It’s the M4 GC BMW was never going to build.
Last summer, we first learned of Alpina’s ambitions to release its own version of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The first prototype of the B4 Gran Coupe was already out testing on the streets a few weeks later, indicating that the work was complete. The business, which is now owned by BMW, will unveil its new performance model tomorrow, with one final teaser showing the four-door coupe.
The B4 Gran Coupe was “born and produced in Buchloe,” according to Alpina’s Facebook page. The new model will be an indirect replacement for the previous generation Alpina B4, which featured two doors and was designed in the conventional coupe style. Interestingly, answering a question by a user, Alpina seemingly hints at an evolution of its signature wheel design.
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According to early reports, the Alpina B4 Gran Coupe will be powered by the B3’s engine. This means a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine with 462 horsepower (344 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque will be under the hood. The single transmission choice will be an eight-speed automatic transmission connected to a modified version of BMW’s xDrive AWD system enabling variable torque distribution between the wheels. The BMW B4 Gran Coupe will be released to fill a gap in the market that BMW isn’t really interested in.
The B3 sedan and waggon are currently available from Alpina, and the forthcoming B4 will round out the compact performance vehicle lineup. BMW, on the other hand, offers the M3 and M4 as typical sports coupe and sedan models, as well as the first-ever M3 waggon. The Bavarian business recently built the first M3 waggon prototype by combining an M3 with a 3 Series waggon.
Alpina guarantees that all will be disclosed tomorrow. Keep an eye out for official announcements and images.
Source: Alpina on Facebook
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