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The Alpina B3 is Just a 3 Series That's Better in Every Way

The Alpina B3 is Just a 3 Series That’s Better in Every Way

The updated Alpina B3 comes with a fresh look, more power, and a sensual interior

After the 3 Series received the anticipated facelift in May 2022, it was inevitable for the BMW’s luxury line, Alpina to release the B3 models, along with the diesel-operated D3 S. Similar to the updated 3 Series, Alpina brings both visual, performance, and technological upgrades to the respective models with a hint of exclusiveness.

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2022 Alpina B8 - Driven

2022 Alpina B8 - Driven

The perfect over-priced, luxury four-door for those that want the performance and the cushy ride to go with it

Alpina might be a longtime collaborator with BMW and has tuned just about anything with a BMW badge that you can think of, but Alpina isn’t your typical tuner. Where some companies will dazzle you with oodles of power and impressive lap times, Alpina sticks to a more traditional – and usable – recipe. Alpina is more known for tweaking BMWs in just the right way, it builds a little on performance, but it also brings mild improvements to the appearance and, more importantly, it makes every single model it works on ride more comfortably than BMW ever could. For a big, bulky model that the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, that’s a very big deal, and we’re here to tell you that Alpina did it just right.

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The 2023 BMW ALPINA XB7 Facelift Is Slowly Shedding Its Camouflage

The 2023 BMW ALPINA XB7 Facelift Is Slowly Shedding Its Camouflage

It should arrive shortly after the facelift BMW X7 will be launched

An M version for the BMW X7 is not going to happen anytime in the near future, and we kind of have to accept that. BMW promised that the future X8 will also get an M version, but there are no words on an X7 M so far. But that’s okay, because Alpina has a perfect alternative for that. It is called the BX7 and it was launched back in 2020. And, despite being only two years old, an updated version is just around the corner. This isn’t surprising considering the X7 is also due for an update.

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2023 Alpina B8 Gran Coupe

2023 Alpina B8 Gran Coupe

The Alpina B8 Gran Coupe comes with subtle changes, just like the recently refreshed 8 Series lineup

A few days ago BMW launched the facelifted 2023 8-Series family. Minor updates were made to all the Coupe, Convertible, Gran Coupe and M8 models. As no surprise, now Alpina decided to announce the 2023 B8 Gran Coupe - a model that comes with the same minor updates when compared to the 2022 model year.

The refreshed 2023 B8 Gran Coupe will go on sale in July, 2022 at a price of €162,100 - or about $182,000 at the current exchange rates.

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Here's Your First Look at the 2023 BMW Alpina XB7

Here’s Your First Look at the 2023 BMW Alpina XB7

Revised front and rear look and two-part headlights are part of the package

Ever since BMW launched the X7 back in 2018 everyone was waiting for an M version to follow, just like for all the other X models in the lineup. Of course, that never happened, and there is no hope to see one in the near future. Back in 2020, however, Alpina came with an alternative that was just as good if not better than the X7 M. Called BX7, the SUV is already preparing for a first refresh, and our spy photographers have already caught it out in the wild.

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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 Alpina BMW i8 Didn't Happen Because of Limitations in the i8's Design

The Alpina BMW i8 Didn’t Happen Because of Limitations in the i8’s Design

Alpina finally explains why it didn’t build its own version of the BMW i8

Whenever BMW unveils a cool model, Alpina usually modifies it into something even more exciting. Unfortunately, the i8 hybrid sports car was an exception from this rule.

Alpina did develop a beefed-up i8, as revealed back in 2019, but the performance hybrid never made into production. Alpina initially said that BMW didn’t agree for the project to go on, but the tuning company is now back to explain why the souped-up i8 remained just a prototype. As it turns out, turning it into a production model would have been too complicated and expensive.

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The 2021 Alpina B5 is the BMW M5 Wagon you always wanted

The 2021 Alpina B5 is the BMW M5 Wagon you always wanted

The Alpina B5 comes with 612 horsepower and that’s more than the BMW M5

M-branded cars have been the flagship of BMW automobiles for a few decades now, but there’s one brand you can go to for a more exclusive Bimmer. I’m talking about Alpina, a small Bavarian company that has been modifying BMWs since the 1960s, long before the German firm established the M division. Alpina is now the go-to tuner if you want exclusive features on your BMW, but it also provides drivetrains that generate more oomph than those found in full-fledged M cars. One such example is the facelifted B5. Based on the G30-generation 5 Series, the 2021 Alpina B5 debuted with more oomph than the latest M5.Making things even better, it’s also available as a wagon.

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2020 Alpina B3 Touring

2020 Alpina B3 Touring

In a world where there’s still no M3 Wagon, this remains the go-to placeholder

Alpina is one of BMW’s most loyal tuners and the latest 3 Series-based B3 models continue to boast with a unique identity and performance figures that irk any M3 owner. The G20-generation B3 Touring is the 462 horsepower stopgap in a world without an M3 Wagon in it. Our only complaint? That we can’t buy this pinstriped grocery-hauler Stateside.

