) less. The 507 was a limited-run GT car designed and built to raise the profile of an automaker that had been reduced to producing Isettas to survive. It was absolutely gorgeous and I'm told a great car, but as a GT, not a sportscar. In that sense, the Z8 and the SLS are very similar to the 507 and the 300 SL. One is a beautiful GT built in small numbers, the other is a spectacular sports/luxury car. The difference these days is: BMW doesn't really need to raise its profile. Pity, because I would have loved to have seen the i8.
        stevenh
        • 2 Years Ago
        You can also ask the question of where is BMW's answer to the Audi R8? I think that the R8 has more wow factor to the SLS
      88
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow that is a nice Mazda miata
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definitely one of the best looking cars to come out of BMW.
      Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they truly are "becoming a classic" I would think the last thing you would want to do if you owned one is tune it and futz with the resale value.
      ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow, one of the few body kits that actually makes the car look better!
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      still LOVE this car. Nice work, Henrik Fisker!
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