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The press days for the Frankfurt Motor Show have come and gone and Alpina , finally made the long awaited preview of their tuning program for the BMW 6-Series Convertible. .

Called the ’B6 Bi-Turbo Cabrio’, Alpina has improved the luxury cabriolet’s performance capabilities by adding its own twin-turbo system - hence the name - together with MAHLE pistons and a high-performance cooling system.

As a result, the 6-Series Convertible’s 4.4-liter V8 engine gained some significant ponies, pushing the standard output of 400 horsepower and 450 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 500 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 516 lb/ft of torque between 3,000 and 4,750 rpm. Alpina also revised the gearbox on the car, putting in a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Together with this revised gearbox, the 25% increase in output allows the Alpina-tuned ’B6 Bi-Turbo Cabrio’ to hit 0-62 mph in just 4.8 seconds (up from 4.9) with a top speed hitting an impressive 193 mph, a stark improvement from the standard model’s electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

On top of that, the Alpina-tuned 6-Series Convertible averages 10.9 L/100km (25.9 mpg UK / 21.5 mpg US) and emits 255 g/km, impressive numbers for a car of this stature.

The car will make its official debut in Geneva next March, but at the very least, we’re getting a good idea on what Alpina has done to improve on the 6-Series Convertible’s already impressive performance capabilities.

German tuning company, Alpina , has created a new program based on the BMW 5-Series which they’re calling the D5 Bi-Turbo. Comprised mostly of performance modifications, the D5 Bi-Turbo features a re-tuned version of the car’s original 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six diesel engine that produces an improved output of 345 horsepower. Count that up compared to the standard output of 245 horsepower and that’s an improvement of 100 ponies.

What’s more fascinating about Alpina’s program is that the company was able to manipulate the car’s fuel system to generate the same fuel-efficiency rating for the D5 Bi-Turbo - 6.2 liters/100 km, 37.9 mpg - with the BMW 530d. That may not look all that impressive, but considering the fact that the latter only produces 240 horsepower, you’ll be able to piece together exactly why that’s something worth your attention.

Moving out from under the hood, other important modifications done on the car include a revised suspension system with shorter springs, a new ZF SWITCH-TRONIC eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission, and a new set of 20" Alpina Classic rims that come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

By no means are we brushing off the D5 Bi-Turbo as just another impressive work in a long list of programs Alpina has done over the years. Despite the minimal changes done on anything that can’t be found under the bonnet, Alpina Alpina ’s D5 Bi-Turbo still warrants some serious attention, especially for those that put premium on substance over style.

Back in July of last year, we were introduced to theBMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Well, now it looks like the Geneva Motor Show is going to be the stage for the touring version of the Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo to make its debut.

Not a lot of information was bared on what kind of aerodynamic changes the station wagon is going to come with, but we do know that it will offer the same powertrain as that of the sedan version, which will be a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 507 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque and mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The only difference - albeit a pretty small one - is that the sedan version posts a slightly faster 0-60 mph time - 4.7 seconds to 4.8 - compared to the touring version of the B5 Bi-Turbo. Likewise, the sedan version peaks at a slightly higher top speed of 191 mph compared to touring version’s 187 mph top speed.

The good thing is that the Geneva Motor Show will open its doors in less than a week so whatever curiosities we may have of this car we’ll be answered sooner than later.

After being teased two weeks ago, the Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo made its official debut today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car will go on sale this fall and is expected to be priced at £70,000 (around $105,00 at the current exchange rates).

The Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo is powered by a tuned version of BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers 500 HP and 516 lb ft of torque. The engine will be coupled to a a modified version of ZF’s eight-speed automatic gearbox. With this amount of power the new B5 Bi-Turbo will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and will be capable of hitting a top speed of 191 mph.

And to the tuning house’s credit, they didn’t push the envelope with the B5 Bi-Turbo’s design, opting for a conservative approach that only includes new body kits on the 5-Series’ front lip spoiler and rocket panels, in addition, of course, to a new set of multispoke wheels.

Source: Autocar

There has been a lot of people following the rumors surrounding the Alpina B5 Bi Turbo and a lot of attempts at creating a rendering of what this highly anticipated car would end up looking like. Finally, we are able to put some of those presumptions to rest. Alpina Alpina has unveiled today the first image of the B5 Bi-Turbo that will be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed on July 1-4, 2010. Based on the BMW 5-Series , the B5 Bi-Turbo combines luxurious performance, elegant styling, sporty handling, and exclusivity.

The new BMW ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo combines all of these elements to project a fresh and modern design much like the 2010 BMW Alpina B3 S Biturbo with more of an Alpina B7 look to it.

