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BMW Z3 M Roadster E36/7 Convertible (1997-2002)

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Product Overview

BMW Z3 M Roadster E36/7 is a subcompact convertible sports car in production from 1997 to 2003. It was available with a range of inline-6 engines that displaced 3.2 liters paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Based on the E36/7 Z3, the M Roadster initially used the S50 engine that powered the E36 M3. From 2001, BMW upgraded the engine to the S54 that powered the E46 M3.
With a rather austere cabin, the M Roadster harkens to the lightweight roadsters such as those by Morgan. However, the car is deceivingly heavy, weighing at over 1.4 tons or 3000 lbs.
Drivers who appreciate handling should keep in mind that the BMW Z3 M uses MacPherson front suspension, which doesn't provide the best cornering performance.

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What we found**

Neoscore: 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good engines
  • Simple to work on
  • No BS driving experience
Cons
  • Stuck with MacPherson struts in the front
  • Very little cargo space
  • Heavier than the MX-5 and handles worse (but much more expensive)

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Specifications

Variants:
S50
S54

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
165 L / 5.8 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
10.8 L / 11.4 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
5.5 L / 5.8 qt
Fuel Capacity
51.0 L / 13.5 gal
Passengers
2
S50Payload
240 kg / 529 lbs
S54Payload
190 kg / 419 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Power Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Suspension | Front
MacPherson strut
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
S50Tire Size
245/40 R17
S54Tire Size
245/45 R17

Construction

Body Style
2-door Convertible

Dimensions

S50Size | Height
1266 mm / 49.8 in
S54Size | Height
1268 mm / 49.9 in
Size | Length
4025 mm / 158.5 in
Size | Width
1740 mm / 68.5 in
Track Width | Front
1422.0 mm / 56.0 in
Track Width | Rear
1492.0 mm / 58.7 in
S50Weight
1360.0 kg / 2998.3 lbs
S54Weight
1450.0 kg / 3196.7 lbs
Wheel Size
17 in
S50Wheelbase
2458 mm / 96.8 in
S54Wheelbase
2459 mm / 96.8 in

Performance

S50Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
5.0 sec
S54Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
5.3 sec
S50Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
4.8 sec
S54Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
5.0 sec
Fuel Economy
16.6 L/100km / 14.2 MPG (urban) | 7.9 L/100km / 29.8 MPG (highway)
Top Speed
250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (longitudinal), Rear-wheel drive
S50Engine
S50B32
S54Engine
S54B32
S50Engine | Bore
86.4 mm / 3.4 in
S54Engine | Bore
87.0 mm / 3.4 in
S50Engine | Compression Ratio
11.3:1
S54Engine | Compression Ratio
11.5:1
S50Engine | Displacement
3.2 L / 195.3 cu-in / 3201.0 cc
S54Engine | Displacement
3.2 L / 198.1 cu-in / 3246.0 cc
S50Engine | Power
321.0 hp / 239.4 kW @ 7400 rpm
S54Engine | Power
325.0 hp / 242.4 kW @ 7400 rpm
S50Engine | Specific Output
100.3 hp/L / 1.6 hp/cu-in
S54Engine | Specific Output
100.1 hp/L / 1.6 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
91.0 mm / 3.6 in
S50Engine | Torque
350 Nm / 258.1 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm
S54Engine | Torque
350 Nm / 258.1 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm
Engine | Type
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
5-speed
Transmission | Type
Manual

Production

S50Availability
1997 ~ 2001
S54Availability
2001 ~ 2002

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