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4 May 2001

Z3 is powered by a 2.0-litre, twin camshaft, 24-valve, in-line six-cylinder engine

Double VANOS variable camshaft control optimises timing for best performance and economy

The engine develops 110kW at 5900rpm and 190Nm of torque at 3500rpm

Side airbags, along with dual front airbags, are standard equipment

Interior ambience is improved with fully lined roof

A five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission is available

The rear-drive Z3 is made at BMW's factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Restyled Z3 rear end has rounded guards to give a more balanced look

Rear end of latest Z3 model is easily identifiable by new tail- lights

Wider rear track is the same as that of the 2.8-litre Z3

Power operated folding roof features a large plastic rear window

The rear window can be zipped out for easy replacement

Roll bars are fitted as standard

Z3 shares many components and its chassis with the three-door Compact

Z3 has MacPherson strut front suspension and a semi-trailing arm rear end with limited slip differential

Traction control system is standard on 2.0-litre Z3

Eight-spoke 7Jx16 alloy wheels are standard

To reduce body shake, two elastically connected anti-vibration weights are mounted on both sides of the rear bumper

Four-wheel disc brakes complete with an ABS anti-lock system are standard

The bumpers can withstand 4km/h impacts without damage

Interior features matt chrome finish on redesigned centre console, handbrake and gearshift

The Z3's instrument panel is made in Melbourne by VDO

The seats have power fore and aft adjustment while the backrest is moved manually

A "wind blocker" can be fitted between the headrests to stop over the shoulder drafts

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