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German tuner readies M4 alternative

Alpina is creating a brand new technology of its B4 based mostly on the newest BMW 4-Series vary, as evidenced by a prototype noticed in Germany.

While the final B4 used the 4-Series’ coupe physique model, the brand new one will use the extra sensible 4-Series Gran Coupe hatchback as the idea. This ought to make it extra fashionable in the important thing markets of China and the U.S. (if it finally ends up right here), the place coupes are inclined to promote in low numbers.

The 4-Series Gran Coupe was revealed in June and the primary examples are solely simply rolling into dealerships throughout the nation. The Alpina model ought to debut late this year or early subsequent. Changes we spot on the prototype are the Alpina-style exhaust ideas, entrance splitter, rear spoiler and rear fascia, and presumably an Alpina brake bundle.

Expect the mechanicals to match the setup used within the Alpina B3 based mostly on the 3-Series, which itself is about to be up to date. This means the powertrain of alternative would be the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 usually discovered within the 4-Series’ M440i. Expect Alpina’s model of the engine to ship at the very least 462 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, versus the stock ranking of 382 hp and 364 lb-ft. An 8-speed automated and all-wheel drive also needs to kind a part of the bundle.

2023 BMW Alpina B4 Gran Coupe spy pictures – Photo credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

An Alpina D4 diesel may additionally be developed. Alpina affords a 3-Series-based D3 S diesel good for 350 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque.

Other upgrades typical of Alpina autos embrace sport-tuned suspension and the company’s signature multi-spoke wheels.

It is not clear whether or not the B4 will attain the U.S. There’s the possibility we would see it as BMW does not look to be planning an M4 Gran Coupe, which means there would not be any direct competitors with a BMW mannequin. Current Alpina choices within the U.S. embrace the B7 (7-Series), XB7 (X7), and B8 Gran Coupe (8-Series Gran Coupe).

Stay tuned for updates as growth continues.

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