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2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8

  • 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 Base Roadster Convertible

    Base Roadster Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      375/383
    • ENGINE
      4.8L V8
    • MSRP
      $136,900
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2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 Review

Quality, performance, style, and safety all flow well together in this vehicle.

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Overview

The 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 is a close relative to the 2003 BMW Z8. It is, however, the pampered relative. It comes with an excellent stability system. The 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 comes with a curvy body design, a long hood and a shorter rear end. It has an attractive body and is quite the attention-grabber.

The Range

Body Styles: roadster convertible
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: BMW Alpina Roadster V8

What's New

Everything about the 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 is special. It is a BMW Z8 with an automatic transmission. It is a partnership model between BMW and Alpina and it comes with an Alpina-made V-8 engine. It comes with 20-inch wheels and a sleek body design. The partnership between BMW and Alpina makes what was an awesome BMW Z8 into a racecar and gave it the name BMW Alpina Roadster V8.

Exterior

The 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 comes with body color bumpers in the front and the rear. It has chrome door mirrors on the exterior. The vehicle rides on 20-inch x 10.0-inch alloy wheels and 285/30R Y performance tires. It comes with speed-sensitive wipers and a removable convertible rooftop, which is power retractable. The vehicle is 72 inches wide, 51.9 inches high, 173.2 inches long, and sits on a 98.6-inch wheelbase. When the retractable rooftop removed, the 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 has 5.1 cubic feet cargo capacity.

Interior

The 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 has a six-way power passenger and driver seats. The leather front seats are height-adjustable. The interior has a leather steering wheel, and there is leather on the center console, on the dashboard, on the doors and on the shift knob. The leather has an alloy trim on the doors and on the front console. The power features on the 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 include power door locks, and power windows.

The interior dashboard has a clock and an entertainment system. The entertainment system features ten speakers, 250 watts stereo output speakers, two subwoofers, and an AM/FM with a CD-changer. The multiple CD-changer nests under the seat. The 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 also includes a CD-based navigation system with voice directions, and wired for hands-free calling.

The doors have pockets and the front console has storage. The speed-proportional power steering comes in a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The steering wheel has audio and cruise controls on it. The driver gets an electro-chromatic rearview mirror that dims the glare of vehicles in the rear at night. For convenience, the 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 has air conditioning and reading lights. The interior dimensions are 37.2 inches headroom, 42.8 inches legroom, and 55.2 inches shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 comes with a powerful, 4.8-liter V-8 that produces 375 hp at 5800 rpm, and 383 lb-ft torque at 3800 rpm, with a double overhead cam (DOHC), 32 valves, and variable valve timing (VVT). It is a rear-drive vehicle, with a five-speed shift-automatic transmission. The suspension system comes with MacPherson strut suspension, Multi-link rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension.

Safety

The post-impact safety fittings on the 2003 BMW Alpina Roadster V8 include side-mounted airbags for the driver and passenger. It comes with height-adjustable headrests that protect occupants from neck injuries and whiplash. The seatbelts come with a pre-tension system that tightens and holds seat occupants in place during sharp braking or in an impact.

For pre-impact safety, the BMW Alpina Roadster V8 comes with four-wheel anti-lock brake systems (ABS), and ventilated front and rear disc brakes. It comes with safety systems including emergency braking assist system, stability and traction control systems, and electronic brake-force distribution system. The vehicle also comes with high-intensity and high-pressure xenon headlamps, daytime running lights, fog lights, and self-leveling headlamps.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW Alpina Roadster V8: 14/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Attractive exterior
  • Comfortable drive
  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Suspension system
  • Safety system
  • Entertainment system

You Won't Like

  • Price tag

Sum Up

Quality, performance, style, and safety all flow well together in this vehicle.

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