Alpina Roadster V8: classic of the day
The BMW tuner Alpina interpreted the BMW Z8 as a comfortable Roadster V8. Only 555 copies were built. Our classic of the day!
Automatic already planned for the production Z8
Instead of the sporty one M5 engine (400 hp) from the series Z8 installed Alpina designed a more passage V8 with 381 hp and a five-speed automatic transmission. The automatic should make the car more receptive to the American market: from A total of 555 Z8 Alpina produced 450 roadsters to the States. Originally, the production Z8 was planned with automatic transmission, but for the engine of the BMW M5 was not technically suitable automatic available. Only with the Alpina engine F5 / 1 this solution could be realized. The suspension was also elaborately revised by Alpina and comes in contrast to streamline series Z8 tuning more comfortable therefore. With its side air intakes and flat, wide kidney, the Roadster V8 is one Tribute to the unforgotten BMW 507 from 1956. With taillights and turn signals in LED technology, the Z8 was far ahead of its time, however.
Under 300,000 euros is nothing
Despite 19 hp less than the standard Z8, the Alpina version is anything but slow. In 5.3 seconds, it accelerates to 100 and regulates 260 kilometers per hour electronically. 2003 was the last new price of an Alpina Roadster V8 129,900 euros. But he came in extensive full equipment – and a 1:18 miniature model of Kyosho in the ordered color combination there was on top of that. Today the prices for one are catching Alpina Roadster V8 at about 300,000 euros They should not sink significantly anymore. The Z8 is already a rarity and will be like that BMW 507 to a Design icon advance. An Alpina Roadster stood as “Classic of the future” both Classic Days in Dyck Castle 2019, BMW gives one for all Z8 50-year availability guarantee for replacement parts. You are looking for a BMW Roadster: Here are offers.