Have you ever looked at the BMW M8 and been like, “that needs to be improved upon”? I certainly haven’t. But obviously Alpina, the German BMW coachmaker, did. They snatched the already show-stopping M8 Competition and beefed it up, as if we thought that was even possible. Shown here in BMW’s Isle of Man Green, the B8 looks drop dead gorgeous. Luxurified, and sportified, Alpina took the M8 to the next level. This is Alpina’s take on the M8, this is the Alpina B8 Gran Coupe… with 4 doors.
A step above the M8, $9,000 more to be exact, the B8 attempts to make a near supercar even more super by putting a monstrous V8 under that hood. Notice no oversized kidney grill, Alpina decided to go with a more traditional look and maintained the classic radiator that was in the previous generation’s M8. Boasting the same twin turbo V8 used in the M8 and the M850i allows the B8 to get up to 612 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque on an AWD format. The extra luxury shows too, with active ride dampening, active road noise cancellation, and 4 wheel steering, something the M8 omits.
Sitting on 21-inch wheels and smothered by Pirelli summer tires, the B8 prioritizes comfort over a little bit of sportiness. The car itself is also a tad bit heavier than the M8 as much of the carbon fiber and weight saving features have been nixed in tandem for more luxurious leather and suede trim. The B8 will do 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and have an impressive top speed of just north of 200 MPH, whereas it’s sidekick M8 will sprint to 60 MPH in just 2.6 seconds. Embedded in those tires are 20 inch disc Brembo brakes with painted dual piston calipers.
The engine itself gets Alpina’s special touch. Added on to the engine include: a 4.4 L V8 (previously mentioned), an Alpina tune, a distinct exhaust with new quad tips, and a massive intercooler to get enough air to the two sequential turbos. Equipped with the same 8 speed automatic transmission as the M8, we can only assume it’s silky smooth. Eibach springs and a strut bar hone in handling in addition to the 4 wheel steering we mentioned above.
The interior is pure bliss, everything is high quality material. The B8 will forego much of the carbon fiber and Alcantara found in the M8. Instead you’ll get Merino leather, hides, suede, and many other exquisite materials exclusive to the B8. The infotainment system stays the same, and much of the other buttons and switches. This B8 is not your run of the mill 525i, it’s a rare character meant for a rare individual.
The B8 will go on sale later this year before the midpoint and join the XB7 and the B7 in the Alpina US lineup. Price starts at $140,895, $9,000 to $10,000 more than the M8.