Road Tests Real world tests of BMW Z3 M vs S2000

0-60mph

BMW Z3 M
5.2 s
S2000
5.5 s
Z3 M S2000 @ supercars.net

Top speed

BMW Z3 M
137 mph
S2000
150 mph
Z3 M S2000 @ supercars.net

0-100mph

BMW Z3 M
14.6 s
S2000
14 s
Z3 M S2000 @ supercars.net

1/4 mile

BMW Z3 M
14 s
S2000
14.8 s
Z3 M S2000 @ supercars.net

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BMW Z3 M

Reasons to consider the
BMW Z3 M

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Faster in the quarter mile 14 s vs 14.8 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
More torque 236 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM vs 153 ft-lb @ 7,500 RPM Around 55% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More expensive sticker price $42k vs $30k 40% more expensive harder to own
Bigger engine 3,152 cc vs 1,997 cc Around 60% bigger engine
Side view of Honda S2000

Reasons to consider the
Honda S2000

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Faster top speed 150 mph vs 137 mph 13 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much higher redline 9,000 RPM vs 6,800 RPM More than 30% more revs
Better power-to-weight ratio 11.48 lb/hp vs 12.85 lb/hp More than 10% better power-to-weight ratio
Lighter curb weight 2,756 lb vs 3,085 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

BMW Z3 M  vs
S2000 
Brand BMW Honda
Price 41,900 30,000
Year 1998 2000

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 12.85 lb/hp 11.48 lb/hp
Maximum hp 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM 240 HP @ 8,300 RPM
Maximum torque 236 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM 153 ft-lb @ 7,500 RPM
Max RPM 6,800 RPM 9,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,152 cc 1,997 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10.5:1 11.7:1
Bore/stroke 3.4 in / 3.53 in 3.43 in / 3.31 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,085 lb 2,756 lb
Width 68.5 in 68.9 in
Height 49.8 in 50.6 in
Length 158.5 in 162.2 in
Front track width 55 in 57.8 in
Wheelbase 96.8 in 94.5 in

road tests

BMW Z3 M  vs
S2000 
Top speed 137 mph 150 mph
1/4 mile 14 s 14.8 s
0-60mph 5.2 s 5.5 s
0-100mph 14.6 s 14 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD Front Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6
Axle ratio 3.23:1 4.1:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 432/? 191 406/? 165
Rear wheels 432/? 229 406/? 190
BMW Z3 M
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