BMW Alpina – Prices, History, Engine, Interior & Exterior, Features

The Alpina story began in 1965 when Burkard Bovensiepen an owner of a typewriter manufacturing plant built a dual carburetor for the BMW 1500. After close scrutiny and tests, BMW eventually certified the carburetor and began fitting it in their cars.

Alpina (Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG) is a company that has specialized in customizing BMW cars, working independently of BMW but permanently partnered with them, in designing and customizing BMW’s high-performance cars.

The production process involves the engine first being hand-built at the Alpina facility, and then sent to the BMW plant for the engine and body to be paired. From there, the car is then sent back to Alpina for interior finishing, transmission optimization, and application of the Alpina-designed Switch-Tronic button shifter.

Alpina is known for its emphasis on higher torque, luxury, and performance, with unique styling and special colors, badging, and other extra options not typically found on BMWs.

Currently, available models include the Alpina XD3 and XD4 that are based on the X3 and X4 BMW models. The B4 variants, the B5 and B6, are based on the BMW Series 4, 5, and 6. The icing on the cake is the Alpina B7 based on the BMW 7 Series.

Used BMW Alpina’s attract a price that ranges between US$ 15,500 and US$ 114,000 at BE FORWARD.

Engine

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Several Alpina’s have come out of the production line in the years, for the benefit of the readers; we will take a brief look at the present models below.

  • Alpina XD3: The Alpina XD3 is a 5-door 5-seat wagon that comes fitted with a bi-turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (N57) diesel engine that produces 394 horsepower and 590 pounds of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds with a maximum speed of 254 km/h and average fuel consumption of 14 km/l. Power to the wheels is transferred via an 8-speed sport automatic (Switch-Tronic) transmission.
  • Alpina XD4: The Alpina XD4 is a 4-door 5-seat coupe that comes fitted with a quad-turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (N57) diesel engine that produces 380 horsepower and 567 pounds of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds with a maximum speed of 266 km/h and average fuel consumption of 12 km/l. Power to the wheels is transferred via an 8-speed sport automatic (Switch-Tronic) transmission.
  • Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo: The Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo is available as a 5-door touring or 4-door sedan with 5 seats. It comes fitted with a bi-turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (N57) diesel engine that produces 462 horsepower and 516 pounds of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds with a maximum speed of 304 km/h and average fuel consumption of 10 km/l. Power to the wheels is transferred via an 8-speed sport automatic (Switch-Tronic) transmission.
  • Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo: The Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo is a 2-door convertible/coupe that comes fitted with a bi-turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (N55) DOHC petrol engine that produces 452 horsepower and 501 pounds of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds with a maximum speed of 306 km/h and average fuel consumption of 11 km/l. Power to the wheels is transferred via an 8-speed sport automatic (Switch-Tronic) transmission.
  • Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo: The Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo is a 4/5-door Sedan/Wagon that comes fitted with a bi-turbo 4.4-liter 8-cylinder (N63) DOHC petrol engine that produces 621 horsepower and 501 pounds of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds with a maximum speed of 330 km/h and average fuel consumption of 9 km/l. Power to the wheels is transferred via an 8-speed sport automatic (Switch-Tronic) transmission.
  • Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo: The Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo is a 4-door grand coupe that comes fitted with a bi-turbo 4.4-liter 8-cylinder (N63) DOHC petrol engine that produces 600 horsepower and 590 pounds of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 320 km/h and average fuel consumption of 9.6 km/l. Power to the wheels is transferred via an 8-speed sport automatic (Switch-Tronic) transmission.
  • Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo: The Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo is a 4-door Sedan that comes fitted with a bi-turbo 4.4-liter 8-cylinder (N63) DOHC petrol engine that produces 608 horsepower and 501 pounds of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds with a maximum speed of 330 km/h and average fuel consumption of 9 km/l. Power to the wheels is transferred via an 8-speed sport automatic (Switch-Tronic) transmission.

Interior & Exterior

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Interior

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The interior of the BMW ALPINA range features discreet details, the finest materials, and great workmanship that convey a luxurious ambiance. The ALPINA production line and in-house leather workshop have a vast scope of individualized interior upholstery designed by master craftsmen who utilize some of the world’s finest leather.

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Alpina’s standard equipment includes comfortable seats, a DAB system, a HiFi loudspeaker system, some high-quality LAVALINA leather finish, a sports steering wheel with blue and green stitching.

The Alpina models offer spacious cabins, enough legroom, headroom, and knee room. You also get several storage areas including a glove box, cup holders, and bottle holders.

Exterior

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The ALPINA design and aerodynamic elements highlight BMWs ’clean and precise design language’, which combines business-like functionality with dynamic appearances.
The front end of the Alpina features a large BMW kidney grille, daytime running lights, and LED headlights.
At the rear, there is a spoiler that effectively reduces lift when driving at high speed keeping the car stable. Beneath the rear bumper, two ALPINA stainless steel sports exhaust pipes protrude featuring two elliptical twin tailpipes that give the rear a smooth, elegant look.

The ALPINA comes fitted with 20-inch 20-spoke ALPINA CLASSIC forged wheels which have become an iconic hallmark. The wheels are available in either Black or Himalaya Grey color.

Features

The Alpina features an extensive range of standard equipment that guarantees maximum comfort and well-being for both the driver and passengers. Standard features include high-end Nappa leather, leather instrument panel, multifunctional comfort seats, ceramic inserts on control elements, BMW navigation, Parking Assistant, communication and infotainment systems, and soft-close doors. Optional features include a full-color head-up display, a rearview camera, and the latest BMW navigation and communication.

Verdict

The Alpina team is good at what they are doing and that is why their marriage to BMW has lasted all these years. BMW Alpina combines luxury, sports, and executive in a very good way, and have succeeded in that.
Please visit BE FORWARD and check our list of used Alpina, buy one, and become part of the greatness.

 

Originally published April 08, 2020, updated Aug 25, 2021

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Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya

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