An off-road sports car? The 911 can do it, so why not the BMW Z4?
This awesome safari-spec BMW Z4 M has turned up on Bring a Trailer and while it would be a bit of a mission bringing it over here, it would probably be one of the coolest vehicles on any given off-road trail.
The owner has given the two-door sports car a healthy overhaul in the name of bouncing around rocks and mud, including a Ground Control suspension setup, 17-inch Black Rhino wheels with 235/65 all-terrain tyres, modified bumpers at both ends, Baja Design off-road lights, a 40-inch lightbar, roof-rack and a solid bash-plate nestled under the grille.
But the coolest new feature is easily the exposed rear hatch that houses two full-size spare wheels. A bit of a waste of a Z4 M? Possibly, but that doesn’t make it less awesome.
Weirdly, the interior has been left as it came from the factory, including the leather sports seats, steering wheel, on-board computer, satellite navigation, cruise control and CD player.
Same with the engine, which is a 3.2-litre inline six making 246kW/355Nm. That’s still a lot of power, but I did expect a bit of engine work to go along with the unique looks. It seems even the exhaust system is standard.
The owner did replace the rod bearings and install an AFE air filter, however. The brake discs were also upgraded to newer cross-drilled rotors.
The E86 Z4 M Coupe was the replacement for the famous/infamous E36/8 “clown shoe” Z3 M Coupe and had an official 0–60 mph (97kmh) acceleration time of 5 seconds, and an electronically-limited top speed of 249kmh. It could lap the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife in 8 minutes and 15 seconds.
The E86 was a far more popular car than its controversial predecessor, selling around four times as many as the E36/8’s dismal 1,112 sales (which makes it one of the lowest-selling production BMWs ever), but it was still far from a sales success.
Singer Vehicle Design
At the request of a long-term client, Singer has looked to a golden era of Porsche rallying in the 1980s to reimagine his air-cooled 911 as World Rally Championship-inspired, all-terrain competition machine.
The awful E89 Z4 replaced the E86 in 2009 without a full-blown M version in the line-up and there hasn’t been one since.
As for this car, at the time of writing, the car is sitting at US$15,000 (NZ$21,382) with no reserve, but there are still three days before the auction ends.
Even if it eventually goes for more, it still looks like a far cheaper way to get some sweet European sports car off-road action than some of the awesome off-road-inspired Porsche 911s that have been popping up recently.