This year, Alpina has already started shipping its brand-new B4 Gran Coupe, also known as the unofficial BMW M4 Gran Coupe. For Japan, the model has only recently been revealed, so not everyone who wants and can afford an Alpina will be able to take one home.
This is due to the fact that Alpina importer Nicole Automobiles only ordered four customised B4 Gran Coupes for the Japanese market. Each model is equipped with a specific set of 20-spoke wheels, a trademark of the Alpina company, which is now owned by BMW. The only two colours offered in Japan are Fire Orange and Frozen Black Metallic, which go well with these rims.
The Fire Orange B4 Gran Coupe is available in two examples. One has the steering wheel on the left side of the car and a set of gold Alpina Classic multi-spoke wheels. The other is a typical right-hand-drive model and has a set of black 20-inch wheels.
Similar configurations are offered on the more subdued Frozen Black Metallic models, but anthracite wheels are used in place of the black classic wheels.
The same features are shared by all four Alpina B4 Gran Coupe Japan-only models, including full black Merino leather upholstery, Velor boot and floor mats, an Alcantara-lined steering wheel, black wood trim, and numerous Alpina-branded accents.
The 3.0-liter straight-six engine, which produces 495 horsepower (364 kilowatts) and 538 pound-feet (729 Newton-meters) of torque, is another feature shared by all four powerful models. The eight-speed automatic gearbox sends these numbers to the wheels. The B4 Gran Coupe can accelerate from a stop to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometres per hour) in just 3.7 seconds using these figures. The maximum speed is 187 mph (301 km/h).
In various BMW and Alpina dealerships throughout the Land of the Rising Sun, the four Alpina B4 Gran Coupe models are on display. Nicole Automobiles will conduct a lottery to choose the purchaser of the four units that are currently available.