Once upon a time, Alpina and AC Schnitzer were duking it out on the race tracks of the world as BMW’s favored privateers teams. Both received support from Munich and decades of on-track rivalry now see both companies - but especially Alpina - put out some of the best modified cars on the market. So good, in fact, that Alpina has been a manufacturer for over three decades - although you’ll still find BMW logos on the B3. But Alpina doesn’t plan to crash the party of the upcoming M3 Competition either. That’s fair play!

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2020 Alpina B3 Touring is here to cull your BMW M3 Wagon craving

2020 Alpina B3 Touring is here to cull your BMW M3 Wagon craving

All-new 186-mph Alpina B3 Touring has exclusivity, performance, and practicality to boot

Lovers of fast wagons, you might want to sit down for this one as the mere sight of it will make your knees weak - the 2020 BMW Alpina B3 Touring is upon us and it is absolutely glorious. Wraps have just come off it at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show and it has instantly become one of the coolest BMWs you can buy right now at any price.

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2020 Alpina XD7

2020 Alpina XD7

Our spies have spotted what appears to be the new BMW X7 testing almost completely covered in camo around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It is believed this is the hot Alpina XD7 version of the X7 which is going to get a power boost and some styling differences inside and out in the familiar Alpina style.

You may have spotted that it has a “D” in its model designation, so it’s going to be a diesel, definitely based on the most powerful oil burner BMW makes, the M50d unit that kept pinning me to my seat during my road test of the M550d - it’s a torque monster with plenty of top end too.

The engine will be breathed upon by Alpina to make more power, and the suspension will be altered as well - it will be lowered and stiffened for improved handling and grip will be improved through the use of higher performance tires.

Update 08/05/2019: The 2019 Alpina XD7 was caught testing in the wild yet again, this time bearing a little less camo and some miniscule changes. Check out our spy shots section below to see what’s new.

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2020 ALPINA B7 xDrive Sedan

2020 ALPINA B7 xDrive Sedan

Say hello to the world’s fastest production sedan

Alpina and BMW have a long history. The former has been tuning Bimmers for over five decades and even provides graphic packages, different alloy designs, etc. Realizing the rising demand of Alpina-tuned cars, BMW started selling them through its own dealerships in the U.S. This time, BMW and Alpina have worked on the former’s big-face flagship luxury sedan to create an explosive monster known as the 2020 Alpina B7. The 2020 B7 was unveiled earlier this month in Palm Springs and is the sixth-generation luxury model from Alpina.

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Check out the 2020 Alpina B7, the World's Fastest Sedan

Check out the 2020 Alpina B7, the World’s Fastest Sedan

It has a top speed of 204 mph or 328 km/h

If you think the new 2020 BMW 7-Series grille is too big, but you still want the car, then why not buy the most powerful and fastest version of it so that people don’t have a chance to see your car’s monumental nostrils? That version is the reworked 7-Series called the 2020 Alpina B7. It was just revealed last week in Palm Springs and is touted as the world’s fastest three-box sedan.

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2018 Alpina XD3

2018 Alpina XD3

BMW’s famous tuning partner is at it again with a bombastic upgrade for the X3 crossover

Noted BMW tuner Alpina has unveiled its latest creation, the Alpina XD3. The program is based on the BMW X3 crossover, and in true Alpina fashion, it offers all-encompassing upgrades that cover all important bases for Bimmer’s popular crossover. The result is a vehicle that can give some of today’s more powerful SUVs a serious run for their money.

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Alpina Works Over the BMW X3 In All the Right Ways!

Alpina Works Over the BMW X3 In All the Right Ways!

We don’t expect anything less from the noted BMW tuner

As is the case every year, Alpina is headed to the Geneva Motor Show with a fresh tune of a new BMW model. This year, the new X3 gets the honor of the German tuner’s time, and once again, Alpina didn’t disappoint. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Alpina XD3. It’s a handful in more ways than one, which is typically the case when it’s Alpina we’re talking about. After all, this is the same tuner that gave us the B4 Biturbo, the B7 xDrive, and most recently, the B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition.

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2018 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition

2018 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition

A one-off creation based off of a special edition model!

The BMW 6 Series is reportedly on its way out now that BMW appears to be set on bringing back the 8 Series. It’s a bittersweet moment for fans of the 6er, especially those who have been loyal fans of the range since it was reintroduced in 2003. Fortunately, certain models of the 6 Series remain popular to this day, including a special version created by recognized BMW tuner Alpina. The model is called the BMA Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe and believe it or not; it’s been around for a few years now, receiving yearly updates like any true Bimmer model. This time, BMW and Alpina took it a step further by creating a one-of-a-kind Alpina B6 Gran Coupe, specifically for the BMW Car Club of America.

The model itself carries the obnoxiously long BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition name. Its very existence is owed to the fact that it was built to be the grand prize for an upcoming raffle draw organized by BMW CCA. In keeping with its one-off status, the Alpina B6 BMW CCA Edition carries plenty of exclusive features, not the least of which include bespoke touches on the exterior and interior of the car. It also carries a signature Alpina paint finish, the likes of which we never get to see on any other BMW model. It’s a legitimate bespoke Alpina B6, a fitting grand prize for an event that’s also raffling off a BMW M2 and a BMW M240i, among other exciting goodies.

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