This Bespoke Build Reimagines BMW’s Z8 Roadster As A Carbon-Bodied Coupe

Photo: Ted7 Photography | Smit Vehicle Engineering

“What if?” is one of the most dangerous questions in the automotive industry, because it often yields some pretty horrendous results. On the other hand, it can also be a powerful catalyst for creativity, driving the development of truly beautiful concept vehicles that might never have seen the light of day.

In the case of Smit Vehicle Engineering’s first build — ‘Oletha’ — we’d have to argue the latter. Based on the design of a BMW Z8, it sees the early 2000s roadster reimagined as a flowing carbon-bodied coupe with an electronically-actuated rear spoiler. And that’s not all; underneath the lightweight composite paneling, SVE has reworked practically every component available. With the 4.4L V8 engine, for instance, they’ve added a carbon fiber intake, some electromechanical throttle bodies, as well as a set of stainless steel exhausts to push its output in excess of 450 horses. And when it comes to the handling, SVE has spared no expense, fitting Oletha with two-way adjustable suspension, forged aluminum control arms, and a set of AP Racing brakes. Rounded out by a driver-focused interior — complete with an audiophile-grade sound system and some eight-way adjustable seats — the result is a beemer that’s beyond compare. You can learn more below.

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Photo: Ted7 Photography | Smit Vehicle Engineering
Photo: Ted7 Photography | Smit Vehicle Engineering
Photo: Ted7 Photography | Smit Vehicle Engineering