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2012 BMW Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo Coupe

At the end of last month, the German carmaker Alpina has revealed the 2012 B6 Bi-Turbo Coupe that is powered by an aluminum-built twin-turbo V8 4.4-liter engine. This power unit features a high-performance cooling system and MAHLE pistons, which allow it to develop 533 hp (540 PS / 397 kW) and 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm) of torque. This means that the coupe version is 33 hp more powerful than its cabrio sibling which was introduced in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The engine is linked to an updated 8-speed automatic gearbox and has an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that enables the car to do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 4.4 seconds, en route to a top speed of 320 km/h.

2012 BMW Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo Coupe

The car also has been fitted with an aerodynamic kit that has a new front spoiler with a built-in carbon fiber splitter, along with a revised rear spoiler that can be fitted with an optional rear wing. As far as the suspension is concerned, the 2012 BMW Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo Coupe comes with Drive Performance Control and Dynamic Drive as standard. The first one stands for electronically adjustable dampers while the second system is active roll stabilization.

2012 BMW Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo Coupe

It rides on a new set of 20-inch Alpina Classic wheels that are wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Inside the cabin it has blue illuminated side sills with the “Alpina” logo, a sport steering wheel hand-stitched in Lavalina leather, along with an Alpina myrtle wood trim.

Source: Alpina

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Alpina B6 Biturbo Convertible

In Frankfurt last week, Alpina launched its all-new B6 Bi-Turbo Convertible, a car based on the BMW 650i. It has been fitted with an aerodynamic body kit, a 4-tailpipe Akrapovic exhaust system and 20-inch alloys wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubbers. Inside the cabin, there’s an updated instrument cluster, a burl wood trim, a sport steering wheel and illuminated door sill plates.

Alpina B6 Biturbo Convertible

Under the hood of the car rests a V8 4.4-liter twin-turbo engine that now has MAHLE pistons as well as a high-performance cooling system. After these hardware changes, the power unit develops 500 hp (507 PS / 373 kW) and a peak torque of 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm), which is 99 hp (100 PS / 74 kW) and 74 lb.-ft (100 Nm). The engine is mated to an updated 8-speed automatic gearbox that allows the convertible to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds, en route to a top speed of 193 mph (311 km/h).

Alpina B6 Biturbo Convertible

Fuel consumption has been rated at 10.9 liters / 100 km (21.5 mpg / 25.9 mpg UK) while CO2 emissions stand at 255 g/km.

Source: Alpina via WCF

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BMW Alpina D5 Bi-Turbo

Based on the BMW 5-Series, the German automaker Alpina (not tuner) has brought to this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show its D5 Bi-Turbo model that is motivated by a 6-cylinder, twin-turbo, 3.0-liter diesel engine that produces 345 hp (350 PS / 257 kW). If this isn’t impressive, you’ll be amazed to find out that it has the same fuel consumption as the 530d, a car that offers “only” 241 hp (245 PS / 180 kW), with a rating of 6.2 liters / 100 km.

BMW Alpina D5 Bi-Turbo

This engine is mated to an 8-speed ZF SWITCH-TRONIC Sport Automatic transmission that has been updated by the engineers from Alpina. With these hardware specifications, the car is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 5.2 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).

BMW Alpina D5 Bi-Turbo

They’ve fitted the car with Alpina’s springs that are now shorter while the wheels are also developed by them, dubbed Classic and measuring 20 inches on all four corners, wrapped around in Pilot Super Sport tires from Michelin.

Source: Alpina via WCF

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Alpina has had a long and steady connection with BMW, modifying a lot of the cars made by the Bavarian manufacturer.

After showcasing the Alpina B7 for North America, the company has now revealed, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Alpina B5 model, based on the 2011 BMW 5 Series.

The model, set to rival the next generation BMW M5, uses the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine currently available on the X5 M and X6 M. The unit produces 500 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque in the B5, capable of taking it from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and up to 191 mph.

That massive engine is combined with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Even though it might not sound like it, the Alpina B5 is pretty economical, achieving 21.7 mpg (US) on the EU combined cycle and emitting around 252 g/km of CO2.

