It's the B8 Alpina Vs. the mighty M8.
The BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe Is meant to fill the highly technological gap between the already capable 850i and the brutally fast BMW M8. Although it might be a bit softer and come with fewer ponies under the hood, it is still a capable machine.
We've seen a highly-tuned BMW M8 take to the limit-free highway before, but this is the first realistic look at the difference between these two siblings, and the results are surprising.
The BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe is focused on providing excellent comfort while packing a powerful punch, and the Alpina name also adds a touch of exclusivity.
Under the hood, this machine packs a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine that produces 612 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. That's five horses less than you get in the M8, but the B8 adds nearly 40 lb-ft of torque. This results in a 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph which can be raised to 201 mph with the right options boxes ticked.
The standard M8 features the same V8 engine with 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The M8 will bolt to 60 mph in three seconds and top out at 190 mph, but we all know that real-world figures will always differ.
In the video, we see both cars nail hard launches, and the data returned after keeping foot to throttle for a few seconds is interesting.
The B8 gets to 62 mph in 3.48 seconds, while the M8 needs only 3.22 seconds. The 62 mph to 124 mph sprint takes 7.70 seconds for the Alpina, and 7.44 seconds for the M8, showing a widening gap. The 124 mph sprint makes the difference even more explicit: The M8 needs only 10.66 seconds, while the Alpina takes 11.26 seconds.
The quarter-mile mark is crossed in 11.26 seconds in the Alpina, while the M8 does it in a massively quick 10.95 seconds. The two cars keep pushing on, and the 0-155 mph time comes up at 19.27 seconds for the B8 and 17.91 seconds for the M8.
The Alpina does, however, reach a higher top speed at close to 198 mph, while the M8 only manages 189 mph before the driver has to tap off. The BMW M8 was always going to be faster, but at the lights, the better driver with a more successful launch should take it, regardless of the badge on the trunk lid.