If it's as good as the Alpina B7 and XB7, we're in for a treat.
We had high praise for the Alpina B7 when we drove it last year. In fact, we went so far as to call it our favorite BMW on sale, preferring its balanced suspension tuning over BMW M cars' stiffer, less comfortable underpinnings. The Alpina XB7, a 612-horsepower version of the three-row X7, has also impressed us. That has gotten us particularly excited for the next big reveal from Alpina, the B8, which was confirmed to be on the way back in 2019. Based on the stunning 8 Series Gran Coupe, we won't have to wait long to see the B8 as it will apparently be revealed next week, March 24, according to sources from within the ranks of Alpina.
As the Alpina B7 is based on the V8-powered BMW 750i xDrive, we expect the B8 to be based on the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe. That car produces 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque from its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, so we expect the B8 to dish out over 600 horses. Considering that the B7 can hit 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, the B8 should be similarly rapid. Perhaps the other aspect to look forward to is styling, as Alpina's subtle but meaningful changes tend to bring out the best in BMW's designs. We expect to see classic Alpina multi-spoke wheels, unique badging, and perhaps a few exclusive paints like Alpina Green Metallic.
These upgrades should go perfectly with the already stylish 8 Series GC, which is one of BMW's best current designs. As Alpina likes to focus on luxury, the cabin should be upgraded with even better leathers, unique trim options, and the Alpina badge which will replace the BMW roundel on the steering wheel. Along with the Alpina B8 Gran Coupe, it's possible that Alpina will release its own version of the 8 Series Coupe and 8 Series Convertible as well. The former could plug the gap that's been left by the M8 Coupe, which isn't being sold in the US for the 2021 model year.