Don’t have enough dough to afford a BMW Z3? Why not buy one for your bundle of joy?
BMW has increased its car sales in the US by 32,1 per cent compared to last year and it seems Americans are going crazy for two peculiar models. And here is the funny bit… You don’t need a large bank account or even a driver’s licence to experience these Ultimate Driving Machines.
The young and the “young at heart” in America are tearing up the pavement with battery- or pedal-powered Z3 Roadsters and X5 remote control vehicles.
The Auto Channel reports that the mini BMW Z3 roadster, designed for children aged two-and-a-half to five years is a scaled-down version of the real thing. Its distinctive kidney-shaped grille, enamel logos, alloy “look-alike” wheels, “roll bar,” and long, classic profile signify that the car is distinctly BMW.
Marketed as a part of BMW’s Lifestyle Collection, the mini Z3 reportedly lives up to BMW’s standards for performance (for children’s toys, that is). The battery-powered Z3 can accelerate up to approximately 6 km/h in 15 seconds.
According to Auto Atlantic V & A Waterfront spokesman Shaamiela Jakoet, the battery-powered Z3 costs R1878 and the pedal-powered model costs R942 in South Africa. Both models are available in one colour – cobalt blue.
Similarly, the X5 remote control vehicle is proving to be just as popular with those too old or big to drive their own mini Z3. The BMW X5 – or, at least its 1:12 scale equivalent – looks exactly like the real thing. The model is reportedly nimble and quick, even on “rough terrain”.
With a seven-function remote (powered by a rechargeable battery, included), the remote control X5 can be piloted up to a distance of 15m. It costs R653 in South Africa.