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It’s no big news that the BMW models are a common choice amongst local car enthusiasts. However, there are certain cars that tend to appear rather rarely, such as the Z-series. “Rarity just makes the car more unique,” says Arkadii, who owns a fine example of a 2001 BMW Z3.
More power isn’t off the table
The grey Z was brought to Estonia in 2016 and has changed owners twice. Arkadii bought the car earlier this year. He was also lucky to find a facelift model with a six-cylinder engine.
The Z3 – small car, but a big eye catcher.
The 2.2-litre staight-6 produces a modest 125 kilowatts. And while it isn’t the most powerful car, it still offers great backroad fun along with the 5-speed manual and a nimble chassis.
After the purchase, Arkadii realized that the Z3 tends to understeer in fast corners, This was fixed by adding negative camber of -3 degrees. The difference in handling was marginal. The owner says that the roadster gives you a totally different feeling compared to some other, more common RWD cars.
As of the future, increasing power is definitely on the to-do list. Current ratings just dont seem sufficent enough for Arkadi.
Finding the balance between a daily and a stance car
Freshly bought roadster was in a pretty good condition and made a perfect blank canvas. So when it came to modifying the car, Arkadii decided to go for the stance build.
Original wheels were replaced with a set 17” BMW Style 66’s with the offset ET20 in front and ET26 in the rear. To create the cool fitment, 17mm spacers were installed.
Next up was the side mirror restoration, as they were in a rather awful condition. BMW is lowered with Eibach springs (-30mm) and has -3 degrees of negative camber.
After running the setup for a month, Arkadii decided to go for even wider and cooler wheels.
The choice fell to JR6’s. Offset settings are a bit different and overall setup is wider. Front lip was also added.
The car will undergo minor wheel and suspension adjustments in spring. Interior will also get a more fresher look.
The final mod for this season was a gorgeous Nardi steering wheel, which fits well with the blue-black interior trim.
While motorsport events are out of question, Arkadii will definetely participate in the upcoming Stancest and other car shows.
Oh, and he will drive this car through the winter – who said convertibles aren’t suited for icy driving conditions?
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Photos: Reimo Paevere