It’s easy to look at any Alpina model and say “That’s just a tuned up BMW.” In one way, you’re right – Vehicles like the Alpina B5 are built on the same chassis as the BMW 5 Series, but there is a lot more to an Alpina than the DNA it shares with its BMW counterpart.
Alpina cars start off being built by BMW, but while BMW is putting together the chassis and body, Alpina is at work hand-building engines. Once BMW receives the hand-built powerplants, they are installed, and the cars are shipped back to Alpina to be completed. In all, each Alpina is equally built by both BMW and Alpina, which is why Alpina is considered a car manufacturer instead of just another tuning firm.
Now that we’ve made our way into the 2016 model year, Alpina has released its newest B5 Biturbo. It comes in two trims – Saloon, which is a four-door sedan, and Touring, which is a wagon. As the company puts it, the Alpina drive experience is unique, best characterized by “effortlessness and powerful confidence.” If you’ve ever gotten the chance to sit behind the wheel of one, you would probably agree. Even if you haven’t, keep reading to find out more about the 2016 Alpina B5.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 BMW Alpina B5 Biturbo.
Half a century ago, Alpina was founded in the German city of Kaufbeuren. Originally a producer of typewriters, the company transitioned into the infinitely more interesting business of making fast BMWs, tweaking carburetors and cylinder heads instead of stringing ink ribbons. In the years that followed, Alpina would produce more than a few successful race cars, eventually moving on to concentrate primarily on street cars in the late ’80s.
To help celebrate its long history of hotrod Bimmers, Alpina has introduced the B6 Bi-Turbo Edition 50. Based on the BMW 6 Series coupe and convertible, Alpina laid its hands on just about every aspect of the stock car, with upgrades applied to the exterior styling, interior equipment, and of course, all those mechanical bits under the skin.
Only 50 examples will be built. As a showcase of Alpina’s tuning prowess, the B6 Edition 50 is sure to provide more than a few incentives for those looking for a Bavarian rocket ship that still comes with an original factory warranty.
Continue reading to learn more about the Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo Edition 50.
German-based car manufacturer Alpina has been making fast Bimmers since the 60s. It takes some of the best that BMW can offer and turns out performance-oriented, tuned-up vehicles laden with go-faster parts and extra luxury. Ctizens of the U.S., however, have had few opportunities for ownership.
It appears as though that’s gradually starting to change. The B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is Alpina’s take on the 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW’s four-door styled as a two-door. This AWD rocket was first seen on American soil last year at the 2014 New York Auto Show, joining the 7 Series-based B7 for Alpina’s two American offerings.
Designated as an exclusive, special-order, limited-production vehicle, the B6 costs a small fortune, but comes with new features and exterior distinctions, not to mention a healthy amount of extra power.
It’s an alternative to an M car, with everything you’d expect from BMW, plus a little more. But is it worth the price?
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe.
While the BMW X3 has been around since 2004, Alpina’s version of it, the XD3 Bi-Turbo, has been only been around since 2014. Like all other Alpina models, the XD3 is based on the production Bimmer, but with a handful of exterior and interior updates, and a nice power bump as well. For the 2015 model year, the XD3 inherits all of the styling updates of the 2015 X3.
Some people mistakenly consider Alpina a BMW tuner, when in fact it is its own automaker as recognized by the German Ministry of Transport. Additionally, Alpina and BMW actually work closely with one another, and many of Alpina’s manufacturing processes are built directly into BMW’s production line. How many tuners can you think of who work that closely with a major automaker? I can’t think of a single one.
So, how does the XD3 stack up against the big boys of the luxury SUV world?
Click past the jump to read my full review of the Alpina XD3 Bi -Turbo to find out.
The Alpina-BMW love affair goes back all the way to 1965, when the small Bavarian company began tuning carburetors and cylinder heads in a typewriter factory. Yes, that’s right, Alpina started as an office machinery company. The small venture began making a name for itself in the early 1970s by building a few BMWs that went on to win prestigious racing events and series such as the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championship and the Spa 24 Hours race.
