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2003 BMW ALPINA (E39) B10 V8 S TOURING

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This BMW Alpina B10 V8 S Touring is a stunning and highly bespoke ‘super estate’, presented in an eye-catching colour scheme, which is believed to be one of just five right-hand-drive ‘S’ Touring models in the UK.

Originally delivered to Japan, this car was imported to the UK earlier in the year by an Alpina enthusiast, and it was re-registered in March 2020. The odometer shows 132,900 km (82,580 miles) from new. The car is understood to be number 24 of 43 V8 S Touring models built. Furthermore, it is also one of the Japan-market ‘Limited Edition’ models, of which 88 were planned, but only 43 were built – and this is car number 40 of that run, which included both saloons and Touring variants.

The powertrain of the B10 V8 S is based on the architecture of BMW’s 4.4-litre V8 as used in the 540i, but with a completely new block cast specially for Alpina, with a new crankshaft that increases displacement to 4.8 litres, along with revised camshafts and ports, lighter pistons, new piston rings and an improved intake system. The result is 375bhp and 376lb-ft of torque, and it is coupled to the five-speed automatic transmission with Switch-Tronic steering wheel controls.

Its power and torque enable a 0-62mph time of just 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 273km/h (169mph). An E39 M5 is quicker, but tops out at a limited 155mph - and of course it was never available in the Touring body style. The B10 V8 S Touring offers super saloon pace in an even more practical and refined package.

The chassis specification includes uprated twin-tube shock absorbers, along with revised anti-roll bars compared to the 540i model. There are ventilated brake discs all round, and ‘S’ model-specific drilled discs with four-piston Brembo callipers at the front.

The 5-series Touring bodywork is enhanced by the addition of a front spoiler, and this particular car is finished in the stunning Alpina Green paint hue, understood to have been a special order on top of the brand’s already bespoke build process. It is accented by an Alpina graphic ‘deco set’ in gold, featuring the iconic pinstripes across the front bumper and down the waistline. Today, the paintwork presents in superb condition, with the vendor reporting some minor stone chips at the front end. There is of course unique model badging and upgraded exhaust tailpipes, not to mention the trademark Alpina multi-spoke alloy wheels - in this instance with a 19-inch fitment.

In the cabin, Lavalina cream leather upholstery complements the body colour perfectly, and is accented by the familiar green and blue chequered stripes in the centre panels, headrests and door panels, as well as green and blue stitching throughout. The interior is also enhanced by bespoke elm burl wood veneers, adding a touch of sophistication to the already stylish ambience. The upholstery remains in evidently very impressive condition for the age and mileage, with only modest wear.

The original steering wheel is hand-stitched with a black leather rim, and features Alpina branding as well as the Switch-Tronic buttons. Ahead of the driver is a set of Alpina instrument gauges with blue fascias and red needles, with a speedometer marked up to 320km/h. Factory-fitted equipment includes air-conditioning, heated front seats, and cruise control. The vendor reports no electrical issues or warning lights.

Its last scheduled maintenance was carried out in August 2020 at 132,644 km at BMW specialist Autowerx Service Ltd in Milton Keynes, which included a full check-over and gearbox service, new gearbox mounts, and a new prop shaft coupling and bearing. The differential oil was also changed, and a new steering angle sensor was fitted.

The owner has also self-serviced the car since it arrived in the UK, including an oil change, new oil, air and pollen filters, replacement of the rocker cover gaskets, and new spark plugs. The rear drop links were also renewed, along with the rear boot struts, and the vendor has receipts for all of the parts on file. He notes that the car is remarkably clean underneath, with no rust on the chassis or suspension. The front brake discs are also reported to be in great condition.

The first UK MOT test was carried out on 2 March 2020 at 131,800 km, which resulted in a first-time pass with no advisories whatsoever. Its wheels are shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres on all four corners, in size 245/35 R19 at the front and 275/30 R19 at the rear. They are date-coded to 2017 and still have around 6mm of tread.

Accompanying the car is the original Alpina leather wallet with handbooks, as well as some early service history from Japan, plus evidence of all of the work done since arriving in the UK.

This Alpina B10 V8 S Touring is a remarkable modern classic, which boasts a mouthwatering specification, and in this particular colour scheme is understood to be a ‘1 of 1’ vehicle. Fresh from services of both the engine and gearbox within the last six months, this immensely capable estate would make an excellent road trip tourer, but is also ready to steal attention at national or international car shows.

All UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

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