M8, you've got competition.
The name Alpina is simply iconic to BMW enthusiasts. After all, this is the tuning company that will turn a station wagon into a 700-horsepower supercar slayer with BMW's blessing. We've been keeping a close eye on developments from the tuner after it teased a special new model coming this week. Our anticipation was piqued further when we heard what this new model would sound like, and now that the car has been revealed, we're truly impressed. Meet the Alpina B8 Gran Coupe, an M8-rivalling super sedan with exquisite luxury finishes and enough power to make the Autobahn look like a short road.
So what are we looking at here? Well, Alpina follows the same recipe as always, taking a non-M model and enhancing it to beyond anything you'd expect from a regular car. Underneath the pretty colors and materials is a BMW M850i Gran Coupe, with its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 enhanced to 612 horsepower with 590 lb-ft of torque. With maximum torque available from just 2,000 rpm, the Alpina B8 can do the benchmark sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, before clocking the quarter-mile at 11.5 seconds and achieving a top speed of 201 mph. To ensure you enjoy the process of accelerating as much as possible, a specially developed stainless-steel exhaust system with active exhaust flaps is fitted.
Of course, no Alpina transformation is complete without a change to styling and materials, so forged 21-inch wheels are complemented by unique exterior enhancements like new air intakes and a redesigned rear diffuser. 20-inch winter wheels are also offered, while a rear spoiler lip is standard. Alpina's Blue Metallic and Green Metallic finishes are your choices for color, while the cabin boasts a bespoke iDrive controller, Walnut Anthracite interior trim, and an aniline Lavalina leather steering wheel.
The entire package costs $139,900 before a $995 destination charge and models will start arriving at US dealers in late spring. By comparison, the slower M8 Competition GC costs almost $144,000.