BMW Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of the Z1 Roadster


Not many people remember that before BMW Z4 and Z3 there was a Z1 back in the late 80s and early 90s. The Z1 was originally conceived in 1986 as a concept with no plans for production, but due to a strong demand and the fact that “it was just too good”, it was approved for production a year later.

Production Z1 featured many groundbreaking innovations like a monocoque chassis, electronically-retracting doors and a plastic body that could be changed in an hour with no tools needed except a screwdriver.

The Z1 was powered by a 2.5 litre six-cylinder engine with 170hp and mated to a five-speed manual transmission. 0-62mph came in less than eight seconds and the top speed was 140mph.

Priced from 83,000 DM, 8,000 Z1s were produced between 1989 and 1991.

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