The BMW Z3 M Roadster is the luxury step-up the Miata never had. It's a few hundred pounds heavier, but it carries nearly 100 more horsepower (twice that for the '01-'02 models), has a power-operated soft top, and doesn't look like you just got fired from your 15-year accounting gig and had to downsize during your mid-life crisis. It has nearly 50/50 weight distribution, a subtle-yet-refined exhaust note, and more driver feedback than a 10-car pileup. It's also pretty not-bad at avoiding cones.
There are certain cars that were made in the 90s that simply got the design right. E36 BMW M3, the Toyota Supra MKIV, and the BMW Z3 M. There's nothing that looks dated - its silhouette creates a shape as if it was sculpted and meticulously formed, not stamped and mass-produced by the lowest bidder.
It doesn't stop at the interior, either. The dials are all analog, with everything you need and nothing you don't. It's a small space to occupy, but it isn't cramped. The M-Sport steering wheel (same as the '00 E39 M5) is extremely beefy and feels just right when you're manhandling the car as you wring out all 240 fuel-soaked ponies from its six tiny cylinders.
The seats and shift knob are covered in a supple leather, with the bolsters of said seats being firm enough to let you know you definitely didn't purchase the base model, for that would be beneath you.
This car would definitely be on my short list of appreciating future assets. To start, the production run of this car was quite limited. A little over 10,000 examples were made in the car's 4-year run. When you compare that to an equally desirable M car, the E46 M3, with its 40,000+ examples built, you can appreciate how rare the little bimmer really is.
At the end of the day, the future owner of this ///M Roadster will be enjoying many more spirited driven miles, that will provide endless ear to ear smiles!
Recent Cooling System Overhaul preformed at 115,xxx miles!
Clutch was replaced at 98,xxx miles!