Faster to 100 than the legendary BMW M3 E46 and quicker in a sprint than the direct competition from Zuffenhausen – the portents for the BMW Z4 M Coupé E86 were good in the spring of 2006 when the series version was launched at the Geneva Car Show. At the same time, the BMW Z4 3.0si Coupé celebrated its debut. The german Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper judged the Coupé, “a not completely unreasonable car”, which fitted two people “like a tailor-made suit.” (FAZ, 14.09.2006).
The rear overhang is as tightly cut as the rim of a bowler hat, the cockpit short and flat and set far back, as in the iconic sports cars of the 1960s and ’70s. Then there’s the recess in the middle of the roof, the typical BMW “Hofmeister kink” at the transition from C column to chassis, the endlessly long bonnet with deeply embedded kidney grille and fully filled wheel arches with exclusive 18-inch aluminium wheels. In short: A car designed for true petrolheads.