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In 2003, BMW partnered with Alpina – the Buchloe, Germany-based BMW tuner recognized as a full-fledged automobile manufacturer by the German Federal Ministry of Transport – to create a limited-production version of the BMW Z8. The V8 Roadster was the first Alpina model officially sold in the US, and of a total 5,307 Z8 models produced from 1999–2003, Alpina would place its badge on a scant 555 examples.
Alpina’s engineers replaced the Z8’s high-revving V-8 and six-speed manual gearbox, going instead with an Alpina-tuned 4.8-liter V-8 engine producing 375 hp mated to a five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Other changes included more relaxed suspension tuning, 20" Alpina Turbine wheels, and a softer grade of Nappa leather that adorned the interior along with special Alpina gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel.
This Alpina V8 Roadster, car number 411, displayed less than 3,200 miles at the time of cataloguing and is in exemplary, original condition. The striking Jet Black paint beautifully accentuates the car’s lines, which take design cues from BMW’s renowned 507 model. Similarly, the black leather interior also displays little discernible wear. Included with the sale are the car’s original delivery items, including books, keys, tools, car cover, wind blocker, BMW Motorola StarTac cell phone, and matching hardtop with stand. This low-mileage Alpina V8 offers outstanding performance, wonderful aesthetics, and exclusivity.