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It's Starting to Sound Like BMW M and ALPINA Are Going to Clash

It’s Starting to Sound Like BMW M and ALPINA Are Going to Clash

BMW’s M division could look really different in a few years.

For nearly six decades ALPINA has been an independent company building modified BMWs. They were usually similar to the in-house M models with more power and occasionally different suspension and handling setups. However, the ALPINAs were designed with a more luxurious attitude, forgoing all-out power and speed. Now, with BMW officially bringing Alpina under its roof, the ultimate driving machine may be taking more and more steps towards luxury and customer customization.

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2023 Alpina XB7 – What to Expect in 2023

2023 Alpina XB7 – What to Expect in 2023

The Alpina XB7 goes into production in December 2022 for the U.S. market and should hit the road in the first quarter of 2023

BMW just launched the updated X7 with a new design, updated iDrive 8 infotainment system, and a new hybrid assist system that increases efficiency across the board and supplies a boost of power to the entry-level xDrive 40i. These updates will also carry over to the Alpina XB7 as well, the highlight of which will be an impressive increase in horsepower that will be enough to put the XB7 at the top of the hierarchy.

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2023 Alpina B4 Gran Coupe

2023 Alpina B4 Gran Coupe

Performance-wise, the Alpina B4 Gran Coupe will be placed in between the M4 and the M4 Competition

When BMW launched the 4 Series Gran Coupe back in 2021, it made it very clear that an M performance version will never happen. But that’s okay, because Alpina just launched something a little bit better than the M4 Gran Coupe. Spied testing quite a few times before, the new B4 Gran Coupe will be put on sale in June of 2022.

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Alpina and BMW Are Officially A Couple – Here's What It Means

Alpina and BMW Are Officially A Couple – Here’s What It Means

BMW has taken the plunge and acquired Alpina, opening a new path into the future

BMW M models are great – they provide awesome performance, outrageous handling, and hard-to-rival on-track performance. But, if you want something that’s over the top and tuned more toward luxury and comfortable driving, that’s where Alpina comes in, at an added cost, of course. Alpina has made a name for itself by catering to people who want an ultimate driving machine but spend 99-percent of the time on well unmaintained public roads and not on the track. Alpina’s special tuning turns any BMW into a magic carpet that floats seamlessly down the road, generally looks better on the outside, and has a few extra luxury bits on the inside. Up until this point, Alpina has worked closely with BMW and even had the ability to access vehicles before they were released to the public but worked independently. All of this, however, will change in the near future as BMW just acquired Alpina, something that secures the latter’s long-term future but calls into question what it all means for the Alpina brand.

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2022 BMW ALPINA B4 Gran Coupe Prototype Reveals New Details

2022 BMW ALPINA B4 Gran Coupe Prototype Reveals New Details

The BMW Alpina B4 Gran Coupe reveals more of its exterior, as it almost entirely drops the camouflage

If you follow everything revolving around BMW’s cars, you know that every time the Bavarian carmaker brings out a new model, it’s only a matter of time before Alpina makes its own version of it. The Bavarian-based tuning company is operating independently, since 1983 and now, it’s cooking up its own version of BMW’s 4-Series Gran Coupe in the form of the Alpina B4 Gran Coupe, which was recently spied testing.

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The Craziest Alpina Cars

The Craziest Alpina Cars

Ever since its inception, Alpina has been tastefully filling niches wherever BMW wouldn’t or couldn’t

Alpina’s knack for tweaking BMWs has its roots in the early 1960s, when Burkard Bovensiepen wanted to make his BMW 1500 go faster and developed a Weber dual carburettor system. Since then, Alpina’s road to tuning excellence took the trajectory of a steady upward curve sprinkled with rad builds that didn’t just offer more power or more torque, but a complete package of tweaks that complemented the extra oomph. We’ll be looking at some of them in the following lines.

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The Alpina Story - From Typewriters to BMWs

The Alpina Story - From Typewriters to BMWs

A lesson in finding niches and filling them up in style

The story of Alpina began in 1962, when a young engineering student named Burkard Bovensiepen mounted a Weber dual carburettor to his BMW 1500. The carburettor system was manufactured in Burkard father’s precision component factory and the way it changed the performance of the 1500 caught a lot of attention from a lot of people. The rest, as they say, is history.

