When it comes to the BMW Alpina B8, nostalgic people think of one of the most spectacular understatement vehicles in recent history: based on the 3-series E36, the Alpina B8 4.6 with a V8 engine was created in Buchloe, which made it an absolute horror on the Autobahn in the mid-1990s. With 333 hp and, above all, 470 Newton meters of torque, the eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine of the Alpina B8 4.6 outshone even the M3 at the time, but remained optically unobtrusive. The fact that B8 customers were still allowed to shift a manual six-speed gearbox at the time would make it exotic today. In its time it was more the top speed of over 280 km / h in a 3-series BMW that made the B8 a topic of conversation.
A quarter of a century later there is hardly anything like it was in the 90s and the nomenclature at Alpina has also fundamentally changed: in the new BMW Alpina B8, the 8 undisputedly stands for the BMW 8 series that served as the basis. While the Buchloers are foregoing a coupe and convertible, the new BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe is evidently being intensively prepared for its market launch. A current Erlkonig video from CarSpyMedia shows a prototype and on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which with its barely existing camouflage conveys a clear message: It won’t be long until the official presentation of the new Alpina B8!
It is also evident that Alpina is again using the M Sport package as a visual basis, thereby emphasizing the sporty elegance of the 8 Series Gran Coupe. The large rims in the legendary Alpina Classic design, which make the B8 immediately recognizable for connoisseurs, also contribute to this.
It is also pretty clear which drive the BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe will use: As in the recently refreshed B5, we also expect the 621 hp and 800 Newton-meter expansion of the well-known V8 biturbo in the B8. Thanks to all-wheel drive, the sprint from 0 to 100 will be achieved in well under four seconds, while the top speed will be well over 300 km / h — with so much performance, even the unique B8 4.6 on a 3-series basis clearly has a disadvantage.