Adding a roof to an already successful Z3 roadster seemed logical, yet the almost estate-like M Coupe didn't win over everyone straight away. The proportions took some getting used to, though this was better in 'M' guise. The roof also added rigidity to the structure, making it some 2.5 times stiffer torsionally than the roadster. The effect was to sharpen up the car's responses dramatically. Understeer was built in, but with so much power it could be corrected quickly with the traction control off. The engine used twin overhead camshafts and BMW's VANOS variable valve system, and could make 321bhp (239kW) in Europe. Huge 12.4-inch (315mm) vented discs were fitted all around and inspired much confidence, as did the anti-roll bars front and rear which keep the body virtually horizontal. Inside the car was typically 'M', with figure-hugging seats, and sports wheel in leather and Alcantara.
BMW M Coupe Specifications
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