BMW ALPINA cars are the only ones to have exclusive paint finishes ALPINA Blue metallic or ALPINA green metallic. It’s fitting that all ALPINA cars can have the beautiful paintworks. The last ALPINA B8 Gran Coupe is no exception.
The new gallery shows the sleek, sporty, four-door Gran Coupe in the green. It was taken near Monterey Beach. It’s more than the color alone that instantly points to ALPINA models. The B8 Gran Coupe is shown with all the ALPINA design elements as well as the M carbon roof. This luxury four-door coupe features many other ALPINA design elements, such as modified aprons at the front and back, and an exhaust system that has four tailpipes. Also, 21-inch forged wheels with classic multi-spoke designs are included.
Inside, the cabin is covered in swathes of rich leather, with the steering wheel wrapped in ALPINA’s signature LAVALINA leather. Elegant ALPINA details, such as illuminated ALPINA door sills or the iDrive controller in crystal glass with a lasered ALPINA logo, as well as the standard ALPINA interior trim in Walnut Anthracite high-gloss, set exclusive accents.
Obviously, the ALPINA B8 Gran Coupe starts life as a BMW M850i Gran Coupe but after the team at ALPINA is done with it, the B8 is a superior machine. For starters, the BMW 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 is taken out, torn down, and fitted with a ton of new kit. The usual ALPINA engine treatment involves replacing the pistons, intercooler, intake manifold, exhaust manifold, fitting larger twin-scroll turbochargers, and giving it its own bespoke tune.
All of which combines to make 612 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. While that isn’t a drastic improvement over the M850i’s engine (523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft) on paper, the two engines feel drastically different on the road, as judged by the ALPINA B7 and XB7. The ALPINA version is smoother, more responsive, packs a bigger punch, and even sounds better. The latter of which is amplified by an ALPINA-specific stainless steel exhaust system, designed to enhance the sound of the big V8.
The ALPINA B8 Gran Coupe starts at $139,000. It is cheaper than the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition. However, it serves a different clientele.
Publiated at Sun 29 August 2021, 20:28.40 +0000