Innovations and outstanding ergonomics – these were only two of the many ways that BMW used to get your attention. With the launch of the Z9 gran turismo concept car, BMW achieved just that during this concept’s debut in North America at the 2000 New York International Auto Show.
The four-seater sports coupe, first seen in September the previous year at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show, hinted of what was still to come in the area of technology and design.
Advances in technology and design were evident in both its exterior and interior. Built using pioneering technologies to give it a lightweight architecture, the Z9 came with a fresh philosophy on the interaction among audio, comfort, communication, drive and other features.
Powering this model was a 3.9-liter engine – the first V8 turbodiesel engine in the world. It already made an appearance in the 740d and used common rail and direct injection that push it to deliver the highest torque ever among BMW’s production engines.
Its horsepower peaked at 245 but its maximum torque was almost unreal at 413 lb-ft. By selecting a diesel engine for its large sports coupe, BMW demonstrated how much it believes in the capabilities of its revolutionary power plant.