2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149

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Lot 216
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster

Sold for £ 247,900 (US$ 342,144) inc. premium
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster
Registration no. Not UK registered
Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075
Engine no. 16149
*Rare and exclusive limited edition model
*One of 555 built
*Delivered new in the UK
*One owner
*9,480 miles from new

Footnotes

  • 'Burkard Bovensiepen's Alpina company 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 BMW's 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.' - Car & Driver.

    In recent times many motor manufacturers, particularly those with a significant sporting heritage, have felt the need to reference iconic models from the past when launching their latest. BMW has proved adept at exploiting this 'retro' trend, commencing in 1996 with the Z3 coupé and convertible, the styling of which brilliantly recalled its fabulous '328' sports car of pre-war days. Its next effort along similar lines - the 'Z07' concept car of 1997 - took its inspiration from the post-war Alfred Goetz-designed '507', a luxurious limited-edition roadster.

    The sensation of the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show, the Z07 was received so enthusiastically that BMW took the decision to press ahead with a production version: the Z8. For the most part the Z8 remained remarkably faithful to the original concept, retaining the 507-like twin-nostril front grille and distinctive front-wing vents. A period-style interior had been one of the Z07's most remarked upon features, and that too made it into the Z8.

    The Z8's body panelling and spaceframe chassis were fabricated in lightweight and corrosion resistant aluminium, while the 32-valve 4,941cc V8 engine, shared with the M5 saloon, was built by BMW's Motorsport division. With 400bhp on tap, the Z8 raced to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.7 seconds and only the built-in rev limiter stopped it from exceeding 250km/h (155mph). Power reached the run-flat tyres via a Getrag six-speed manual gearbox. Needless to say, the Z8 also came with all the modern appurtenances one would expect of a flagship model: traction control, stability control, front and side air bags, GPS navigation, climate control and power operation of the seats, steering wheel and convertible hood all being included in the package.

    The fact that the Z8 was a low-volume model assembled, for the most part, by hand, enabled BMW to offer customers considerable freedom in personalising their cars. Further enhancing its appeal to collectors, the factory announced that a 50-year stockpile of Z8 parts would be maintained. Despite a (US) launch price of over $128,000, initial demand was so high that a bidding war broke out, with many Z8s selling for well in excess of that figure. By the time production ceased at the end of 2002, 5,703 of these fabulous cars had been built.

    But that was not quite the end of the Z8 story, for BMW tuning specialist Alpina then introduced its own, even more exclusive version: the Alpina V8 Roadster. Alpina's product was less hard-edged and considerably more refined than the original, being equipped with a 4.8-litre engine from the 5-Series Alpina B10 V8 S and an Alpina-specified ZF five-speed 'Switchtronic' automatic transmission with paddle-shift operation. With a maximum of 375bhp on tap, the Roadster's slightly smaller engine was re-tuned for greater torque at lower revs, which better suited the automatic transmission. Top speed was limited to 161mph, with 60mph coming up in 5.0 seconds, only a couple of tenths slower than the original Z8.

    The suspension was revised to provide a more supple ride, and the original 18" wheels and run-flat tyres replaced with 20" rims and tyres with taller sidewalls. Re-trimmed in softer Nappa leather, the interior boasted many Alpina-specific touches including the steering wheel, gauges, and gear selection display. As its specification suggests, the Alpina V8 was targeted at the North American market, which took 450 units out of the 555 scheduled for production.
    Car & Driver reckoned the car was well suited to its newly acquired persona: 'In fact, some of us, who regard the Z8 more as a design icon than a serious sports car, reckon the Alpina Roadster V8, with its easygoing power delivery and automatic transmission, is what this car should have been all along.'

    The limited edition Alpina V8 offered here is one of only a tiny handful brought to the UK and was purchased new by the current vendor from Sytner, an official Alpina dealer. We are advised by the vendor that it is also one of only 11 finished in the same Alpina Blue livery as the Geneva Motor Show cars.
    Superior to those of the original Z8, this car's special features include Xenon lights; soft-feel blue interior upholstered in Nappa cream leather and blue Alcantara; limited edition plaque; wind deflector; Auto Stability and Traction Control (ASC-T); Corner and Dynamic Braking Control (CBC and DBC); Alpina 20" 'turbine' wheels; and new Michelin Pilot tyres. It has also been fitted with a vehicle tracking device.

    Driven and maintained irrelevant of cost, the car has covered only 9,500 miles from new and is described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition. Fully serviced, it comes complete with hardtop, stand tool kit, all soft accessories, all handbooks, and an extensive file of invoices and receipts.

    Should the car remain in the EU, local import taxes of 20% will be applied to the hammer price.

Saleroom notices

  • We are pleased to report that this Car is now offered with a V5C Registration Document and will therefore NOT be subject to 20% Import Duties. The registration number for this Car is: FM03 VTJ.
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2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster  Chassis no. WAPBA48003GF50075 Engine no. 16149
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