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2020 Alpina B3 Saloon

2020 Alpina B3 Saloon

The Alpina B3 Saloon is here to take your money before the new M3 does

Where do you go when you want a car that looks like a BMW and still is a BMW deep inside, but sports subtle design tweaks, boosted powerplants, and new badges without looking over the top and rather elegant instead? Well, if you’re thinking Alpina, then you’re absolutely right. The firm calls itself a manufacturer because it does not offer aftermarket kits, tuning chips, of mods, but instead, it delivers BMW-based models that have been tweaked from the ground up. Alpina’s latest product, the B3 saloon, just took the stage in Tokyo, so why don’t we get to learn what’s it all about?

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2018 Alpina B5 Touring

2018 Alpina B5 Touring

The Alpina B5 Touring was caught testing on the Nürburgring

It wasn’t all that long ago that we heard rumors about a BMW M5 Wagon being in the works, but so far we have yet to see an official example. But, not all is lost, as sneaky cameramen have managed to catch what we believe to be the Alpina B5 Touring putting in some beautiful work on the Nürburgring. For now, the Audi RS6 Avant and the AMG E63 Wagon have been dominating this specific segment, but this B5 Touring mule tells us that an M5 Touring is certainly on its way. For those of you who haven’t been keeping track, BMW hasn’t had an M5 Touring since the E61 Touring that was produced from 2007 to 2010, and even then it never made it to the U.S.

According to our camera crew, the B5 Touring you see here was actually making some rather quick laps on the ‘Ring, but that doesn’t mean it will get to us any quicker. It would be blasphemy for Alpina to drop the B5 Touring before the BMW-branded M5 hit the streets. The M5 should be revealed around this time next year, so you can expect the Alpina B5 and D5 – it’s diesel-drinking, torque-producing cousin – to be officially revealed sometime after that.

So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the spy shots we have here today and talk a little more about the Alpina B5 Touring.

Continue reading to learn more about the Alpina B5 Touring.

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2016 BMW Alpina B5 Biturbo

2016 BMW Alpina B5 Biturbo

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.

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2016 Alpina B7

2016 Alpina B7

Until BMW musters up the courage to introduce the M7, enthusiasts will have to keep looking to Alpina if they want a sporty version of the 7 Series. In the case of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, it doesn’t look like they’ll have to wait very long. New spy shots seem to show BMW testing the 2016 Alpina B7, and while details are non-existent, it’s a welcome sign that this sport-tuned version is being tested so soon after the sixth-gen 7 Series was released just last month.

Like the U.S.-bound 2016 7 Series, this B7 was spotted in the long-wheelbase configuration, and it would seem that this powerful offering could be ready soon after this fall’s launch of the standard 7 Series lineup. From the rumors that are starting to swirl about this latest Alpina-tuned BMW, this is going to be one impressive way to mark 50 years of Alpina performance cars.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Alpina B7.

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Alpina History In 10 Minutes: Video

Alpina History In 10 Minutes: Video

Alpina is celebrating 50 years of modifying BMWs in 2015 and has just released a 10-minute video that showcases some of the brand’s most important moments. From the car that started it all, the 1500 model BMW launched at the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show, to the latest range of Alpina-badged cars, company founder Burkard Bovensiepen talks about what made Alpina one of the most celebrated BMW tuners in the world.

Alpina also invited two of the drivers that helped the brand achieve important victories on the race track: Niki Lauda and Hans Stuck. While Lauda remembers how Bovensiepen asked him to pull his Alpina into the pit lane to have it cleaned before it crossed the finish line at Nurburgring, Stuck shares some of the pranks he pulled on Alpina’s head honcho.

The video also includes insight on how Burkard founded the company back in the day. Interesting facts here include that the Alpina name is related to the fact that the initial shop was located near the Alps and that the name was originally can be traced to Bovensiepen’s father, whose company produced office machinery. Yup, Alpina built typewriters long before it modified its first BMW 1500.

But you can find out more on that and other interesting stories about Alpina in the footage above. Hit the play button for 50 years of Alpina history squeezed into just 10 minutes. If you don’t speak German you’ll have to read the captions, but it’s worth it!

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