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2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupé gets blistering performance, high-level elegance

The 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupé is a grand take on tuned luxury.

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Performance, dynamics, and luxury combine in the BMW 8 Series. Elevate that equation even further and you get the 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupé.

The company has optimized the aerodynamics of the car with larger air intakes on the front apron. At the back on the apron is a black diffuser insert. An Alpina-branded spoiler lip extends the body.

Buyers can get the car in an Alpina Blue Metallic and Alpina Green Metallic paint job. There are also a wide variety of BMW and BMW Individual paint finishes available to choose from.

To distinguish the new car from every other 8 Series are the car's 21-inch forged wheels with 20-spoke design. The lockable wheel hub cover has the Alpina emblem. The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli tires. A Pirelli Noise Cancelling System is fitted to the front tires. The company is also offering a forged wheel for winter and all-season tires without a wheel hub cover.

2022 BMW Alpina B8

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Blue four-piston fixed brake calipers with white Alpina lettering by Brembo are paired with 15.6-inch brake discs on the front axle and floating brake calipers with 15.7-inch brake discs at the rear.

The 4.4-liter bi-turbo V8 is tuned to get 612 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Engineers have paired the engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The large car can rocket to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.3 seconds and reaches one-quarter of a mile in 11.5 seconds. Its maximum speed is 201 mph.

In Comfort mode, the engine relaxes with low rpms but remains responsive and the exhaust isn't as throaty. Up the driving game to Sport mode and the shift points are optimized and the active exhaust gets a little more active. Manual mode offers fast shifts.

The car's chassis and suspension setup have been honed to make the most of the sport suspension system's capabilities. Comfort during the drive is delivered via front axle struts with hydro mounts while Eibach springs work to keep the car balanced. There are stiffer suspension struts in this model than the 8 Series original and reinforced sway bars on the front axle. Stiffer lower wishbone mounts enhance the car's lateral movements. All-wheel drive is standard. A ear axle limited-slip differential lets the car corner like a champ.

Installers will build each Apina B8 with standard Alpina interior trim in Walnut Anthracite high-gloss, Alpina door sills, and a crystal glass iDrive controller that's etched with the Alpina logo. The steering wheel is wrapped in natural, untreated Lavalina leather.

The long list of standard features on the car includes multi-functional seats, ventilated front seats, seat and steering wheel heating, BMW Individual extended Merino leather upholstery as well as a leather-covered instrument panel and an Anthracite Alcantara headliner. There's also a panoramic glass sunroof, Harman Kardon surround sound system, Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight, and a full color digital instrument display.

The 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupé arrives in U.S. dealers in Late Spring 2021 and will have an MSRP of $139,900 and carry a $995 destination charge.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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A long roof with a V8. What could be better?

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Spend enough time reading car reviews, and you'll probably notice a trend among writers. We all love wagons, despite the fact that almost nobody in the United States buys them anymore. If there's a wagon that could appeal to almost anyone, however, it's this m2003 BMW 540i M Sport with a very special engine swap. It's up for auction right now and could be yours – or mine.

It doesn't get much better for a car nerd than this. The 2003 540i Sport Wagon has had its engine swapped for an S62 4.9-liter V8 and a six-speed manual transmission. For those of you not obsessed with E39 generation 5-Series cars, that's the engine from the M5 of the time. Here, it sounds every bit as raw and powerful as it does in the car it originally came from, and the six-speed manual gearbox makes this an enthusiast's dream.


2003 BMW 540i M Sport Wagon The car has been upgraded with all the right M5 components.Bring a Trailer


Inside, the black leather appears to be in great shape, considering the car's advanced age and mileage, though this wagon is lacking the in-dash navigation system that the M5 carried at the time. It's probably for the best, given that an 18-year-old computer would feel absolutely ancient compared to even the cheapest infotainment system today.

This auction is a little more than halfway through and the current bit is just over $20,000. There's quite a bit of time left for that to climb substantially, but at even twice the price it'd hard to feel cheated if you won.


2003 BMW 540i M Sport Wagon There's no navigation here, but 20 years haven't been kind to the M5's system, anyway.Bring a Trailer

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