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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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European sports sedan

Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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Updated crossovers

BMW Announces Updates for 2022 X3 and X4

The X3 and X4 get meaningful updates for 2022.

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European luxury brands have fully embraced the SUV and crossover craze. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW have all drastically increased their utility vehicle catalogs in recent years, but haven't forgotten fun and drivability along the way. BMW in particular offers several models, each of which can be had in high-performance variants or with performance options packages. Two, the X3 and X4, will receive meaningful updates for the 2022 model year, with new powertrain tech and upgraded standard features.

The standard vehicles will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All X3 and X4 models will get an eight-speed automatic transmission, and most will get standard all-wheel drive. Only the base X3 sDrive model will miss out. Both the X3 and X4 will be available with a Dynamic Handling Package, along with various steering and suspension upgrades. A Performance Control feature will be available for X3 models equipped with the M Sport package and standard for all X4 models, which brings the ability to shift torque to the rear wheels for better traction.


2022 BMW X4 Because of its sloping roof, BMW calls the X4 a coupe.BMW


Both the X3 and X4 will also be available in performance-oriented forms. The M40i models will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. BMW says the engine is powerful enough to propel the crossovers to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds and on to a stop speed of either 130 or 155 mph, depending on the tire.

BMW's Live Cockpit Plus system is standard for the X3, which includes a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 5.1-inch color display in the center of a traditional gauge cluster. X4 models and upgraded X3 models will get a digital gauge cluster that measures 12.3 inches, along with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Called Live Cockpit Professional, the system is based on BMW's latest iDrive 7.0 software and can display information such as maps and vehicle data directly in front of the driver. BMW says that iDrive 7.0 allows the vehicles to be updated over-the-air to add new digital services and keep vehicle systems running properly.


2022 BMW X4 Both the X3 and X4 will be available in high-peformance M models.BMW


If you're hoping to get ahold of the new X3 or X4, production will begin in August 2021 at BMW's Spartanburg, SC facility. Pricing will begin at $43,700 for the X3 and $51,800 for the X4. Both vehicles will be subject to a $995 destination charge and taxes.

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