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The eight-cylinder engine of the BMW ALPINA B8 is characterized by a dynamic, at the same time harmonious power delivery and offers excellent responsiveness across the entire engine speed range. The 4,4 liter V8 engine with bi-turbo charging achieves an output of 457 kW (621 hp). The maximum torque of 800 Nm is available from 2.000 rpm and forms a plateau up to 5.000 rpm. The superior performance potential of the drive is reflected in the driving performance: from a standing start, the BMW ALPINA B8 accelerates to 3,4 km / h in 100 seconds. The top speed is 324 km / h. The turbocharging concept of the V8 drive ensures excellent revving: two twin-scroll turbochargers effectively convert the exhaust gas energy into boost pressure even at low engine speeds and make the maximum torque available at an early stage.
Alpina B8 Gran Coupe!
The ALPINA cooling system ensures thermal stability and optimum efficiency of the high-performance drive - even under sustained high loads. It consists of three external coolant coolers, an enlarged transmission oil cooler and a low-temperature cooling circuit (air / water / air) for the ALPINA-specific charge air cooling. Compared to the basic BMW model, the intercoolers offer around 50 percent more cooling surface. The cross-section optimized coolant flow enables maximum throughput of the coolant.
The ALPINA sports exhaust system is characterized by a differentiated, harmonious V8 sound: Depending on the driving mode and accelerator pedal position, it offers cultivated restraint or emotionally bass-driven sportiness. The shape and contour of the ALPINA rear apron have been adapted to the four oval tailpipes down to the last detail. These are considered to be the unambiguous identification of every BMW ALPINA automobile.
621 PS homologated according to Euro 6d-ISC-FCM
The BMW ALPINA B8 is homologated according to the latest emission standard Euro 6d-ISC-FCM. State-of-the-art BMW exhaust gas purification technology is used: four catalytic converters reduce the nitrogen oxides contained in the exhaust gas and two large-volume gasoline particulate filters with a further developed filter substrate reduce the emission of soot particles. The consumption value determined according to the new, more realistic WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) measurement procedure is 11,9 l / 100 km, corresponding to 270 g / km CO2.
The 8-speed sports automatic transmission with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC converts the high engine output into excellent driving performance. The latest 8HP76 transmission generation is based on a high level of development effort: Together with the transmission specialists from ZF, the shifting dynamics have been raised to a new level and at the same time the distinctive shifting comfort that has always been associated with ALPINA has been achieved.
hydrodynamic torque converter in action
A powerful hydrodynamic torque converter is used to reliably convert the engine's high torque. The wheelset equipment and the switching elements have been reinforced. An aluminum oil pan improves the cooling performance of the high-performance gearbox. The further developed turbine torsion damper cushions the vibrations of the engine and thus noticeably increases driving and shifting comfort. A suitable transmission and shifting strategy is available for every driving situation - whether everyday or dynamic.
Soft gearshifts for relaxed gliding up to the high speed range are just as possible as gear changes that can be experienced in a sporty way. Accelerator pedal impulses, i.e. the driver's performance requests, are sensitively picked up by the transmission and implemented intuitively. Thanks to the intelligent shift strategy, the power potential of the drive can be felt and called up every time you accelerate. Even in manual shift mode, the transmission impresses with significantly faster response times in the millisecond range.
familiar ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC buttons
The gear can be controlled both via the ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC buttons on the back of the steering wheel and via optionally available ALPINA shift paddles. The one-piece shift paddles made of anodized aluminum in matt black impress with their high quality appearance and ergonomic grip position. Countless test kilometers on the most demanding test tracks in Europe are behind the development of the ALPINA sports suspension for the BMW ALPINA B8.
The result is a sophisticated chassis setup that combines first-class comfort on long journeys with precise handling properties and high lateral dynamics. The BMW ALPINA B8 impresses in a wide variety of driving situations with a harmonious, balanced chassis character and a high feeling of security up to the high speed range. Tension struts with hydraulic bearings increase rolling comfort and Eibach springs ensure balanced suspension characteristics.
intelligent all-wheel drive BMW xDrive
Stiffer support bearings on the front axle improve vehicle support during dynamic lane changes. Reinforced pendulum supports on the front axle and stiffer bearings on the lower wishbones enable high (transverse) dynamics. The integral active steering with steering angles of up to ± 2,3 ° on the rear axle has an agile effect at low speeds due to the opposite steering angle of the front and rear wheels. At higher speeds, the wheels are turned in the same direction in response to steering impulses for improved high-speed stability and smooth straight-line stability.
The intelligent all-wheel drive BMW xDrive ensures a dynamic and confident power transmission to the road. The standard rear axle differential lock enables the BMW ALPINA B8 to use the full dynamic potential of the BMW ALPINA BXNUMX, especially when cornering: a traction-dependent torque distribution increases vehicle stability at the entrance to a corner and the vehicle reacts much more agile at the exit.
with ultra-high-performance tires
The ultra-high-performance tires specially developed for the BMW ALPINA B8 are in the format 245/35 ZR21 on the front axle (EU tire label *: E / B / 72 dB) and 285/30 ZR21 on the rear axle (EU tire label *: E / B / 73 dB) available. Together with the tire experts from Pirelli, the tires were matched in every detail to the vehicle concept of the BMW ALPINA B8. The result of the extensive development work is a wide spread between comfortable and sporty character. The Pirelli Noise Canceling System used on the front axle ensures maximum acoustic comfort.
