I have a question for all you people here. I was looking through the BMW
website, and I noticed that the Z8 section had been replaced with a car
called the Alpina Roadster V8. Now after browsing through though the pics
and all, the car looks exactly the same as the Z8 and I believe that some
of the pics are the same. So is the Z8 the same thing as the Alpina
Roadster V8, and if so why the hell did they change the name?
BTW, sorry if this is a really stupid question, as I'm not exactly the most up to date person when it comes to cars.
P.S. This was originally posted by me at www.carforums.com but then I realized that the last post was in 2001
The Z8 is no longer in production.
The Alpina Z8 is the 'last of the line' slightly modded limited edition version.
The reason for the change is because the 4.9-liter used in the Z8 wouldn't have met emission standards in the states this year. so BMW comissioned Alpina (a long-time Bimmer tuner) to install a different engine ( a modified version of the X5's 4.6) and an automatic transmission. The automatic was previously unavailable.
There is quite a bit of difference in the powertrain, the z8 had come with the same powertrain as the m5 no it has the M62 engine which has been modified for better performance. Also has an automatic trans available.
I normally have great respect for Alpina, but the Alpina Roadster V8 is more of a poseurs car than the Z8. The engine is torquier but has less horsepower, it rides on twenty-inch Original Alpina Design wheels, and the suspension is softer.