SVE Oletha is the BMW we all want
Something today's BMW design department should look up to
It's all there - the proportions, the long bonnet, sleek body and subtle details - coupled with the best of BMW - either a smooth inline 6 or a massive V8.
SVE - Smith Vehicle Engineering, a company owned by brothers Kaess and Willem, gave us a perfect BMW restomod - it's like all the best of Z4's drivetrain, coupled with the gorgeous design elements of iconic Z8.
It's based on a E86 Z4M - but the body elements aren't original, they are actually made by carbon fiber from scratch - saving a lot of weight and giving it a serious note in restomod culture. And that costs. A lot.
Under the long bonnet, you can opt for a 3.5 litre S54 Reihensechszylinder (bored out, obviously) or a 4.4 V8 S65 - straight out of a M3s of the era. Figures are undisclosed, but you get it coupled with a 6-Gang manual and LSD - and perfectly natural, no turbos or charging of any kind. Can it get any better?
The interior, which we cannot see yet, is said to be tailor made to customers' wishes, ranging from leather to carbon and stuff.
At 4.35m length and 1.85m wide, it's 20cm longer and 7cm wider than it's Z4 basis, making it as big and serious as a Z8, I'd dare to say a proper GT. Yet, being carbon bodied, at 1.400 kilos, actually around 100kg lighter than a Z4 and a whole 300kg lighter than a Z8.
Unfortunately, then comes the price - a USD 450.000 or around EUR 380.000 - ouch! Roughly you can probably get two Z8s in acceptable condition for that, but I have no doubt that this would find a home - honestly, if I could, I definitely would.
What do you think?