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.
Back in the 1980s, the German luxury car scene was still taking shape, and M and AMG hadn’t quite gained their footing with retail customers yet. That said, BMW tuner extraordinaire, Alpina, which is actually registered as an official automaker in Germany, was in full swing modifying Bimmers and selling them under its own nameplate. One said machine was the 1986 Alpina B6 3.5, which was a BMW 325i body and chassis with a 3.5-liter engine, tons of performance goodies, and suspension system that was great for the era.
With one of these icons of the German performance world for sale on Ebay, I decided to take a look back at the 1986 Alpina B6 3.5 and give you a rundown of just how amazing it was. I also took a look at how it compared to its main rival, the Brabus 190E 3.6.
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Alpina has a rich, 50-year history with BMW. The pair have built some of the most impressive luxury and performance vehicles ever to roll off a German assembly line. Unlike aftermarket tuners that begin work with a finished production car, Alpina works directly with BMW inside its factories to build specialty vehicles for the most picky of customers. The pair’s latest products are diesel-powered 4 Series coupe and convertible. Starting with the bones of the 4 Series, Alpina juices up the 3.0-liter, bi-turbo, inline six-cylinder to make an impressive 350 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Sadly, the oil-burner is not available in U.S.-spec 4 Series BMWs. Those across the pond will enjoy the benefits of diesel, getting more than 44 mpg on the highway. The added grunt to this twin-turbo beast means sub five-second zero to 60 mph times.
Alpina didn’t just make the D4 Biturbo faster. Added to the running gear are auxiliary springs with thicker anti-roll bars and adjusted camber and toe-in settings for the Alpina-specific wheels and Michelin Super Sport summer tires. The car already makes use of electronically controlled dampers that give the driver adjustability in the suspension. BMW’s limited-slip differential helps put power to the ground.
Click past the jump for more on the BMW Alpina D4 Biturbo.
You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking anyone setting out to make a better 2015 BMW M4 was on a fool’s errand. Journalists and critics have been known to use the M-Series as a benchmark for the segment. With a 3.0-liter, straight-six engine singing to a tune of 425 horsepower at the rear wheels, plus some of the best suspension in the business and the sort of high-end luxury you’d expect from BMW, making a better yardstick is far from simple.
However, there’s one company that’s proven time and again that BMW’s best can indeed be improved upon. In fact, Bavarian performance house Alpina has been doing it since the 60s. The company prides itself as a manufacturer, rather than a tuner, a claim backed by the close relationship Alpina enjoys with the German automaker.
Alpina’s latest effort begins with the diesel version of the 2014 BMW 4-Series, which promptly receives a barrage of subtle and not-so-subtle improvements to the exterior, interior, and performance pieces, rendering a vehicle that’s more than capable of challenging an M4. Vital stats are listed as such: an eight-speed gearbox is mated to a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six to produce 350 horsepower and an outrageous 516 pound-feet of torque, blessing the luxury coupe with a 0-to-100-km/h time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 173 mph. That’s squarely in M4 territory, and since it’s a diesel, you’ll get some very nice mileage stats to boot, with an advertised rate of around 44 mpg. Throw in the fact that the D4 Biturbo is cheaper than an M4, and suddenly, there might just be more than one yardstick to choose from.
In this video review, Autocar takes the Alpina out to some leaf-strewn country roads for a shakedown of what it’s like to drive, both tooling along normally, and crossed up with smoke billowing from the rear. While the reviewer is clearly in love with the machine, that’s ok: we totally understand. Now if only we could find one in a dealership on this side of the Atlantic…
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.
What happens when you pit a Dodge Challenger SRT8 against a big and heavy luxury limousine? Any rational person would bet heavily on the lighter Challenger, but there is on small exception about the nearly 4,700-pound competitor... it happens to be the Alpine B7 with a snarling V-8 under its hood. Now, that seems like a fair challenge, but that weight difference is a tough one to overcome.
So, here we have two V-8-powered cars; one is a coupe that is built to go fast and the other is a comfortable saloon that also has a little muscle behind it. The Challenger’s 6.4-liter V-8 puts out a very respectable 470 horsepower, but the 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 under the BMW Alpina B7’s hood makes 540 German-engineered horsepower. Now things are looking a little better matched...
So, who wins: raw American muscle or the nearly 550-horsepower luxury rig that is at a 500-pound disadvantage? Watch the above video to find out.
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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.
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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.
The AlpinaAlpina B6 GT3 made its world debut today at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the BMW 6 Series Alpina will enter two B6 GT3 race cars in the FIA GT3 European Championship.
The B6 GT3 is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 with what Alpina is calling a radial compressor (centrifugal supercharger), taken from the BMW ALPINA B6 S. The power plant produces 530 HP and 725Nm of torque.
"Due to the low centre of gravity, it feels more like a Formula race car than a Touring Car," says test driver Andreas Bovensiepen. The driver also said that the car handled its first 300 Km/h run beautifully and that he is very impressed with the lack of problems during the shake down runs. The car is still undergoing testing before the beginning of the 2009 racing season.
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!
Grand Tourers have a long tradition at ALPINA. It began with the legendary BMW ALPINA 3,0 CSL lightweight Coupé in the early 1970s, a car that caused a great furore, both as a race car and as a street car. It was with this car that ALPINA won the European Touring Car Championship in 1973 and 1977. Since it débuted in 1978, friends of BMW 6 Series Coupés have awarded the 300 bhp BMW ALPINA B7 Turbo Coupé with 330 bhp / 512 Nm in the S-Version) cult status, making it a desired collector’s car. The elegant BMW 8 Series was the basis for the BMW ALPINA B12 5,7 Coupé, identifiable at a glance thanks to its carbon-fibre bonnet with NACA ducts.
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500 horsepower, 700 Nm – absurd in an open-topped sports car? Far from it. The V8’s beguiling ound and opulent torque entice the driver to glide along in a relaxed fashion, any and all red-line orgies far afield, much like cruising on a Harley Davidson. This provides the time to drink in the top-down melànge of breezes, scents and sounds ALPINA present the B6 Cabrio – a viable alternative – combining performance and luxury with a high degree of everyday (...)