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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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2017 Alpina B4 S Biturbo

2017 Alpina B4 S Biturbo

BMW’s partner-in-production gives the 4 Series a new identity

When you line up the number of tuning firms who specialize on BMWs, you’ll inevitably come across Alpina, which technically started as an aftermarket company before turning into a manufacturer of its own after years of close ties with BMW. In fact, Alpina and BMW have become partners of sorts since most of the former’s models are integrated into the latter’s production lines, including the Alpina B7, which rolls from the same facility as the BMW 7 Series. That’s how far this relationship has come, and the German Ministry of Transport even recognizes it as such, designating Alpina as an automaker instead of an aftermarket specialist.

History lesson aside, Alpina is headed to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with a number of its latest creations, one of which is the B4 S Biturbo, an interpretation of the 4 Series according to the specifications of Alpina. Like most models to come out of Alpina, the B4 S Biturbo is technically a 4 Series, and the process by which Alpina uses to create the car isn’t too different from what expert BMW tuners like AC Schnitzer do. So while it is technically an automaker, Alpina’s methods are still closer to AC Schnitzer than it is to BMW, hence the approach we’ve taken here.

The car itself is what you’d come to expect from Alpina. Like the B7 before it, the B4 S Biturbo is loaded with upgrades on all sections of the car, right down to the aerodynamic body kit and the engine upgrade that puts the B4 S Turbo’s power right up there with the BMW M4.

All told, the B4 S Biturbo is a car that’s worth our attention, not only because it’s an Alpina-badged model that’s based on the BMW 4 Series, but more importantly, because it checks off a lot of boxes on what we’d like to see the aftermarket world do to the 4 Series in the first place.

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2018 Alpina B5

2018 Alpina B5

Making a better M5

BMW just released the new, seventh-generation 5 Series, a.k.a. the G30, and with its arrival comes the expectation of a new Alpina B5. Essentially a BMW-approved tuner-special variant of the stock Bavarian mid-size luxury sedan, the new B5 is a viable alternative to the inevitable M-badged 5 Series, offering sleek, subtle styling enhancements, a classy, uber-comfortable cabin packed with technology, and a heady dose of turbocharged adrenaline under the hood.

It’s an intoxicating combination if you want more excitement from the 5 Series, but don’t want to go with the standard issue M5, or a hodgepodge of parts thrown together by any old speed shop. Alpina stands apart as a badge laden with OEM quality and high-end performance, and for the past 50 years or so, the company has been putting together race cars and street cars that take BMW’s best to new heights. 

Unfortunately, it’s rare to find Alpina’s offerings here in the states, which makes the recently spied B5 test mule pictured here a forbidden fruit. Regardless, spotting the new B5 in its native habitat incites a little speculation on our part. Read on for our predictions as to what it’ll offer.

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2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive

2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive

The new B7 hits dealerships this fall with more power and better performance

In the world of performance, sport, and luxury, cars are always changing, with facelifts, redesigns, and new models debuting all the time. Today, it’s the all new, 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive – the third generation Alpina based off of the BMW 7 Series. As with all Alpina models, it brings things like luxury, performance, and comfort together in one package.

The new B7 adds to the good looks of the 7 Series with more aerodynamic qualities in the front and rear and brings a new generation, 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that is sure to pack plenty of horsepower and torque. In addition to those goodies, add in the all-wheel drive system, adjustable suspension, and numerous driving modes, and you have luxurious performance at its finest. That’s what is so great about Alpina. It takes all the good from standard BMW models, and in turn, makes the car that much better. Who can really argue with that?

The new Alpina B7 xDrive is scheduled to hit dealerships in September of this year, but BMW of North America has already released detailed information and a plethora of pictures to go along with it. So, now that the beans have been spilled, let’s dive in and take a look at the new Alpina xDrive.

Updated 03/22/2016: BMW announced that the all-new Alpina B7 xDrive will be making its North American debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show and will arrive in U.S. showrooms in September 2016. Prices will be announced at a later date.

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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.

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Alpina Could Develop Hybrid Model

Alpina Could Develop Hybrid Model

Alpina takes BMWs and transforms them into very a specific type of automobile. Comfortable but effortlessly fast. Cossetting but sporty. Discreet but instantly recognizable by connoisseurs. They even put an automatic transmission in a 2000-2003 BMW Z8 for god’s sake. Now the company could be looking to apply its unique formula to BMW’s hybrid models.

“Hybrid technology is advancing quickly. We’re now seeing what I’d call ‘second-generation’ hybrids and EVs, like the BMW i8, and it’s becoming more interesting,” Alpina CEO Andy Bovensiepen told Autocar at the company’s recent 50th anniversary celebration.

