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  1. kobayashiGT

    BMW ALPINA XD3 Diesel

    BMW ALPINA announces updated pricing, new hybrid diesel for 2021 XD3 in Australia source: https://www.bmwblog.com/2020/08/24/2021-alpina-xd3-hybrid-diesel/ For the 2021 model year, the Australian BMW ALPINA XD3 comes with a new 48-volt, mild hybrid diesel powertrain and some improved equipment. The XD3 models for 2021 will be available starting early next year, at a price of AUD 114,990 including the on-road costs. It thus costs AUD 5,000 more than the outgoing 2020MY XD3 (AUD 109,990). For 2021, the new BMW ALPINA XD3 adopts a new 3.0-liter, straight-six diesel engine with MHEV technology in the form of a 48-volt starter alternator. The inline-six diesel with mild hybrid electrification boasts a maximum output of 261 kW / 355 PS (350 hp) and delivers a peak torque of 730 Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels through the ZF 8HP75 8-speed sports automatic gearbox with torque converter with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC. As per ALPINA statements, the 48-volt mild hybrid technology has brought substantial benefits in the areas of throttle response and an average fuel consumption of 8.2 l/100 km in WLTP cycle. The list of standard/optional equipment and accessories for the 2021 BMW ALPINA XD3 has also been enriched with several new additions as follows: standard panoramic sunroof (previously: optional equipment for an extra AUD 2,690) standard electric seats with LAVALINA leather upholstery standard contrasting stitching in ALPINA green and blue colors, ALPINA door sills and a production plaque made from metal optional Black Piano ornaments with 3D ALPINA logo BMW Live Cockpit Professional offered as standard, featuring the specific ALPINA interface standard DAB Tuner standard ALPINA Body kit for the exterior of the car standard 20-inch ALPINA CLASSIC light-alloy, multi-spoke wheels optional 22-inch ALPINA wheels standard 3-year warranty and roadside assistance (unlimited kilometer range) As per latest official details, deliveries for the new 2021 BMW ALPINA XD3 are scheduled to commence in early 2021.
  2. The New 612 HP BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupé Is as Powerful as It Is Luxurious Alpina has never seen reason to differentiate between luxury and high-performance vehicles, and that’s no less true of its latest confection. The German performance automaker has just unveiled a new souped-up BMW, the Alpina B8 Gran Coupe. The stately car is easily the most luxurious entry in the new 8-Series lineu, and it also happens to be one of the most powerful thanks thanks to its gutsy V-8 engine. At a glance, the Alpina B8 doesn’t look all that different from the standard B8 Gran Coupé. That’s a good thing, because the five-door is already one of the most elegant vehicles in the BMW lineup. There are some changes, of course. Both ends of the vehicle have been tweaked, with a larger air intake and a diffuser up front and a lip spoiler in the back. There’s also special Alpina decals and badging, as well as its trademark 21-inch, 20-spoke forged wheels, which come wrapped in Pirelli performance tires. The interior has also been given a subtle makeover. Almost everything—including the multi-functional front sport seats, steering wheel and instrument panel—is covered or accented with Merino leather finely crafted in Alpina’s in-house workshop. Behind the steering wheel, you’ll find a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The center console is topped by BMW’s 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, from which you can access the navigation and driver assistance system. A Harman Kardon surround sound system also comes standard. While the raft of opulent accoutrements gives the Alpina B8 bona fide luxury appeal, the beastly mill under its hood may be even more impressive. The engine is the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in M850i and M8 model. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it’s been specially tuned so that it generates 612 horses and 590 ft lbs of twist. That makes it the second most powerful 8-Series car, trailing only the M8 with the Competition package, which delivers 617 hp. It’s pretty speedy, too, able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 201 mph. The Alpina B8 Gran Coupé is expected to arrive in the US later this spring. In addition to being the most luxurious entry in the 8-Series lineup, it’s also the most expensive with a starting price of $140,895.
  3. SGCM_editorial