The design of the 21 “wheels features the brand-typical 20 filigree spokes. A lockable wheel cover with the ALPINA emblem underlines the flawless look of the elegant, weight-optimized forged wheels. For winter tires, the ALPINA CLASSIC 20 “forged wheel is also available in a 20-spoke design without a wheel cover. The ALPINA brake system can be recognized by the blue painted brake calipers with white ALPINA lettering.
Brembo 398 mm & 395 mm brake discs
Four-piston fixed calipers from Brembo with Ø 395 mm brake discs on the front axle and floating calipers with Ø 398 mm brake discs on the rear axle offer high safety reserves and thermal stability even under high loads. The ALPINA high-performance brake system with perforated brake discs and high-temperature-resistant brake pads offers even sportier pedal feedback and excellent fading stability. The Gran Coupé is characterized by an elegant, flowing silhouette. The aerodynamically optimized ALPINA exterior components give the BMW ALPINA B8 an independent aesthetic.
The high-performance drive is supplied with sufficient cooling air through the large air inlets on the ALPINA front apron. The ALPINA rear apron with its sporty, black diffuser insert takes up the precise lines of the body. A subtle ALPINA rear spoiler lip extends the sweeping coupé contour. The paint finishes ALPINA blue metallic and ALPINA green metallic are reserved exclusively for BMW ALPINA automobiles and also give the BMW ALPINA B8 an exclusive touch.
for this class exceptional room comfort
There is also a wide range of BMW and BMW Individual paint finishes to choose from. In the interior, the representative luxury claim of the current 8 series model generation becomes clear: The Gran Coupé offers exceptional comfort for this class, impresses with the best workmanship and high quality materials. Elegant ALPINA details such as illuminated ALPINA door sills or the crystal glass iDrive Controller with the lasered ALPINA logo set exclusive accents; likewise the standard ALPINA interior trim in the walnut anthracite high gloss finish.
Every ALPINA steering wheel is carefully handcrafted with high-quality, naturally tanned LAVALINA leather - for an incomparable haptic experience on every journey. The individual production badge with a consecutive production number makes each model in the ALPINA small series unique. If you want to fulfill your dream of a self-designed vehicle interior, you can use the extensive customization options of the in-house ALPINA upholstery shop with the BMW ALPINA B8.
Interior compositions by hand
Here interior compositions are created in masterly handwork, which can be designed down to the last detail according to customer specifications. The extensive standard equipment of the BMW ALPINA B8 leaves little to be desired. The standard equipment includes multifunctional seats, seat and steering wheel heating as well as the extended BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery and the leather upholstery of the instrument panel. The standard Harman Kardon surround sound system ensures a first-class sound experience. The leading BMW navigation, communication, infotainment and driver assistance systems such as the BMW Driving Assistant Professional are also standard on the BMW ALPINA B8.
In reminiscence of the traditional BMW ALPINA 8 Series from the 1990s and following on from the success of the BMW ALPINA B6 Bi-Turbo Gran Coupé, the automobile manufacturer ALPINA is presenting a new model in the luxury segment: the new BMW ALPINA B8 Gran Coupé combines performance, dynamism and comfort at the highest level in an aesthetic, sporty vehicle concept. An exclusive automobile that appeals to all the senses:
- Noticeable power reserves: The 4,4 liter V8 engine with bi-turbo charging has an output of 457 kW (621 hp). The maximum torque of 2.000 Nm is available from as little as 800 rpm and thus offers impressive power development at all times.
- Explosive performance: The BMW ALPINA B3,4 accelerates from standstill to 8 km / h in 100 seconds. The top speed is 324 km / h.
- Sonorous V8 sound: The ALPINA sports exhaust system offers a sonorous V8 sound, which, depending on the driving mode and accelerator pedal position, is characterized by cultivated restraint or emotionally bass-driven sportiness.
- Fascinating longitudinal and lateral dynamics, confident running culture: The BMW ALPINA B8 is defined by a harmonious chassis character that combines first-class comfort on long journeys with precise handling characteristics. The steering reacts sensitively and precisely. The adaptive dampers allow a pronounced spread between the different driving modes - from COMFORT + to SPORT +.
- Precise lines: The appearance of the Gran Coupé is characterized by elegant lines, which skillfully highlight the flowing vehicle silhouette. The ALPINA exterior components underline the sporty character of the vehicle. For the first time, large 21 "wheels are used on the Gran Coupé: The ALPINA CLASSIC 21" forged wheels in a filigree 20-spoke design are an exclusive ALPINA distinctive feature.
- Soft leather: High-quality materials, an extensive range of standard equipment meet the comfort requirements of customers and exclusive ALPINA details contribute to an exquisite interior ambience. At the customer's request, the interior can be made of high quality LAVALINA leather, which impresses with its unmistakable feel.
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