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Gateway Classic Cars of Louisville is proud to present this 1998 black BMW M Roadster. The BMW M Roadster was designed to be the performance version of the BMW Z3, and like all M cars there were significant differences between the two variants. The body of the Z3 M Roadster had a few differences compared to the standard Z3 models. These included front and rear bumpers, gills, boot and mirrors. Under the skin many of the components were beefed up with the rear suspension being derived from the E30 M3 and the front suspension and brake system being taken from the E36 M3 Evo. Based on the E36 platform, the Z3 Roadster was considered the E36/7 platform. The M Roadster could run a wider track under the flared wheel arches as well as wider wheels and tires to try to tame the increased power. Standard tire sizes for the M Roadster is 225/45r17 at the front and 245/40r17 at the back. The low offset of the rear wheels allows plenty of flexibility to increase the rear tire width. A dual exhaust system fed each set of three cylinders to two dual tailpipes. The Z3 M roadster was the first BMW to feature this quad exhaust design which has since become a BMW M division signature. The interior had a different look to the standard Z3, including making the sport package M-version steering wheel standard on the M and including different instrumentation such as an oil temperature gauge. Finally, the car was available in M-specific colors which were not released for the regular Z3, at least in the early production years (not counting BMWs Individual program). Early cars featured ABS as standard. ASC traction and stability control also became standard equipment on US-market cars in 1999 and in 2001 M roadsters worldwide were upgraded to BMWs DSC traction control system. The Z3 was facelifted, but in common with other BMW M vehicles, the M roadsters appearance was not updated. In the 5 years from 1998 to 2002, approximately 15,000 M Roadsters were produced for both European and North American markets. This is compared to the 300,000 standard Z3s produced in the same time frame. This makes them very rare and highly desired by car and performance enthusiasts. This beautiful example of a 1998 BMW M Roadster has been meticulously taken car of by the 4 previous owners. The car has lived almost the entirety of it s life in Texas. With only 28k original miles, this car has a long fantastic life ahead of it for the next lucky owner. This vehicle comes with all 4 factory keys, the owner s manual and every receipt from the previous owner going in and upgrading things such as: new Stewart water pump, thermostat and metal housing fan, the seat bushing have been replaced, driver seat lift kit, passenger not installed, clear marker lights, and Cosmo tower strut. Options for this awesome M Roadster include: A/C, AM/FM radio, cd player, automatic top, cruise control, heated seats, power windows, power brakes, power locks, power seats, anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger airbags, seat belts, leather interior, and aluminum alloy rims and radial tires. This 1998 BMW M Roadster is for sale in our Louisville Showroom and can be seen in greater detail including 100+ HD pictures and an HD Video at www.gatewayclassiccars.com. For additional information please call our knowledgeable staff at (812)294-1555 or email us at Louisville@GatewayClassicCars.com. If you would like to see it in person, come to our Louisville Showroom located at 13576 Blue Lick Rd., Memphis, IN 47143. Link: http://www.gatewayclassiccars.com/LOU/1752/1998-BMW-M-Roadster
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