    BMW Alpina B5: Comfortable Cruiser

    Who says performance cars need to come with a sporty ride? Last week we tested the BMW Alpina B5 to see if Alpina's take on the performance saloon is a viable alternative to the BMW M5. So what sets this Alpina apart? Firstly, the interior has received a host of luxurious touches to set it apart from the regular 5 Series: The digital dashboard in the B5 has its own Alpina-specific design and colour scheme, for example, while the handcrafted Alpina steering wheel is made of Lavalina leather (the same leather used in Rolls-Royce cars), and features blue/green stitching. But what truly sets this car apart from the rest of the performance saloon pack is what is underneath you: With a suspension designed to deliver comfort and refinement in spades, the Alpina is not just comfortable, but sublimely comfortable. Adding to the comfortable cruise is the fact that the B5 is joyously easy-going to drive, with the lightest of pressure on the accelerator sending the car wafting rapidly down the road. With the abundance of humps and rumble strips on our local roads, would Alpina's take on the performance saloon, with its effortless and classy character, be a better suit for your everyday commute? Read our full review here!
  4. As one of the manufacturers that make their cars some of the fastest in the world, Alpina is against possible end of de-restricted autobahns. In an article published by Which Car, its Chief Executive Andreas Bovensiepen has expressed its concerns about the introduction of speed limiters and the detrimental effects it will have on the industry. “Initially we’d expect a dip in sales (if such legislation was put in place). In the first place it will hurt every fast-car manufacturer… but I think ultimately people will still want to buy performance cars. It’s like buying an expensive watch; I think people will always enjoy buying expensive, fast cars,” he said. He further explanined that such laws are unlikley to kill of the high-performance segment of cars but stressed that speed limits could discourage car manufacturers from investing heavily in new and innovative suspension and tyre technologies. “If there are speed limiters I think the majority of cars will get a much lower quality in suspension,” he said. “The German manufactures will say ‘oh, why should we invest so much money in suspension if there’s hardly any difference if you can go no faster than 120km/h’. In that case you don’t need five-link suspension etc.” “If we have lower speed limits then the focus of tire tech could shift to be entirely more on durability and not grip. So they’ll make harder compounds with less rolling resistance, but with less grip on a wet surface. So maybe you have more accidents,” Bovensiepen explained.
  5. Want the fastest production wagon in world? Alpina has the answer for you with its new B5 Bi-Turbo Touring's 322km/h top speed. As an alternative to BMW's M range of vehicles, Alpina has always offered models with similar performance but combines it with greater comfort. And despite us saying comfort, rest be assured that there is still plenty of performance on offer thanks to the Touring's twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine that pushes out 608bhp and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Similar to the M5, power is sent to all four wheels and the Alpina is capable of sending up to 90 per cent of torque to the rear wheels if needed. This enables the car to sprint to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and onwards to its 322km/h top speed, also allowing it to go past the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R as shown in the cheeky video.
  6. Turboflat4

    Alpina B7 biturbo review

    I had originally tried to submit this review multiple times using the "New Car Review" feature, but the website, maddeningly, kept blocking me for some stupid reason, even though I was within the character limit and all fields were filled. At the end of my tether, I've decided to just post up a new thread so that my write-up is not wasted. So here goes: Well, that was the review, I hope you liked it. I really hope the interface is improved and the forum makes it a lot easier for us to submit reviews, especially longer ones. And please, *please*, retain the typed text if you're going to block the submission of a review. If I hadn't saved my text before clicking submit, the experience would have been even more agonising than it already was. Oh, the promised quick overview of the other cars: the B3 biturbo was a nice ride, but I found lots of turbo lag, which remained even in Sport mode, and that dampened my enthusiasm for it. The D5 biturbo (the first turbo diesel I've ever driven) was nice, and even though the car didn't feel that "grunty", it did have plenty of torque enabling easy overtaking. I also got a sneak peek at the B4 biturbo coupe, which they had kept covered under a sheet. The car is being kept under wraps for the planned launch this weekend, but I got more than a quick peek under the sheet - in fact, they were gracious enough to let me sit inside and even snap a few pics (for private consumption only). They've asked me to keep the details of this car a secret, and I will honour my word, but suffice it to say that it's stunning! Don't miss the chance to see it at the unveiling from 28th to 29th March at ALPINA Singapore (8 Chang Charn Road).
  7. The 4.4-litre V8 engine in the Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo Gran Coupe develops 540bhp and a high 730Nm of torque available between 2,800 and 5,000rpm. The bi-turbo lump is linked to a capable ZF eight-speed transmission with Alpina Switch-Tronic for a creamy power delivery. Bundled with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive technology, the B6 Gran Coupe blasts to the century mark from nought in a dizzying 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 318km/h - making it the fastest accelerating BMW Alpina to date. Direct injection and valvetronic contribute to the B6 Bi-Turbo Gran Coupe's low consumption and emission figures of just 9.6km/L and CO2 emissions of 242g/km in the combined cycle. Typical design features of Alpina blend seamlessly and elegantly into the contours of the Gran Coupe and accentuate its sporty, powerful appearance. In particular, the 20-inch Alpina Classic light alloy wheels complement the long, smooth proportions of the Gran Coupe. The front spoiler with integrated, slightly forward positioned splitter directs more air over and around rather than underneath the vehicle, thereby stabilising the front end at high speeds. The design of the front spoiler ensures the effective flow of sufficient air to various radiator modules of the performance cooling systems. The Blue Alpina instruments, hand stitched steering wheel in Lavalina leather and illuminated door sills are just some of the exclusive features of the Gran Coupe's interior. The stainless steel exhaust system with trademark twin pipes returns a deep exhaust note - while an optional titanium exhaust system from Akrapovic is also available.
  8. The Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Convertible is characterised by short overhangs, precise, long drawn shoulder lines, a wide rear and a charming metal folding roof. Functional aerodynamics, signature 20-inch Alpina classic wheels and two elliptical double tailpipes are hallmarks of the Alpina design philosophy and lend a particularly elegant presence with the Alpina refined convertible. Like the name suggests, the 2,979cc straight-six engine in the Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo is equipped with two turbochargers to deliver 410bhp and a maximum torque of 600Nm. In combination with the excellent ZF eight-speed transmission, the B4 Bi-Turbo Convertible accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed in excess of 300km/h. Braking power is provided by 18-inch high performance brake system with 370mm discs at the front and 345mm discs at the rear. Blue painted aluminium callipers with Alpina lettering, in conjunction with high performance pads, ensure fading stability and optimal pedal feedback. The stainless steel exhaust system was developed in collaboration with Akrapovic and is 7.5kg lighter in comparison to its predecessor. The resonant, sporty sound of the exhaust system is controlled by an intelligent exhaust valve. In Sport Mode, the valve is permanently open and the B4 Bi-Turbo thrills with its distinctive aural character under hard acceleration. The drivetrain, equipped with auto start-stop and Valvetronic also impresses with class leading economy figures of just 13,2km/L and 177g of CO2.
  9. chitchatboy

