Get up close to the ALPINA B8 during its world premiere at Goodwood
ALPINA B8 joins our line-up as we partner with the Goodwood Festival of Speed as their first ever automotive retail partner
That’s right, at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with ALPINA’s latest model, the stunning B8 Gran Coupe. You’ll also get to see it take on the illustrious hillclimb for the very first time which, when you consider the ALPINA B8 has a V8 and is capable of 201mph, should be quite the sight.
Now, first things first, it’s possible that you’ve never heard of ALPINA, so here’s a quick introduction. Partnered with BMW for well over 50 years, ALPINA is one of the world’s most exclusive car brands, building fewer than 2,000 cars a year.
Known to many as (to quote Top Gear) a subtler, rarer and softer-edged alternative to BMW’s own M cars, ALPINA take BMW’s already brilliant models and then add additional performance and their own styling tweaks. Sytner Group and ALPINA have an intertwined history and we’re proud to be the UK’s sole importer of ALPINA cars.
Anyway, back to the ALPINA B8. This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will be the B8 Gran Coupe’s world debut to people outside of automotive journalism and we’re pretty excited. A development of BMW’s M8 Gran Coupe, the new ALPINA B8 Gran Coupe has been retuned and slightly redesigned to retain the original’s comfort and styling but with even more performance.
Under the sweeping bonnet sits a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 612bhp and 595lb ft of torque. Featuring optimised turbocharging and cooling systems, the new ALPINA B8 is capable of reaching 62mph from a standstill in just 3.3 seconds and will happily continue on to a top speed of 201mph.
Along with this, ALPINA have put lots of work into enhancing the eight-speed gearbox, added Eibach springs to the suspension, changed the brakes to Brembos and tweaked the xDrive all-wheel drive system - as usual, they’ve been pretty thorough. The result of all this tuning and the new components is a car that doesn’t just go quickly in a straight-line – it’s also great fun when things get twisty.
Styling wise, not much has changed, but that’s not a bad thing as it’s no secret that all the cars in the BMW 8 Series range are already beautiful. That said, as you’d expect, ALPINA have added their usual styling cues, such as the quintessential 20-spoke alloys and ALPINA logo up front.
Alongside the ALPINA B8 (which will be situated in the supercar paddock), we’re excited to be displaying the B5 Touring, B3 Touring, XD3 and XB7 on our Sytner Group stand all weekend, so make sure to pay us a visit to see these stunning cars in the metal. Did we mention that we’re the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s first ever automotive retail partner? We’re quite proud of that fact and you can read more about that on our website.
We’re excited to see you all at the event and to see the ALPINA B8 put through its paces on one of the world’s most recognisable hillclimbs. Did you miss out on tickets to the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021? No worries, you can have your chance at winning a pair of tickets by heading to our Facebook or Instagram accounts (competition ends on 02/07/21). Good luck!