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2003 BMW Z8 Alpina

Vehicle Description

2003 BMW Z8 Alpina• Believed to be 12,204 original miles

Auction Estimate $200,000 – $250,000
• No. 514 of 555 produced
• 4.8/375 HP DOHC engine
• Port fuel injections
• Bosch Motronic engine control system
• ZF 5-speed automatic transmission with Switchtronic manual mode
• 20-inch Alpina wheels
• Michelin Pilot Sport tires
• Power 4-wheel disc brakes
• Power windows, locks and seats
• Silver with Black leather interior
• Special Alpina stitching on the seats, numbered plaque, blue-face instruments, gear position display, door sill plates and softer shocks than the Z8
• Special pistons, rods and ports that were polished and matched by hand
• Factory rated at 0-60 in 5 seconds and top speed of 161 MPH
• Car cover

Over the last 50 years, German specialty manufacturer Alpina partnered with BMW to capture numerous European and World Touring Car Championships before turning its attention to technical innovations and manufacturing generations of BMW Alpinas, in turn creating some of the most exclusive automobiles in the world. In 2003, the company worked its magic with an Alpina version of the exclusive BMW Z8 roadster. Straight out of the box, the Z8 is as impressive a Grand Touring machine as one would expect from BMW, combining the M5’s powerful port fuel-injected, dual overhead-cam 4.9L V-8 with a robust 6-speed manual transmission, superior handling and a stylish two-seater body that recalls the classic 1956 BMW 507 roadster. Alpina’s treatment began with swapping the Z8’s 4.9L engine for the 4.8/375 HP V-8 from the 5-series Alpina B10 V-8 S, a hand-built piece with Bosch Motronic computer controls, special pistons, rods and ports polished by hand, and its associated 5-speed ZF automatic with Switch-Tronic shift buttons and a special Alpina wire-spoke steering wheel. In keeping with Alpina’s practice of relaxing suspension settings for a more comfortable ride, the shocks are softer than standard Z8 units, and the wheels are 20-inch, 20-spoke Alpina alloys with low-profile Michelin Pilot Sport tires over power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes. The interior is minimally altered, but certainly Alpina in character with special seat stitching, gear position display and sill plates, a numbered plaque in place of the usual Z8 emblem and blue-faced instruments; power windows, locks and seats are standard. Finished in silver with a black leather interior and black top, this immaculate 2003 BMW Alpina roadster is No. 514 of 555 produced and has travelled 12,204 original miles. Credited with a factory rating of 0-60 MPH in 5 seconds and a limited top speed of 161 MPH, it offers one of the best driving experiences in the history of the BMW-Alpina partnership.

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Vehicle Details

  • Auction: Amelia Island Select – 2018
  • Lot: 224
  • Status: Consignment
  • Year: 2003
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: Z8 Alpina

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