This American-built roadster debuted for 1996.
The Z3's interior is cramped, and storage space is limited.
Our tests showed handling to be good, but tricky at the limits until the car received stability control for 1999.
Even then, the Z3's manners continued to trail those of the 3-Series BMWs.
The first engine offered was a 1.9-liter Four, with 2.8- and 2.3-liter inline Sixes arriving for 1997 and 1999, respectively.
In 1998, the high-performance M Coupe and M Roadster debuted, armed with more power and sportier handling.
The Sixes were replaced by larger, more powerful versions in 2001.