More than forty years have passed since its 2800CS wowed the crowds, and Alpina established itself as a semi-official tuner whose creations can be found in between the stock BMW and the more potent vehicles delivered by the M Performance division. Well, sort of, but we’ll get back on that later in this review.
Moving on, Alpina’s latest creation, which is set to make it first public appearance on American soil at the 2014 New York Auto Show, is the 2015 B6 xDrive Gran Coupe — a more powerful and exclusive version of the BMW 650i Gran Coupe.
The all-wheel-drive performance sedan will become the second Alpina model to go on sale in the United States, where it will be joining the larger, 7 Series-based B7.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe.
BMW tuner extraordinaire Alpina is at the Tokyo Motor Show and it’s displaying a new program with it for the auto world to see. This one, called the B4 BiTurbo Coupe, is based on the BMW 4 Series, and true to Alpina’s reputation, the program comes chock-full with upgrades that have effectively turned the 4 Series into a real performance machine.
You expect something like this from Alpina, especially when you take into account its history of building some of the nastiest programs for BMW vehicles. With the new 4 Series, the German tuner’s capabilities now extends to another model.
That’s all well and good because you can’t have enough Alpina-tuned BMWs running around the streets this day. This one’s a real treat, too. It has some subtle yet effective aero updates, an awesome performance modification and added work done on the chassis and suspension of the sports coupe.
Everything’s here, really, and a good way for Alpina to start its 4 Series programs.
Updated 11/21/2013: Alpina has revealed all of the official details on its all-new B4 Coupe. See more after the jump.
Click past the jump to read more about the Alpina B4 BiTurbo Coupe.
At the end of the 2011, Alpina unveiled a very cool package for the 2012 BMW 3-Series, dubbed the "B3 GT3." And now, Sport Auto’s test drive editor Christian Gebhardt got behind the wheel of the B3 GT3 and had his way with it. He took the car up to an impressive top speed of 190 mph, just 2 mph under the top speed announced by Alpina.
As a reminder, the BMW B3 GT3 by Alpina is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 402 HP and a peak torque of 398 lb-ft. This engine sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. The only downside to the 2012 B3 GT3 program is that Alpina will only build 99 units of it, but there may be some left to snatch up. The cost for one has been pegged at €90,000, which is around $121,300 based on current exchange rates.
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.
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.
20 years have passed since Alpina factory team used their cars in a race. Now the famous Bmw tuner is getting ready to debut in the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championship with a brand new specially equiped Bmw 6 Series. Called B6 GT3, the vehicle features the 4,4 l V8 ALPINA engine from the B6 S capable of delivering 530 hp and 725 Nm of torque and is ready to face rivals such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin.
For those who are interested in buying cars like the B6 GT3, they have to know that Alpina will also sell race cars to private parties, collectors and race teams.
Press release after the jump!
The history of the Alpina D3 begun in 2006 at the Geneva motor Show and since then the tuning company sold 850 units. Not this successful story will go on with the D3 Biturbo, a tuning kit based on the current 3-series.
The D3 Biturbo is powered by a bi-turbocharged version of the two-liters diesel engine found on the BMW 123d. The turbochargers now help the engine to develop a power of 214 hp and a peak torque of 450 Nm. This means a high performance of 107 hp per liter engine capacity.
An alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox is a sequential automatic gearbox called "Switchtronic". The performance of both variants are the same: the acceleration to 100 km/h occurs in 6.9 seconds, and the top speed is 244 km/h. According to Alpina, the average consumption of the D3 bi-turbo, depending on the gearbox, is between 5.4 and 5.6 liters.
The D3 Bi-turbo is being offered with the initial bars, a front spoiler, floor mats, an exhaust system, sport suspension, and the typical instruments with a blue background and the Alpina alloy rims in classical design.