Now available for auction is this 2001 BMW E36/8 Z3 M Coupe. Reported to be 1 of only 74 examples finished in the combination of Black Sapphire Metallic over a Black Nappa leather interior, this first-generation M Coupe is also equipped with the desirable S54 inline 6-cylinder engine which was derived from the E46 M3. Having undergone some significant refurbishments over the past 2 years to bring the car up to excellent driver-grade standards, this M Coupe is now being offered by its seller in New York with approximately 79k miles showing on the odometer.
The rare Black Sapphire Metallic paint is said to be in fair overall condition with a recent paint correction carried out to ensure the best possible appearance. The front and rear bumpers exhibit wear, some dings are noted throughout the exterior and there is also some clear coat separation on the roof (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery). This M Coupe can be distinguished from its standard Z3 counterpart by its revised front fascia, widened rear fenders, and side air vents. Aftermarket Magnalfow exhaust tips can be seen in the rear and this Coupe rides on newly refinished 17” BMW 5-spoke wheels which were dressed in new tires within the last 4k miles.
Inside, this BMW features a Black Nappa leather interior with custom Alcantara upholstery. Some noteworthy refurbishments have been done throughout the cabin including a Neverdone glovebox sag kit, a leather Z V2 cupholder with armrest, and a new ZHP shift knob in Alcantara. Factory optioned equipment includes an in-dash CD43 Business Class CD player, Harmon Kardon Audio, heated seats, a power flip-up moonroof, and power seats as well as power windows and door locks. The original radio has been retained, the driver’s window regulator has been replaced, and the seller indicates all gauges and accessories to be fully functional.
For the final evolution of the Z3 M, a total of 678 coupe versions were built with the updated S54 engine sourced from BMW’s M3. This 3.2L inline 6-cylinder engine sends 315 HP to the rear wheels through a ZF 5-speed manual transaxle with factory equipped limited-slip differential (3.15) allowing for a 0-60 time of approximately 5 seconds. Compared to the standard Z3, the M Coupe is equipped with a firmer suspension, thicker anti-roll bars, more robust semi-trailing arms, and a strengthened subframe. The original rod bearings and VANOS unit are in place and the following service items were addressed in the last 2 years to bring the car up to excellent running order:
This sale will be accompanied by 1 master key, an owner’s book, and a clean title. Do not miss out on your chance to own this rare BMW E36/8 M Coupe.