    A little more of the BMW Alpina B3 Bi-turbo

    Make no mistake. This isn't a simple tuned up version of the usual BMW 335i. In fact, it's far from it. This is an M3-rivaling fast saloon that can carry four up north in comfort at great speeds. And Alpina has done a great job with its new B3 Bi-turbo. Headline figures are 404bhp and 600Nm of torque from the 3.0-litre straight-six, which equals to a 100 more horses and 200Nm of more torque than the 335i This is achieved with the help of two smaller turbocharger, a larger intercooler, a better fuel pump and its own ECU. Why two turbochargers? Alpina says throttle response is much better and there is less turbo lag, which was what I felt. Coupled with the responsive ZF eight-speed automatic, the sprint to 100km/h is accomplished in a scant 4.2 seconds. On the road, the B3 is a great overtaking tool with all that torque. There is no question this is much faster than a 335i, especially when it achieves full boost. On that note, the turbo hiss is more noticeable now when driving hard. Alpinas have never been track cars and this is no different. The B3 is one smooth riding saloon considering that it is running on ultra low profile non-run flat tyres. Dampers are adjustable but in Comfort mode, body control is slightly lacking as the car can get upset by larger bumps. Sport mode improves things and with one of the finest steering for a saloon, hustling the car down your favourite road is a joy. Overall this is a well-rounded fast sedan. Some of you readers may argue that this is one expensive 3 Series but you do have to pay for the exclusivity. I cannot think of anything I dislike about the car other than wishing for a louder exhaust note, considering it bears the Akrapovic name. But then again, Alpinas aren't supposed to be shouty... Need a more in depth review of the B3? Click here!
  10. chitchatboy

    What is between a BMW 335i and an M3?

    [extract] We should have all seen the new BMW M4 Concept by now and be awed by how handsome it is. We are sure it is going to be a great driver
  11. I never into drag races that Amerians loved so much, but there something about this video that really gotten me "heated" up, but just can't point a finger at what.....Maybe some of you can tell me!!!
  12. [extract] There have been news going around that the next generation BMW M5 will not be V10 powered. This is mainly due to BMW deciding to produce a
  13. Saaber

    Alpina Roadster V8

    http://www.supercars.net/PicFetch?pic=2001_bmw_alpina_z8-1.jpg http://www.supercars.net/PicFetch?pic=2001_bmw_alpina_z8-2.jpg http://www.supercars.net/PicFetch?pic=2001_bmw_alpina_z8-3.jpg Located in the Upper Bavarian town of Buchloe, ALPINA was established in 1964 as an official and approved ennobler of BMW automobiles. Alpina's tradition is to take production BMWs and make them even more appealing to connoisseurs of automotive finery. Alpina's treatments include not merely cosmetic modifications but also a palette of powertrain and chassis refinements that consistently enhance BMW models' already formidable road capabilities within a context of thorough engineering and mature character. To celebrate the tremendous success of the Z8 Roadster, BMW has partnered with Alpina to create an exclusive and unique rendition of this contemporary classic. Production of the Alpina Z8 will be limited to 555 units worldwide. The roadster builds upon the dynamic performance, styling and driving dynamics of the classic BMW Z8 Roadster. Most notably, the exclusive vehicle offers the spirit of the BMW Z8 with an automatic transmission. Those who prefer the driving comfort of an automatic transmission will enjoy the smooth, fast and simple Alipna Switch-tronic gearshifts which allow the driver to shift gears as desired, or not shift gears at all. Complimenting the automatic transmission, the roadster also comes with a 4.8 liter Alpina V8 engine, offering 375hp and a different, more discreet style of outstanding performance. Other distinguishing features of the Alpina V8 include 20 inch Alpina alloy wheels with 255/35 front 285/30R rear performance tires, metallic paint finish including the hardtop (Black softtop), ALPINA softouch interior trim parts with Crema Full Nappa Leather Upholstery and a plaque with the production number located on the rear interior panel.