This Alluring Alpina B12 Might As Well Be A BMW M8


Unlike the new BMW 8 series, this has the all-important pop-up headlights.

BMW enthusiasts must have collectively rejoiced when the automaker made it official that the beloved 8 Series coupe is making a belated comeback next year. Set to debut later this month as a curvaceous concept car to preview the final production model, the new 8 Series has a lot to live up to. There's just one drawback, however - the new 8 Series won’t have the signature pop-up headlights that made the original so distinctive. If that’s a deal-breaker to you, this Alpina B12 could be just what you’re looking for.

Listed for sale at a Spanish dealer this alluring 1991 Alpina B12 is arguably the closest equivalent to the BMW M8 that never was, although the new-generation 8 Series could finally pave the way for a long-awaited M8. Presented in silver with a tint of blue and striking 18-inch alloys, the Alpina B12 for sale is a 5.0-liter model, which admittedly isn’t as rare as the more desirable 5.7-liter model. It still has a V12, but produces 350 horsepower compared to the 416-hp 5.7-liter model. It features an automatic transmission, and takes 6.8 seconds to reach 62 mph which is around a second slower than the 5.7-liter B12.

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That may not sound particularly impressive compared to the modern-day BMW 6 Series, but then it doesn’t have the alluring looks of the fabled 8 Series. Like we said, the new 8 Series has a lot to live up to. If you can’t wait until it arrives next year, this Alpina B12 can be yours for 119,990 Euros, which is around $130,000, with 56,110 miles on the clock.

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