The BMW Z9 was introduced as a concept car at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1999. It was also called the BMW Z9 Gran Tourismo. The car never made it to production but many of its features did. At the 2000 Paris Auto Show, a convertible variant of the BMW Z9 made its appearance. The BMW Z9 featured a carbon fiber skin over an aluminum space frame. The styling used on the BMW E63 6 series is derived from the BMW Z9. The vehicle featured unique gull wing doors that could also be opened like conventional hinged doors. An early concept of BMW’s iDrive system was fitted in the BMW Z9, then called the Intuitive Interaction Concept. The BMW Z9 featured the first V8 Turbo Diesel engine, which was later manufactured for the BMW 740 Diesel. The BMW Z9 drive or reverse gears can be engaged with mounted lever on the dash. Steering wheel mounted buttons were also added for the Steptronic transmission. This photo of the BMW Z9 has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant. Watch this space for daily updates in the Babes and Photography categories.
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