I am looking at getting a Z3. I see that in 1999 there were quite a few changes. It appears the base model 2.3 and enthusiast model 2.8 have less of a gap in features and upgrades as they did before. I test drove a Z3 before and appreciated the roominess
and class that an MR2, Miata, and S2000 couldn't provide. I felt safer too. Its been tricky following the history of the changes with the Z3 but I have narrowed it down to a 1999+ Z3, 5 Speed - Manual.
Here are my questions:
- Does the 2.3 have the same suspension upgrades as the 2.8? If not, what are they?
- Are there any other significant differences in the chassis?
- Is there any advantages to the base model? Like weight difference allowing better handling?
- Please verify the quote below to be accurate.
"Another bonus of the new 2.3 model is that it incorporates the same chassis upgrades as the 2.8. These include beefier, more rigid semi-trailing arms and a 2.5-in. wider rear track; differently calibrated spring rates and re-sized anti-roll bars front and rear; and enlarged, strengthened wheel carriers and bearings. A specially engineered limited-slip differential enhances dry-road handling. And the front disc brakes are ventilated, versus the solid discs of the previous 1.9 model."