Bovensiepen went on to emphasize that performance and daily drivability are still priorities for the company, but that previous concerns about hybrid technology have been all but eliminated. Previous concerns dealt mainly with battery life. Alpina’s are known as long-distance grand tourers, so a flat battery at the end of a 200-mile drive was unacceptable.

Once the decision is made to build a hybrid Alpina, things could start moving very quickly. “If we have a good technical base of a car from BMW and we also see the sales figures taking off, then we could have a car ready within two years,” said Bovensiepen. He also emphasized that Alpina would continue improving its lineup of six- and eight-cylinder gasoline and six-cylinder diesel engines.

Note: Future Alpina B7 rendering pictured here.

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2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

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?

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2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

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.

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2014 Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo

2014 Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo

Alpina announced its first D3 program back in 2005 and the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show brings the next logical and consistent step: the new D3 Bi-Turbo. During its short history, the D3 was sold in more than 2,000 units, making it the best sold Alpina to date.

The new D3 is based on the BMW 335i sedan and station wagon, and updates the model to outstanding performance numbers. On top of the awesome performance numbers, the D3 is also rather easy on fuel, making it the perfect combination.

As with any other Alpina model, updates on the exterior and the interior are kept to a minimum, as the tuner focuses most of its job under the hood. There is a highly update engine and transmission, refined chassis, upgraded suspension and brakes, and a new, optional all-wheel-drive system.

Updated 10/11/2013: Alpina unveiled a new video (above) in which it explains the technological features behind the new D3 Biturbo. Enjoy!

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2014 BMW 6 Series GranCoupe by Alpina

2014 BMW 6 Series GranCoupe by Alpina

One of the biggest surprises on the German public roads this week was an Alpina version of the 2014 6-Series GranCoupe. As you can see, the model is wearing camouflage only in the parts rumored to be updated, because as usual, Alpina is preparing the biggest updates under the hood.

As you can see from these spy shots, Alpina will use a 650i version for its project. While in the standard version the 4.4-liter V-8 engine delivers a total of 450 horsepower, Alpina is rumored to add at least an extra 100 horsepower. We expect this extra power to significantly improve the car’s current 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds.

Next to the engine upgrades, Alpina will also offer a few styling changes, an updated interior and.a new set of wheels, of course.

Expect the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe by Alpina to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2014 BMW Alpina XD3 Biturbo

2014 BMW Alpina XD3 Biturbo

The Audi SQ5 may not have a direct competitor from BMW, but Alpina has unveiled the XD3 Biturbo - a tuning kit that seems to be a direct response to Audi’s model - at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The XD3 is based on the 3-liter straight-six-cylinder version of the X3 and, with significant updates made under the hood, it adds plenty of extra horsepower to the engine’s standard output. The engine is coupled to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and numerous other updates have also been made to the SUV’s chassis.

Along with upgrading the engine’s characteristics, Alpina engineers also built an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front spoiler with integrated air intakes. On the rear, Alpina adds new elliptical double-ended tailpipes integrated into an Alpina-designed rear valance.

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2013 BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo

2013 BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo

The official debut of the new generation BMW M3 is still months away, but at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Alpina came with the proof that even the base version can be upgraded to something cool. Its new Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo tuning kit, based on the F30 335i sedan delivers pretty much the same output as the M3 and performance figures even more striking. Also, Alpina is offering an optional all-wheel-drive system that adds even more traction and active safety in every and any driving situation.

Next to the power upgrades, the new B3 Biturbo received an aerodynamic kit that transforms it into a real eye catcher. Alpina is also offering a nice list of standard equipments, that will transform your B3 into a model better than a standard M3.

Updated 03/06/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

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2013 BMW 3-Series B3 Bi-Turbo by Alpina

2013 BMW 3-Series B3 Bi-Turbo by Alpina

With the launch of the new BMW 3-Series, a slew of tuning variations inevitably followed. Not ones to be left out of the tuning game, Alpina, BMW’s close-knit performance automaker, is preparing the future Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo based off the 335i Saloon. This new model was recently spotted in Southern Europe doing some hot weather testing, revealing some if its new garbs.

The B3 saloon isn’t getting a whole new makeover because, well, if it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it. That being said, it will feature a new lip spoiler, modifications to the lower section of the front bumper, a small boot spoiler, bespoke alloy wheel designs, and a new quad exhaust system. Power will come from a revised version of the current model’s twin-turbo 3.0L straight-six engine that will push out a total of 400 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque instead of the current 360 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque. This is much more in line with the power output we had originally anticipated with the current generation, but never received.

With the B3’s vigorous torque ability from 1,500 rpm onwards to 7,000 rpm, a diesel variant may also be in the works, but won’t be available until at least late 2013. Touring, Coupe, and Convertible version will also follow in the next couple of years. All models will be offered with RWD as standard, while most of them will also have an AWD option.

According to AutoCar, the new Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo will be launched at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March, but other sources are stating that we may see it even earlier than that, at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

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