They are actually hand built, but the body parts and the some other components are/were built on a line. And they are put together by hand.aldo said:Alex, That's very interesting, buy somewhat perplexing. I thought that the Z-8's were "hand built" rather than built on a production line. I think there was a story to that effect in the latest issue of BMW magazine that I received.
Are they built at Garching, or at a "normal" BMW plant?Alex Baumann said:
They are actually hand built, but the body parts and the some other components are/were built on a line. And they are put together by hand.
Could it be that the present 5 series is the basis for the Z8 and with the introduction of the new 5 series coming..the Z8 doesn't make financial sense to continue as it exists today?Alex Baumann said:It's maybe not an interesting info for most of us but wanted to share.
According to an information I recently got, BMW is planning to stop the production of the Z8 Roadster in 2003
The production line is needed for the coming 5-Series.
It isn't based on the 5 series. The Z8 chassis is unique.JBsC5 said:
Could it be that the present 5 series is the basis for the Z8 and with the introduction of the new 5 series coming..the Z8 doesn't make financial sense to continue as it exists today?
The E28 (5er) and the E24 (6er) in the 80s shared a chassis. I believe the 8 series (E31) was similar to the E34 (5er).JBsC5 said:Oh..I didn't know that..I thought the Z8 and 5 series shared a portion of their componentry..(sp)
That's the rumor...an engine very similar to the F1 V10 (the M5 is supposed to get a V10 that revs to 9 or 10k rpms. Don't bet on a sequential tranny puching the envelope, the SMG in the E46 is great, but doesn't make the car perform better.hear the new M5 will sport as much as 500 hp and contain sequential shifting technology that far exceeds the performance envelop of what the standard transmission presently offers
BMW is working on a succesor to the E24 as the E31 was murdered by the press for losing the sportiness of the E24. It is supposed to share the chassis with the E60, but I have also heard that the V10 might not fit (V10 for an M6).I do hope they continue the line of superior two seat sports cars such as the Z8!
E28= 5 series mid to late 80sJBsC5 said:Wow..thanks for the great information..on model designations..I don't know if I understand which stands for what since I'm not quite as involved with BMW as I should be.
I know a guy that has one (in an E46 M3) and loves it when it works, but he is having serious issues with it. My fear is it is like Steptronic in that you use it until the newness wears off. I don't think that will be 100% the case, but still a fear of mine nonetheless.As far as the sequential shifters..the guys I spoke to at a local autocross raved about them.
They use it because it is one less thing to worry about. This year they are saying many drivers are not selecting the gears, the shifts are preprogrammed.JBsC5 said:I do think that if the formula one racing drivers use a similiar concept..its because it works..