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One of Only 555 Examples Built
Paying homage to the iconic 507 sports car, produced from 1956 to 1959, BMW unveiled the Z07 concept car in 1997. Styled by Henrik Fisker under the watchful eye of lead designer Chris Bangle, the show car elicited such an overwhelming response that BMW decided to put it into production as the Z8. Introduced in 1999 and built through fall 2002, 5,703 examples of the striking Z8 were manufactured.
For 2003, BMW partnered with Bavaria-based tuner Alpina to create an even more exclusive variant as the model’s swan song. Dubbed the V8 Roadster, it was conceived as a more luxurious, grand touring version of the Z8 and would be the first Alpina model sold directly through BMW dealerships in the US. Alpina’s engineers replaced the Z8’s high-revving V-8 engine and six-speed manual transmission with a modified version of BMW’s smooth M62 V-8 mated to a ZF five-speed adaptive automatic transmission. Enlarged to 4.8 liters, and featuring new camshafts, pistons, and connecting rods, the Alpina-tuned V-8 developed 375 hp at 5,800 rpm, while 383 lbs./ft. of torque was available at 3,800 rpm, 15 more than the original M-division engine. Top speed was electronically limited to 161 mph, and 0–60 mph elapsed in an impressive 5.3 seconds.
Other changes included more relaxed suspension tuning, stylish 20" Alpina “Turbine” wheels, a new three-spoke steering wheel, distinctive Alpina gauges, and a softer grade of nappa leather that adorned the interior. In February 2003, Car and Driver offered high praise to the BMW Alpina V8 Roadster for “its easygoing power delivery and automatic transmission.”
This particular Alpina V8 Roadster has covered less than 5,100 miles from new and is in truly exemplary, original condition. The Titanium Silver Metallic paint remains in excellent condition, while the black leather interior displays little discernible wear. It is stated to have received an oil change and filter service 50 miles ago, and included with the sale are the window sticker and important original accessories such as the handbooks, tool kit, car cover, wind blocker, first aid kit, BMW Motorola StarTAC cell phone, and matching hardtop with stand.
Given its combination of timeless, classic styling and outstanding contemporary performance, it is remarkable that just 555 examples of the BMW Alpina V8 Roadster model were built. Presented in superb condition, this example provides the discerning collector with a compelling opportunity to acquire one of the very best limited-production, modern classics.