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The BMW Z8 is a two-seater luxury sports car manufactured by the German marque BMW. It was produced between 1998 and 2006.

The Z8’s intended purpose was to pay homage to the 1956 BMW 507 model. The German brand ran many tests and designs until 1997, when the concept version of this vehicle, called Z07, was presented at the Tokyo Motor Show.

This sports car had an all-aluminum body and chassis and was sold for a rather high price, about $128,000. It was equipped with a powerful 4.9-liter V8 engine called the S62, manufactured by BMW Motorsport and shared with the E39 M5 sports sedan. The engine was located behind the front axle to provide a 50/50 weight distribution. The Z8 recorded a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.7 seconds.

Car and Driver magazine deemed the Z8 outperformed the Ferrari 360 Modena in three categories: acceleration, handling and braking. Top speed was electronically limited to 250 km/h, but could reach about 290 km/h if the safety mechanism was disabled.

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BMW Z8. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all BMW Z8 models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all BMW Z8.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

BMW Z8 I – First Generation (E52) (1999)

Roadster (Convertible, Cabriolet)

Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the BMW Z8.

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

  • S62B50 (508S1) 4.9 400 CV (2000 – 2003)

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