Thanks to the configurator, we now know how much a fully loaded example costs.
For over 50 years, Germany's Alpina has been making some of BMW's best cars even better. Back in March, we were introduced to Alpina's latest project. Based on the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i, the Alpina B8 Gran Coupe boasts sportier styling, M8-rivaling performance, and a more luxurious interior than the regular 8 Series Gran Coupe.
Whereas the M850i Gran Coupe's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 pumps out 523 hp and 553 lb-ft, Alpina has increased the output to 612 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. With US deliveries starting soon, BMW has launched an online configurator for the Alpina B8 so we can find out how much a fully loaded model costs with all the options ticked.
Exterior color choices are extensive, including metallic, non-metallic, and Alpina options. Of these, most are available at no extra cost apart from the Dravit Paint, Grey, Tanzanite Blue II, Aventurin Red, and Frozen Bluestone metallic finishes, with prices ranging from $1,950 to $5,000. As standard, the Alpina B8 rides on 21-inch forged wheels. A set of all-season 20-inch rims are also available. Inside, you can choose from a variety of leather and trim color options. Many of them are free, but options such as Fiona Red with a full black Merino leather interior have an additional $2,000 charge.
BMW also offers a multitude of optional packages adding extra equipment. For $1,200, the Driving Assistance Package adds adaptive cruise control, a traffic jam assistant, parking assistant, blind spot detection, and a surround view camera. A carbon fiber roof adds an extra $2,800 to the price and you can also add a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system for $3,400. Before you start adding options, the Alpina B8 costs $139,900, but our fully loaded example came to $161,349, plus a $995 destination charge - that's around $60,000 more than an M850i Gran Coupe, which starts at $108,900, and around $30,000 more than the full-fat M8 Gran Coupe.