S54B32 M Coupe | Estoril Blue | Estoril/Black

S54B32 BMW Z3 M Coupe | Estoril Blue | Estoril/Black | Z3 M Coupe and Z4 M Coupe Side by Side Comparison

 

This M Coupe was posted on mad4wheels.com among a gallery of a 2006 Z4 M Coupe. My brother tipped me off to these photos, which had been posted on another site, but seem to have originated on mad4wheels.com. It’s always interesting seeing the M Coupe and a Z4 M Coupe side by side. I like the general profile of the Z4 M Coupe, but the transition from the fender to the door kills it for me. It looks like the sunken cheeks of a meth addict. 😉 I’m also not a fan of the front end. It’s so “squarish”, almost flat. The wide kidney grilles look off to me as well, especially compared to the original M Coupe kidney grilles. Something about the taillights looks off to me, too, but I can’t really say what it is. Holistically, I like the overall design of the Z4 M Coupe, but I’m just being nitpicky about the other design elements. That, and I’m a diehard E36/8 fanatic, and love the entire design of the Clown Shoe. Based upon the chrome trim ringed headlights, chrome trimmed kidney grille slats, curved M badges, and Chrome Shadow Roadstars this is an 01 or 02 M Coupe with an S54 under the hood. I wasn’t certain whether the interior color was Black or Estoril/Black, so I searched around for the GBZ 3 plate shown on the Coupe in these photos. I found photos of the same Coupe in an issue of BMW Car magazine which showed an Estoril/Black interior posted on z3mcoupe.com.

 

S54B32 BMW Z3 M Coupe | Estoril Blue | Estoril/Black | Z3 M Coupe and Z4 M Coupe Side by Side Comparison
S54B32 BMW Z3 M Coupe | Estoril Blue | Estoril/Black | Z3 M Coupe and Z4 M Coupe Side by Side Comparison

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