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?