Ever wonder what Alpina could do with the most expensive and most powerful of BMW’s coupes?

    The 2021 Alpina B8 Gran Coupe is the tuning company’s more elegant alternative to the BMW M8 Competition.

    It has been confirmed for an Australian launch, though timing and pricing has yet to be confirmed.

    It’ll arrive in markets such as the US before the second half of this year.

    Packed under the bonnet is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 457kW of power and 800Nm of torque.

    A custom stainless-steel exhaust system features, too, providing plenty of V8 aural goodness.

    Power is fed through a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system.

    Top speed for the B8 Gran Coupe is 324km/h while 0-100km/h will take just 3.4 seconds.

    Four piston brakes supplied by Brembo measure 395mm up front and 398mm at the rear.

    Those beefy brakes will be covered by 21-inch wheels which feature Alpina’s signature 20-spoke design.

    The Alpina B8 Gran Coupe will feature the Integral Active Steering system, which allows the rear wheels to turn a maximum of 2.3 degrees left or right to aid manoeuvrability.

    A unique suspension tune developed by Alpina aims to “provide greater vehicle stability” to “guarantee balanced suspension characteristics”.

    Exterior differences over an 8 Series include larger front air intakes, rear spoiler lip, rear black diffuser and quad exhaust tips.

    Two Alpina-exclusive ‘hero’ colours are available including metallic Alpina Blue and metallic Alpina Green. Other BMW colours may be optioned.

    Inside, Alpina builds on the 8 Series cabin with extra touches such as illuminated door sills, crystal glass iDrive controller and Lavalina leather upholstery.

    Pricing in the US will be $140,895 (AUD$185,730), roughly $10,000 more than a M8 Gran Coupe.

    Stay tuned for more information on the local launch of the B8 Gran Coupe.

    Zak Adkins
    Zak Adkins is a Contributor at CarExpert.
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