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Headline:ALPINA at MPH03Date:14/12/2003
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Review:ALPINA at London MPH03 show

ALPINA had just one car at the show - but what a car - a dark blue Z4 roadster featuring the 3.4S engine - 300bhp, manual (the only option currently available in the UK).

The car was wearing 19inch dynamic wheels on the drivers side, that looked amazing. On the passenger side the car wore classic wheels. This was a similar approach with the wheels as was done at Frankfurt.

In my opinion the car looked far sexier than the red one used in Frankfurt and Tokyo.


Like the 6-Series the front of the car is a bit nice for me, but the ALPINA front lip certainly improves things. Nice touches were the interior detailing, Alpina emblem stitched on the backs of the seats; the wind cowling also featured a ALPINA emblem; and classiest of all the door shuts were a stamped metallic featuring ALPINA Roadster 3.4S.



I'd noticed Nick Godfrey (the UK ALPINA boss)on the stand when I was walking across and so asked him a few questions about the car and the coming year.

Nick said he was very optimistic about the car - he reckons it is really going to sell well and given the show car I cannot argue. Certainly in the short time I was with him a number of people showed serious interest.



Nick also talked frankly about the 5 and 6 Series - indicating that the B7 (4.4litre V8 supercharged) engine would be coming in both guises. He also indicated that it was unlikely that there would be a 3.4 litre version too. The news about the 3.4 is a bit disappointing but can be attributed to the poor B10 sales in comparison to sales of the V8 and subsequent V8s.

The B7 will start appearing in June 2004.



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