The German based automaker BMW is currently celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Z1 with a special gathering in front of the company’s Museum on the 8th of June.
“BMW Technik AG has completed its first product. The BMW Z1, a vehicle study, was conceived on the basis of specifications which build on longstanding BMW traditions at the same time as factoring in future mobility requirements”, said BMW back in 1986.
The BMW Z1 was made as a concept car which explored new materials and the model was actually developed by BMW Technik GmbH, who didn’t have any plans for a production version. The BMW Z1 came with a number of groundbreaking innovations such as the monocoque chassis, the plastic body which could have been changed with a screwdriver in just an hour or electronically retracting doors.
The German vehicle was being powered by a 2.5 liter six-cylinder engine, which developed a total output of 168 horsepower, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The BMW Z1 could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds before reaching a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph). The first model came off the assembly line back in 1989 and its price was set at 83,000