Interiors
Back in the 90s, car manufacturers offered lots of extravagant leather types and color combinations. The Z3 was no exception!

Interior seats and configurations
The Z3 could be ordered with lots of different interiors. From seats to leather types and colors, we will try to bring some clarity to all the different combos you can find out there.


There are three kind of seats
From a shape point of view, there are 3 kind of seats with different foam and metal structures. To complicate even more, within each of them, we can find different patterns of leather / cloth.
Normal seats
Standard on all roadsters up to the 3.0i, they offer little lateral grip, however make the cabin look a bit more spacious.

Sport seats
Standard on all Coupe (with nappa leather), they were an optional extra on the roadsters. Good lateral grip.

///M seats
Best lateral grip, but bigger people might struggle to be comfortable in them. Only available on the //M models, and some individual non-M Z3.




Normal leather / Extended leather
With the standard leather, the owner basically gets some leather on the seats and the center of the doors. The rest is made of plastic and/or leather imitation.
With the extended leather optional extra, the leather feel is much more present. On top of the above, the owner gets a leather covered dashboard, same for the top of the doors, and the lateral parts of the center console.

Normal leather
Seats, center part of the door, gear lever, handbrake


Extended leather
On top or normal spec: dashboard, top of doors, console lateral parts. You can spot it with the extra stitching.




Leather / Cloth types

Normal seats
Normal seats (roadster only) could be made of cloth (no leather) as standard on the 1.8 and 1.9, or half cloth half leather. Of course, you could also get them in smooth leather (Classic), or rugged on the inside (Oregon).
Normal cloth
Standard on 1.8 and 1.9. Nice classic touch!
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"High-tex" cloth
Quite rare, only on some 1.8 and 1.9 engines
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Struktur (cloth and leather)
Cloth on the inside, leather on the outside
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Classic leather
Smooth 1 tone leather

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Oregon leather
Rugged on the center

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Sport seats
Sport seats are the most common seats you can find, as they were standard on the Coupe and some Roadster (e.g. Sport Edition), and many roadster owners ordered them as optional extras. Some of them where half leather half cloth, but the vast majority were ordered with leather (Classic, Chamaleon, Oregon, or Nappa)
Struktur (leather and cloth)
Very uncommon, made of cloth on the inside and leather imitation on the outside.
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Oregon leather
1 or 2 tones, rugged leather on the inside. Could also be combined with extended leather (dashboard, etc).
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Chamaleon leather
1 or 2 tones, smoother leather than the Oregon. Standard on Sport Edition models.
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Nappa leather
Smoothest leather you can get. Seat structure remains, however leather pattern is different
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M seats
M seats were standard on M Roadster and Coupe, and also on some specific Individual editions. The have an additional support on the shoulder zone, and offer even more lateral grip.
M S50 seats
Color combintions of the 1998-2000 models

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M S54 seats
The 2001-2002 S54 models get exclusive Kiwi and Laguna Seca new colors (below). Kyalami and Evergreen are no longer available.
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