No pricing has been revealed, and as of yet, it will appear in fall in the UK. Until then, check out the photo gallery below with this performance machine.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Alpina B5


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Even if rumors concerning the the 2011 BMW M5 are heating up, that hasn’t stopped BMW and Alpina from teasing the next performance model based on the new 2011 5 Series.

As such, the first sketch of the BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo has been revealed, just as the model is preparing to make its official debut later this summer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

As you can tell by the name, the B5 will boast an upgraded twin-turbo engine, but we still don’t know the exact specifications. The design of the 2011 5 Series has received a few new touches, and the classic set of Alpina wheels are present.

The Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo, according to rumors, will also have a better fuel average, but we’re taking that part with a grain of salt.


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Customers looking for a more special BMW in the UK have more reasons to celebrate as the 3 Series-based Alpina B3S has just been revealed by the German coachbuilder.

The model, which you can see above in Convertible form, uses the 3.0-liter straight-six engine but manages to squeeze a very impressive 400 HP and around 400 lb-ft of torque. This doesn’t mean fuel average has dropped, as it can still get around 24.2 mpg (US) on the combined cycle. CO2 emissions are also quite low, considering the sporty nature of the B3S, at 224 g/km.

Among the bespoke features that will make the Alpina B3S stand out from the other BMW 3 Series models will be things like a new front spoiler, a revised rear diffuser plus a set of alloy wheels similar to the ones we saw on the much bigger Alpina B7 limousine.

The B3 S Bi-Turbo will go on sale this summer and appear in all 3 Series body forms: Saloon, Touring, Coupe and Convertible.


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Even though it revealed the US-spec Alpina B7 luxury limousine at the Chicago Auto Show last month, BMW isn’t slowing down, and has just revealed that the B7 will be making an appearance at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

Don’t go thinking it will just be driven from Chicago to NY, as the company will add the xDrive system to the Alpina B7 lineup of models. And for the more naive BMW 1 Series owners, xDrive does mean all-wheel drive, instead of the regular rear-wheel drive setup of the already announced B7 models.

As the regular ones, it will be available in both standard and long wheelbase formats. Power will arrive from the same 4.4-liter V8 engine, developing over 500 HP under the hood of the exclusive limousine. Expect more details when the New York show opens at the end of the month.


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During the last few weeks, the upcoming Detroit Auto Show has been namechecked in almost any new car or concept announcement, being the place to be for any carmaker which wants to reveal something new for the North American market.

But BMW hasn’t forgot about the Chicago Auto Show, and has just revealed that it will be bringing back the Alpina B7, based on the new F01 generation of the 7 Series. The bespoke edition will offer an upgraded engine, as the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 now outputs over 500 HP, as opposed to the stock 400, and the torque rating is at 516 lb-ft. 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time is now pegged at around 4.5 seconds, which is quite impressive, given the weight of the bulky limousine.

In terms of visual upgrades, the Alpina B7, which will be offered in both standard and long wheelbase editions, will feature a set of 21-inch, 20-spoke wheels, wrapped in special Michelin PS2 tires. A bigger front air dam, as well as a rear bootlid spoiler will be included, while on the inside drivers and passengers will be treated to upgraded leather upholstery and wooden inserts.

Set to be released on the US market in spring, prices have yet to be announced. Look forward to February’s Chicago Auto Show for more details.


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As a response to current rising taxes paid by UK motorists, BMW announced that, in cooperation with Alpina they’ve developed the Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo Coupe, which will go on sale in the United Kingdom. The car is powered by the 2.0 liter twin turbo diesel engine from the BMW 123d, which has been slightly modified and boosted by 10 hp. The result? More power and less weight means that the the car achieves an overall power-to-weight ratio of 146hp/tonne, just like the 330d Coupe for example. The Alpina D3 does 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds, can reach a top speed of 152mph and achieves a very impressive 52.3mpg fuel consumption.

Only 100 units of the Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo Coupe will be available this year, at a starting price of £32,950 (manual gearbox) and £34,540 (the automatic).

Check out more photos after the jump.


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