For $369k Would You Buy This BMW Z8 Alpina?

BMW Z8, Models, Tuning | November 4th, 2015 by 11

The appeal of owning a BMW Z8 is well known. The BMW Z8 was BMW’s last supercar. The last hoorah for the overengineered, overbuilt and overdesigned cars that we all learned to like.  Earlier today, we found a particularly interesting Alpina V8 Roadster listing that come with a nice price tag as well.

When new, the BMW Z8 cost $128,000 and came with an all aluminum chassis and body using a 4.9 liter V8 engine that developed 400 hp (300 kW) and 500 Nm (370 lb-ft) torque. This was good enough to propel the vehicle from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.2 seconds, as measured by Road And Track magazine. The performance was certainly on par with most of the contemporary sports cars of the time, but the Z8s targeted supercars. It was up there with its contemporary counterparts as far as performance goes. For some, the Z8 found its biggest adversary in the Ferrari 360 Modena and lived up to its high-performance hype.

When the production of the BMW Z8 ended in November 2002, the next year’s production was replaced by the Alpina V8 Roadster. The open-top performance model followed on the same lines as the BMW Z8 as design goes. However, the BMW Alpina V8 roadster placed more emphasis on gran touring in place of the hard-nosed performance oriented nature of the original Z8 models.

The Alpina came only as an automatic model. It featuredsa five-speed BMW Steptronic transmission combined with a downgraded 4.6 L Alpina-tuned V8 motor from the Alpina E39 B10 V8 S performance models. The Alpina V8 Roadster produces less exhilarating performance than the BMW Z8 Coupe. Unlike the Alpina Z8, the V8 Roadster produces only 375 hp (280 kW), while the peak torque was raised to 383 lb-ft (519 N-m). The torque is available at significantly lower rpm than the original models. Another new introduction is the electronically limited top speed was officially raised to 161 mph (259 km/h).

The further luxury heading instead of performance is seen thanks to relaxed suspension tuning, exterior mods and the then introduced, gorgeous and softer grade of Nappa leather trim.

The question whether to buy one is rather evident. Only 555 of these Alpinas were built. Only 450 of which were exported to the U.S. market and only eight to the UK. Quite a rare vehicle. The example showcased in the classifieds is pristine. It features a gorgeous leather combination, utmost perfect exterior and a particularly interesting exterior finish. But for $369,800, would you buy it?

11 responses to “For $369k Would You Buy This BMW Z8 Alpina?”

  1. CDspeed says:

    A few years back I looked at an Alpina Z8 with a little over 2,200 miles on it for $89,000. if I knew then…………… Now though, I’d hate to buy a car that I’m not using normally, trying to keep its value up, and at that price you’d have to be crazy not to just go buy an i8.

    • Vanja Kljaic says:

      Yeah, this is a rather interesting example, that’s why I’ve decided to add it honestly. These are pretty damn awesome cars overall, don’t you think? But, for that price … don’t know. Depends on what your preferences are really.

      • CDspeed says:

        The Z8 is just as good looking today as it was when it was new, I’d love to buy this rare grand touring roaster. But that price could get you into a new Bentley, Ferrari, or Lamborghini ect.

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    You could get an E30 M3 Sport Evo (70k €), E46 M3 CSL (60k €), E28 M5 (40k €), E36 M3 3.2 (20k €), a 1M (60k €) and an E60 M5 (40k €), and be the happiest BMW fan out there with still money left for mods (Recaro seats carbon airbox whatever)… Notice I’m not into the quality vs quantity thing here, because i consider all the cars i’ve listed here as good or better as the Z8 (yes even the E36 3.2 and the E60). Or you could buy an M1, which is nice.

    The Z8 is a fantastic car, don’t get me wrong, but for 370k hell no. If i was in this situation, i’d rather have a garage full of legend than the Z8 which is a legend itself but does not have as much importance to me as several other bimmers. If it was the M1, yes. But the Z8, no.

    • Senne says:

      I don’t know, because the Z8 really is a very special and very beautiful car. It’s also not a “regular” BMW in M form. It’s a bit like the M1. If I would have to chose between the Z8 or the M1, I might chose for the Z8. Also this particular Alpina model is more of a cruiser. Which means you could almost use it as your everyday car. Except maybe that it costs almost $400 000 and it really can’t get damaged… It would be a really difficult choice actually… they’re both so great cars! :D I would really want to have the money to just buy them both xD

  3. TheBingoBalls says:

    Consider the fall of the roadster in today’s market, this would not be a bad buy if you had the cash and love roadsters.

  4. Michael Christopher Frazier IV says:

    The exterior is classic, but for that price… the interior and lack of technology really makes that price stupid. However, I’ve seen these in silver metallic driving around LA and they still look fantastic!

  5. Alex says:

    I just bought one, black on black with 3800 miles for 240k … there is big demand in Germany for these cars and Like the SLR they are starting to go up in price … Some collectors are realizing the value and limited production number of Alpina’s and the history behind it… I agree with most people it is not the best handling or powerful BMW for your money, however, as long term investment its a winner.

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