A glimpse into the future of automotive design and technology, the Z9 is a
Grand Touring four-seat coupe concept car, featuring gull wing doors, carbon-fiber skin over an aluminum
space frame and the world's first V8 diesel engine. Learn all about this
remarkable vehicle here!
First unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September of 1999, the Z9 Gran Turismo concept car is making its North American debut at the
New York International Auto
The Z9 sports coupe showcases innovation in both interior and exterior design, with futuristic lightweight construction, a high-torque turbo diesel engine, and a unique philosophy of interaction between car and driver.
The interior of the Z9 is a showcase of ground-breaking technology and ergonomic design.
|Controls are operated with a single large, multifunction knob located between the front seats. The control consists of a
combination rotary and push button for selecting functions. Confirmation of the selected mode is displayed on a dash mounted screen. Several hundred functions can be controlled
with this device.
of operating the Z9, which BMW calls Intuitive Interaction Concept, allows the driver to
easily activate functions while driving without the need to constantly
examine and manipulate conventional controls.
The Z9 has only a starter button and light switch on
An electronic key is used to activate the driver's controls. Then, a simple starter button starts the engine. The instrument panel folds out when prompted.
Classic, circular dials provide feedback to the driver.
A large, 8.8-inch monitor in the center of the dashboard displays all the information the driver needs, apart from the speedometer and tachometer, which are conventional analog instruments. The monitor is positioned within the driver's field of vision, allowing it to be viewed while
focusing attention on the road ahead.
Drive or reverse gears can be engaged with a dash mounted lever. The Steptronic transmission
can also be operated with steering wheel mounted buttons. These buttons can be used for manually shifting gears.
One of the
most striking features of the Z9 is the gull wing door. But, these doors
can also be opened like a conventional hinged door!
the above photo, the door on the left is opened
conventionally, while the door on the right opens up and out,
in gull wing style.
How is this possible? The conventional doors are actually fitted into the gull wings, allowing the doors to function in both ways. The full-length
gull wing doors can be opened automatically at the press of a button on the electronic key. Depressing the button on the remote control will both open and close a door. In fact, holding the button down will cause the door to repeat the procedure indefinitely; in effect, like flapping it's wing!
The Z9 is powered by the world's first V-8 turbo diesel, the 3.9 liter engine first produced for the BMW 7 Series 740d
||The 3.9 liter V-8 is a common rail, direct injection unit. It produces more torque than any
other engine in BMW's history, an incredible 413 lbs/ft (560 Nm) of torque. Torque is maintained constantly between 1750 and 2500 rpm to give outstanding performance even at the low end of the rev range. Maximum power is an impressive 245
Choosing a diesel engine to power a large sports coupe like the Z9 is a
testament to BMW's confidence in the refinement and performance characteristics of the 3.9 liter V-8.
Z9 Concept Car features several pictures from the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Steals the Show
is a news release from BMW Australia. Click
here for larger images.
Z9 has a gallery of pictures from the Frankfurt Auto Show.
has a nice set of pictures from the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Pictures from BMW
review of the Z9 from the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Pictures from Poland has some nice, larger pictures.
Takes on Ferrari with Z9
has a few pictures and a review.
BMW Z9 gran turismo has pictures and a nice review.
Z9 GT Simply the Future
has pictures and info from the BMW press release.
Der BMW Z9 gran
turismo is a nice review. Also, BMW
has a nice review and some photos. In German.
nel FUTURO is a review from Motorsport in Italy. In Italian.
Z9 eine neue Dimension aus München auf der IAA. In German.
Z9 GT has
a few pictures and some specs.
Z9 Gran Turismo
has some pictures and facts.
Russia has some pictures and info. Autoreview
has a nice article and pictures. In Russian.
page of the International Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, has
information on the show. In English and German.
Z9 Concept Car
has some pictures and info.
from the Frankfurt Auto Show has reviews of all of the concept cars,
including the Z9.
Z9 photos and review from Poland.
has some black and white pictures and a brief review.
has some photos and info.
from Italy has some Frankfurt Auto Show pictures.
has a couple of pictures.
Z9 Concept has some pictures and commentary.
A few BMW
Z9 Pictures from the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.