BMW Reveals Mysterious V12 Powered Z3
Posted on , by Nick Preston
The BMW Z3 roadster isn’t exactly regarded as a performance vehicle, with the first model being equipped with just a 1.9-litre four-cylinder engine that produced a modest 138bhp.
In its second year of production, a more powerful 2.8-litre in-line six engine debuted, but this still only offered a pathetic 189bhp.
Later M versions of the car delivered around 240bhp, but photos released by the BMW M Facebook Page show that the Munich automaker may have once considered a V12 variant for this two-seater roadster.
Three images posted on Facebook show a BMW M Z3, powered by what looks like a 5.4-litre M73 V12, used in the E38 7-Series and the E31 8-Series.
This would push the roadster’s output figures to a more impressive 326bhp with 361 lb-ft of torque.
However, the aluminium block construction weighs a fair bit, which would be distributed over the front wheels which is a disaster in a short-wheelbase rear-drive vehicle.
BMW hasn’t provided any details on this mysterious car, but we suspect it was built to simply display the usability of a V12 engine in the Z3 model.
If production was ever considered (and that’s a BIG if), we’re positive that handling issues would kill the project entirely, would still be fun to drive mind!