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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.

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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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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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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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