To celebrate 20 years of the BMW Z8 – made famous by James Bond – BMW have commissioned four limited-edition design prints from Instagram illustrators, which will be given away to lucky winners.

Let’s take a look back at the history of this most coveted BMW.

Three-quarter rear view of BMW Z8


When it first appeared in 1997 at the Tokyo Motor Show, the BMW Z8 was clearly inspired by the legendary BMW 507. Heart-melting design from Chief Designer Chris Bangle and his team, combined nostalgia with state-of-the-art technology and the aluminium spaceframe penned by Henrik Fisker.  

The BMW Z8 featured a high performance, 5 litre V8 sports engine, delivering 400 hp and 542 Nm (400 lb-ft) of torque, ensuring the Z8 makes an entrance. 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under five seconds and a restricted top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) were the vital statistics, and then there is the soundtrack only an eight-cylinder ensemble can produce. In a roadster with the roof down, it is perfect. 

Side view of BMW Z8


The honour of the first drive in a Z8 went to a certain James Bond. Pierce Brosnan promptly slipped behind the wheel of a pre-production model to pursue the bad guys in the 1999 film The World Is Not Enough. A new sports car could hardly wish for a more impressive introduction.  In a strange twist of fate (and metal) The BMW Z8 was destroyed by a helicopter on a pier in the film and was cut in half – a nod to which is cheekily featured in one of the limited edition/commissioned designs.

Just 5,703 BMW Z8s were ever produced. But these stylish limited edition prints are a great way to get your hands on one. 

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