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BMW Roadster gets 3.0-litre power

Price is right: Z3 gets new engine, new tail-lamps, same price.

BMW freshens its drop-top roadster range but holds down the price

BMW logo30 Aug 2000

TWO hundred cubic centimetres might not sound like much, especially when it's an increase of only about seven per cent - but in BMW's case 200cc also represents an increase of 23kW - up from 147 to 170kW - or about 15.6 per cent.

These are the bare numbers reflected by BMW fitting the new 3.0-litre, straight six engine into its Z3 roadster.

The same motors will be fitted to the 330i range of 3 Series sedans, coupes and convertibles due for launch in mid-September.

The new Z3 3.0 replaces the existing Z3 2.8 but gets out of the showroom for the same price - $87,360 for the five-speed manual and $89,960 for the five-speed Steptronic auto.

In addition, the new Z3 gets 17-inch alloys, front and side airbags for both occupants, electrically movable and heated leather seats, air-conditioning, traction control, cruise control and a CD.

The Z3 range now consists of a 2.0-litre, the new 3.0-litre and the mighty M-Roadster, which uses the M3's fearsome 3.2-litre 236 kW engine.

A total of 2121 Z3s have been sold in Australia, making it the most popular European roadster on our roads.

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