Japanese Alpina 7 Series
On a recent trip with Park and Watanabe-san to the SuperAutobacs near Kashiwa we encountered this stunner. I’m not as informed as other when it comes to everything BMW but I haven’t seen anything of the Alpina line in America. It was only the M series that stood out there. But here in Japan it seems that the M is standard, at least I think Japanese people have a certain mind set where they want to have the best of the best, but who knows. I occasionally see a 3 series Alpina’s and there is actually a guy that lives near me with a British Racing Green 5 series Alpina so I seem him once in a while.
However, this was a treat. I know from hearing the stories that BMW’s are a complete pain to work on. I haven’t worked on them at all but and don’t really have an interest in owning one but I do admire them.
However, I surely wouldn’t mind owning a E38 like this. I’ve always liked this particular model and for cruising it would be awesome. It has a relatively aggressive look but is also subtle and has clean lines. It’s the master of class. The newer ones have so many curves and look a little flamboyant. Not that I dislike them, I’d just rather have one of these any day.
The big Alpina wheels fit nice and snug with a suitable amount of wheel gap to look sporty but also contribute to the handling. I see people who take the newer 7 series and throw on bigger wheels and lower profile tires and I just don’t get it. By doing that you are sacrificing the smooth ride for something a little rougher that might handle around corners better. Also, you lose the ability to stop and accelerate at the same rate with lower profile tires. I guess some people just love the look. I don’t know if it would be worth it though, I don’t see to many people touge’ing 7 series BMW’s on the mountains. But doing what you want with a car is what drives this society.
Lastly, if you own one of these in Japan you are likely to be a bad ass with a ton of money. These are not the lightest of cars and I’m assuming that even if you have a free parking spot because you live in Chiba, the weight road tax would be insane on a car like this. Cheers to this guy for forking out the cash to have this on the road. Who ever you maybe be, keep this thing rolling!