E38 BMW 7 Series continues to age like fine wine and gets better every year. With its successors — such as the G11 7 Series LCI and the split-headlight-wearing replacement coming soon — more likely to age like milk, every iteration of the E38 7 Series is becoming more and more desirable. This 1998 ALPINA T12 5.7 is the most desirable, and it’s up for sale at RM Sothebys. This is the stuff of nightmares. You can view the images here, even though we don’t have them.
The ALPINA B12-5.7 model is inspired by the E38 7 series, but it has a lot of ALPINA-specific modifications underneath. It’s the most beautiful 7 Series 7 Series version ever. The perfect E38 shape is still there, but it has ALPINA’s stunning wheels and a lower ride height. It also stands perfectly. The entire package is also in ALPINA Blue, which makes my knees weak.
It’s a fairly standard late-’90s BMW interior, featuring a black leather interior with wood trim and an attractive wooden floor. The ALPINA-colored stitches on the seats and ALPINA logo on steering wheel add a little flair to the interior. For extra vanity, the rear seat has footrests that extend beyond the seatbacks.
The engine is a naturally-aspirated V12 5.7-liter (5,646 cc), which generates 387 horsepower (or 560 Nm) and 413 lb-ft (338 hp) when it’s new. The engine comes paired with an automatic five-speed gearbox that sends power only to the rear wheels. APLINA claims that the B12-5.7 can reach 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds.
Although I have driven E38s, I have never driven one from ALPINA. This car has a lot to offer. I’d love to learn more about it and to own it. This ALPINA 7 Series is my dream car.
Source: RM Sotheby’s
Publited Fri, 30 July 2021 at 00:05.05 +0000