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Make / Model: BMW / Z8 Alpina
Title Status:
Exerior Color: Black
Interior Color: Black
Year: 2003
Mileage: 15944
Engine: 4.8L V8 FI DOHC 32V Transmission: Automatic
Doors: 2
Price: $475000.00
Location: O’Fallon,IL
Seller’s Email: info@gatewayclassiccars.com
Seller’s Phone: (618) 271 – 30
Seller Type: Dealer – Gate Way Classic Cars

Condition & Features

Up for sale in our Houston showroom is one of the most racecar turned luxury cars to be produced the 2003 BMW Z8 Alpina. BMW started producing the Z8 in 1999 as a modern interpretation of the classic 1956-59 BMW 507 with the companys first aluminum hull and the red-hot 394-hp 4.9-liter V-8 engine from the mighty M5 sedan. Alpina is a company that has for more than 30 years produced the niche models that BMW itself does not want to make. Based in the Bavarian town of Buchloe an hour or so from BMWs Munich headquarters Alpina creates cars for connoisseurs. They are expensive and not necessarily more powerful or faster than standard BMWs but they do offer combinations not available from the factory. An Alpina version of the Z8 with an automatic transmission instead of the six-speed manual seemed the ideal door opener for the U.S. Such a car was already being developed. Alpina had wanted to install its version of the BMW V-12 but it wouldnt fit; the engines oil sump needed the same space as the rack-and-pinion steering system. The high-revving M5 motor was not suitable for an automatic transmission. But that 4.8-liter V-8 from the 5-series Alpina B10 V-8 S with its attendant Alpina-specified five-speed ZF automatic would fit right in. The BMW Z8 Alpina Roadster V-8 was born. BMW of North America liked the idea and ordered 450 cars to be sold through its regular dealer network. The Alpina roadster became the final run of Z8s. Only 555 of the Alpinas were built for worldwide consumption. The aluminum body structure slightly modified to accommodate the automatic gearbox was made by BMW the engines were built by Alpina because they have special pistons rods and ports that are polished and matched by hand and join up with the transmission and body for final assembly in a dedicated shop in BMWs Munich facility. Then the almost-complete cars go back to Alpina to be fitted with special features and checked and approved for delivery. Powertrain aside Alpina makes few modificatio






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