Alpina offers less hardcore option to factory M models
B8 Gran Coupe expected to have 600 hp
If you’re liking the speed of the M8 Competition, but not a fan of the car’s aggressive styling and handling, Alpina, as always, is working on the Goldilocks version of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe.
Called the B8, the Alpina version of the four-door 8 was spotted in testing by Pistonheads.com who also talk about some of what we can expect from the premium 8er, aimed squarely at cars like the Porsche Panamera.
Alpina’s big on being different from what M is doing, offering something nearly as fast, but lending itself more to comfort. Like adding an automatic where there wasn’t one before (not that that’s an issue these days). The B8 is expected to make 600 hp from the 4.4L V8, putting it between the M850’s 530 and the 625 of the M8 Competition. That would make it quick, but not mind-numbingly so, and we’d expect Alpina to deliver the power more discreetly than its M-built sibling.
The tuner is also known for using less aggressive bodywork than M, adding a slightly revised nose and a slightly more prominent front lip to the standard 8 instead of the armloads of carbon aggression M car. The Alpina signature is also there in the multi-spoke wheels, what look like 21-spokes in this case.
Expect more suppleness from the ride of the B8, as well, certainly not uncomposed, but offering a ride more attuned to grand touring than setting fast-laps and aiming for the Panamera and Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door on the Nurburgring (even if that is where Pistonheads spotted this one). There are also likely to be some brake upgrades and a retrimming of the cabin to make the B8 slightly more comfortable for long distances and to make sure buyers are getting more than just some extra oomph for their dollar. No word on when the car will officially be revealed.