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The Alpina came only as an automatic, using a five-speed BMW
Steptronic transmission allied to a downgraded 4.6 L Alpina-tuned
V8 motor from the Alpina E39 B10 V8 S (M62). In order to complete
the car's transition from sportscar to boulevardier, relaxed
suspension tuning was used. The standard Z8's run-flat tires and 18
inch wheels were discarded in favor of conventional tires with
softer sidewalls, and 20 inch wheels. A new, softer grade of Nappa
leather replaced the Z8's less supple specification, and special
Alpina gauges were featured on the dash cluster. An Alpina steering
wheel with three solid spokes replaced the original, which could
not be retrofitted with shift paddles for the automatic. Gear
selection was displayed in an Alpina-specific display mounted in
front of the wheel.
Performance of the Alpina V8 differed from that of the standard car in that peak power was reduced to 375 hp while peak torque was raised to 383 lb�ft. This torque was available at significantly lower rpm than the original in order to enable more relaxed cruising. Curiously, the electronically limited top speed was officially raised to 161 mph.
Only 555 of these Alpinas were built, 450 of which were exported to the U.S.
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