No details are being divulged as of yet - again, we’re not surprised - but knowing these guys and their capabilities in tuning up BMWs, we figure that it’s going to have something along the lines of what they placed under the hood of their previous work-of-art, the Alpina 7-Series Bi-Turbo. That, of course, was a 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces as much as 500 horsepower and 536 lb/ft of torque. We likey a lot.

And to the tuning house’s credit, they didn’t push the envelope with the B5 Bi-Turbo’s design, opting for a conservative approach that only includes new body kits on the 5-Series’ front lip spoiler and rocket panels, in addition, of course, to a new set of multispoke wheels.

Stay tuned for more updates from Alpina leading up to the B5 Bi-Turbo’s debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in a month’s time.

Press release after the jump.

This BMW 6 Series racing prototype is in the process of being transformed into a GT1 spec by two tuning houses, both of which have a long history of ramping up past BMWs and turning them into full-fledged racing machines.

Initially a 6-Series, this car was taken in by tuning house Alpina and turned it into what they call the ’B6’. But, apparently, one tuner isn’t enough for this wunderkind of a vehicle. As soon as it was tuned by Alpina, Aurora Racing Designs took it off the former’s hands to convert the B6 into a race-ready GT1 spec.

There aren’t a lot of specifics that have been disclosed yet, but with former McLaren engineer Nicholas Galbraith and ex-Alpina race designer Andreas Puschel taking the mantle from Alpina in further tuning the car, we’re confident that this B6 GT1 could become something more than just a tuned-up show car. If things work out, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see this car lining up on a racing grid in the very near future.

Source: GT1 World

Alpina unveiled the B3 S Biturbo at the Geneva Motor Show. The tuning kit will be available for Sedan, Coupe, Estate and Convertible 3-Series and is based on improving especially the car’s performances.

The 3.0-liter engine has been tuned to deliver an impressive 400hp at 6000rpm with a maximum torque of 397lbs-ft at 4500rpm. the result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.

In order to obtain this impressive performances, Alpina optimized the air intake and air filter, added a new exhaust system, installed high-strength MAHLE pistons and also added a high-performance cooling system.

The car sits on 19" light-alloy wheels with a three-dimensional sweep, each of them carrying 20 spokes. The interior gets leather sport seats, the ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC leather sports steering and blue ALPINA instrument display.

Press release after the jump.

First offered as a limited edition in 2007 and 2008, the BMW Alpina B7 will join again the BMW’s line-up as a 2011 model. It will be based on the BMW 7 Series platform and will go on sale in the spring. The official debut will be made in February at the Chicago Auto Show.

Alpina B7 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4,5 seconds.

The B7 also features electronically-adjustable suspension with active roll stabilization, with three distinct suspension set-ups: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

On the exterior there is a deeper front air dam and a rear decklid spoiler, a sport exhaust system with two double tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper and 21-inch, 20-spoke Alpina Alpina wheels. The interior is completed by Alpina blue illuminated door sill trims, the SWITCH-TRONIC steering wheel in hand-stitched LAVALINA leather, and the Black-Panel LCD screen instrument cluster branded with Alpina .

Updated 02/02/2010: BMW today announced prices for the Alpina B7 Sedan that will go on sale this spring. The 2011 BMW Alpina B7 Alpina B7 sedan will retail for $122,875 (standard wheelbase) and $126,775 (extended wheelbase). Both prices include $875 Destination & Handling. The full complement of BMW 7 Series exterior colors remains available, in addition to the signature Alpina Blue metallic paint.

Press release after the jump.

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Luxury tuners Alpina are responsible for taking care of the lack of an M inspired version of BMW’s larger limousine. Based on the BMW 7 Series the B7 Biturbo combines exclusiveness, athleticism and comfort in perfect harmony to create a high performance saloon. The engine output has been raised to 507 HP thanks to the turbochargers. The suspension is electronically adjustable, ready for any situation and because it is an Alpina the vehicle rests on the signature 20 spoke 21 inch Alpina Classic wheel.

Press release after the jump.

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BMW tuners ALPINA have created a very likely sedan successor to their acclaimed D3 Bi-turbo coupe . Aside from the typical interior and exterior treatments from the luxury tuners, ALPINA begins the process by removing the turbocharged four cylinder engine from a BMW 123d and transplants it into a full size 3 series sedan . The 2.0 liter engine is then tweaked to produce a maximum output of 214 HP, generating more horsepower per liter than any other ALPINA road car. The vehicle can accelerate to 60 MPH (100 km/h) in only 6.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 152 MPH, while returning around 50 MPG.

If you still don’t believe in the performance diesel? Check out this video of the D3 and a 330 lapping the Donnington Park racetrack in the heart of Great Britain.

Press release after the jump.


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