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2002 Alpina Roadster V8

Located in the Upper Bavarian town of Buchloe, ALPINA was established in 1964 as an official and approved ennobler of BMW automobiles. Alpina’s tradition is to take production BMWs and make them even more appealing to connoisseurs of automotive finery. Alpina’s treatments include not merely cosmetic modifications but also a palette of powertrain and chassis refinements that consistently enhance BMW models’ already formidable road capabilities within a context of thorough engineering and mature character.

To celebrate the tremendous success of the Z8 Roadster, BMW has partnered with Alpina to create an exclusive and unique rendition of this contemporary classic. Production of the Alpina Z8 will be limited to 555 units worldwide.

The roadster builds upon the dynamic performance, styling and driving dynamics of the classic BMW Z8 Roadster. Most notably, the exclusive vehicle offers the spirit of the BMW Z8 with an automatic transmission. Those who prefer the driving comfort of an automatic transmission will enjoy the smooth, fast and simple Alipna Switch-tronic gearshifts which allow the driver to shift gears as desired, or not shift gears at all. Complimenting the automatic transmission, the roadster also comes with a 4.8 liter Alpina V8 engine, offering 375hp and a different, more discreet style of outstanding performance.

Other distinguishing features of the Alpina V8 include 20 inch Alpina alloy wheels with 255/35 front 285/30R rear performance tires, metallic paint finish including the hardtop (Black softtop), ALPINA softouch interior trim parts with Crema Full Nappa Leather Upholstery and a plaque with the production number located on the rear interior panel.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $  $128 000 USD
engine Aluminum V8
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 4837 cc / 295.2 in³
power 298.3 kw / 400.0 bhp @ 5800 rpm
specific output 82.7 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 244.65 bhp per tonne
torque 519.28 nm / 383 ft lbs @ 3800 rpm
redline 7000 rpm
body / frame Aluminum Body over Aluminum Spaceframe
driven wheels RWD
front tires 245/45ZR-18 Bridgestone Potenza RE040
rear tires 275/40ZR-18 Bridgestone Potenza RE040
front brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist, ABS
f brake size x 343 mm / x 13.5 in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist, ABS
r brake size x 328 mm / x 12.9 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 20.3 cm / 18.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 22.9 cm / 18.0 x 9.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension MacPershon Struts w/Lower A-Arms, Coil Springs, Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Ba
r suspension Multi-Link w/Coil Springs, Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Ba
curb weight 1635 kg / 3605 lbs
wheelbase 2504 mm / 98.6 in
front track 1552 mm / 61.1 in
rear track 1567 mm / 61.7 in
length 4374 mm / 172.2 in
width 1831 mm / 72.1 in
height 1318 mm / 51.9 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual or ZF 5HP24 5 Speed Automatic
gear ratios 4.23:1, 2.53:1, 1.67:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, :1
final drive 3.15:1
top speed ~249.4 kph / 155.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.3 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~10.5 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~12.8 seconds
drag 0.43 Cd