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BMW Z8 Alpina Roadster V8 2002 Topasblau Metallic

The BMW Z8 was the production variant of the 1997 Z07 concept car. The concept was originally designed as a styling exercise intended to evoke and celebrate the 1956 BMW 507 and to celebrate the millennium change. The Z07 caused such an overwhelming sensation at the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show that it spurred BMW decision to produce a limited production model called the Z8. As a result BMW hand-finished 5703 Z8’s in Munich, of which 3160 were built for Europe and 2543 for the US.

The car had an all-aluminum chassis and body and used a 4.9 L 32-valve V8, that developed 400 HP and 500 Nm torque. This engine, known internally as the S62, was built by the BMW Motorsport subsidiary and was shared with the E39 M5. The engine was located behind the front axle in order to provide the car with an optimal 50/50 weight distribution. It could achieve 0-100 km/h in an impressive 4,7 seconds. and furthermore Car and Driver magazine also found that the car outperformed the contemporary benchmark of the time, the Ferrari 360 Modena, in three important performance categories: acceleration, handling, and braking. As with most BMW cars, the top speed was electronically limited to 250 km/h.

The Z8 used neon exterior lighting, the tail lights and turn indicators are powered by neon tubes that offer quicker activation than standard lightbulbs and last the entire lifetime of the vehicle.

In order to keep the interior uncluttered, a number of convenience functions were integrated into multifunction controls. For example, the power windows and mirrors were controlled by a single instrument. Also, the center-mounted instrument cluster was canted slightly toward the driver. The displacement of these gauges to the middle of the dash was intended to offer an unimpeded view of the hood and the road ahead.

When production of the Z8 was completed by November 2002, for 2003 the Z8 production was replaced by the Alpina V8 Roadster. The Alpina was a departure from the hard-edged sporting focus of the original car, and elements of the new grand touring intent were evident throughout this final edition. Instead of the original six-speed manual and 4.9 L engine featured in earlier Z8's, the Alpina came only as an automatic, using a five-speed BMW Steptronic transmission allied to a downgraded 4.8 L Alpina-tuned V8 motor from the Alpina E39 B10 V8 S. In order to complete the car's transition from sportscar to boulevardier, relaxed suspension tuning was used. The standard Z8's run-flat tires on 18 inch wheels were discarded in favor of conventional tires with softer sidewalls, on 20 inch wheels. A new, softer grade of Nappa leather replaced the Z8's less supple specification, and special Alpina gauges were featured on the dash cluster. An Alpina steering wheel with three solid spokes replaced the original. Gear selection was displayed in an Alpina-specific display mounted in front of the wheel.

Even though the Alpina had a lower peak performance than the standard Z8, the car offered significantly more torque at lower RPM’s.

Only 555 V8 Alpina Roadster were built, 450 of which were exported to the US and only eight to the UK. In the United States, this special edition of the Z8 was sold directly through BMW dealerships, marking a first for Alpina, whose cars had never been sold through retail channels in the US. This car is one of the first examples that Alpina produced, no. 002/555! It was delivered new in Germany and has had only one owner since new. Furthermore it comes with a matching hardtop and complete documentation / service history.

The car is Dutch registered and in fantastic condition. Both the engine and gearbox run smoothly, the paint and bodywork is unscathed, the soft top is in good condition, the rubbers are still perfect and the leather interior is well cared for.

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