Alpina B8 Gran Coupe Spied Looking Suave At The Nurburgring
There isn’t a lot of camouflage on this BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé. That’s because it’s the new Alpina B8, or at least that’s what our spy sources are telling us. Alpina’s exterior changes are always subtle, but the wire wheels on this test car are a deadly clue as to its origins.
Another giveaway is the rear fairing, which incorporates four tailpipes instead of the trapezoidal tailpipes on the standard 8 Series. But couldn’t it be an M8 Gran Coupé? Take a closer look and you will see that the pipes take on more of an oval shape than the round outlets on the M8. The modest rear diffuser of this test vehicle is also a bit more aggressive with more sipes.
Going through the front, we can see that there is a bit more chin to the chin spoiler on this car. We can also see very low indentations on the left and right sides of the lip, which is commonly seen on Alpina mounts. Put it all together and there is no doubt that we are looking for an Alpina B8. All we need is a proper shade of green on the exterior and those spoke wheels brightened up with their current matte black test outfit.
The mechanical upgrades of the B8 over the standard 8 Series are still a mystery to us. That said, it’s likely to follow the lead of the Alpina B7 with around 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) from its 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. This would fit in perfectly with BMW’s M8 Gran Coupé, while still offering the chic interior upgrades typical of Alpina for which the company is known. Suspension adjustments should place the B8 comfortably between the standard 8 Series and the M8.
We don’t have a definitive timeline for the official launch of the B8. It could arrive by the end of the year as a 2021 model, or in the first quarter of next year as a 2022 model. In its debut, it will be Alpina’s new flagship sedan and well that the United States often lacks such models, this one could go to the United States.