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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

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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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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