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Here's the latest chapter in the ongoing BMW Z3 story: It's called the M Roadster. And it's real speed reading.

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Base Roadster Convertible

General Pricing

Resale Value $36,200.00 $39,700.00 $41,000.00
Destination $570.00 $595.00 $775.00

Engines & Power

Standard Engine 2.8L I6 2.3L I4 2.5L H6
Horsepower 189 @ 5300 RPM 185 @ 5300 RPM 201 @ 6000 RPM
Torque 203 @ 3950 RPM 200 @ 4800 RPM 181 @ 4500 RPM
Valves 4 4 4
Displacement (cc) 2793 2295 2480
Bore X Stroke (in.) 3.3 X 3.3 3.6 X 3.5 3.4 X 2.8
Compression Ratio 10.2:1 8.8:1 11:1

Fuel Economy

City (mpg) 19 22 19
Highway (mpg) 26 30 27

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight - Automatic (lb.) 2844.0 3035.8 2821.9
Wheelbase (in.) 96.3 94.5 95.2
Length (in.) 158.5 157.3 171.0
Width (in.) 66.6 67.5 70.1
Height (in.) 50.7 50.7 50.8
Track Front (in.) 55.6 58.6 57.7
Track Rear (in.) 58.8 58.5 60.2
Ground Clearance (in.) N/A N/A N/A

Interior Dimensions

Standard Seating 2 2 2
Front Headroom (in.) 37.6 37.4 38.2
Rear Headroom (in.) N/A N/A N/A
Front Legroom (in.) 41.8 42.7 N/A
Rear Legroom (in.) N/A N/A N/A
Front Shoulder Room (in.) 51.7 51.7 51.7
Rear Shoulder Room (in.) N/A N/A N/A
Front Hip Room (in.) N/A 54.7 53.4
Rear Hip Room (in.) N/A N/A N/A

Payload & Towing

Passenger Volumn (cu. ft.) 47.0 43.8 N/A

Steering, Suspension & Brakes

Front Suspension strut wishbone strut
Rear Suspension trailing multi-link multi-link
Tires 225/50R16 205/55R16 205/55R16

Anti-Theft & Locks

Power Door Locks Std. Std. Std.

Braking & Traction

4 Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive rear wheel drive rear wheel drive rear wheel drive
ABS Brakes (2 or 4 Wheel) Std. Std. Std.
Limited Slip Differential or Axle Std. N/A N/A
Vehicle Stability Control System N/A N/A N/A

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation

Radio AM/FM AM/FM AM/FM
Cassette Player Yes Yes Yes
CD Player N/A N/A N/A
CD Changer N/A N/A N/A
DVD Player N/A N/A N/A
Navigation Aid N/A N/A N/A

Interior

Cruise Control Std. Std. N/A
Tilt Steering Yes N/A N/A
Telescopic Steering Column N/A Yes Yes

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Std. Std. Std.

Safety

Driver Airbag Std. Std. Std.
Front Side Airbag Std. Std. Std.
Passenger Side Airbag Std. Std. Std.
Rear Side Airbag N/A N/A N/A

Seats

Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat Yes N/A Yes

Roof

Sunroof / Moonroof N/A N/A N/A

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers

Power Windows Std. Std. Std.

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