Alpina B4 S Classy and destined to be fascinatingly rare, Alpina's BMW 4 Series based B4 S is a coach bags clearance strong challenger for the BMW M4 and the Mercedes AMG C63 The coup or convertible is a powered up replacement for the old B4.
You can get it as asaloon or estate, in which case it becomes the B3 S. Alpina has always been at pains to point out that it's not competing with BMW's M Division, so it's interesting to note that their heated up 3 Series and 4 Series based models are now more powerful and more torquey than BMW M's equivalent vehicles. The German tuning house starts off (as before) with BMW's N55 3.0 litre six cylinder motor, recasting the block to accept Alpina's twin turbo setup. On top of that they give it a forged steel crank, 10 per cent bigger turbos, 20per cent extra water cooling and 35 per cent extra oil cooling. The automatic gearbox is beefed up, speeded up and given a bigger jump between Drive and Sport modes. Unlike the Ms, Alpinas are coach outlet handbags 2016 only available as automatics, but they can be specced with rear or four wheel drive. With the Akrapovi exhausts, B4 S power is up by 30bhp to 434bhp, and torque by more than 10per cent to 486lb/ft. BMW's M cars have a small weight advantage (78kg for the auto M4), so they're just about ahead of the Alpinas on power to weight. Crucially though, they're a fair bit behind on torque to weight. On the data sheet, the B4 S is only 0.1 second quicker than the B4 on the 0 62mph time, but in the sub optimal traction conditions of the real world that's neither here nor there. The B4 was always rapid, but the rear wheel drive B4 S coup we tried is a genuine high performance tool, thanks largely to that extra chunk of torque in the midrange. Unusually for a turbo motor, the Alpina's throttle response is nearly as sharp as a normally aspirated car's, and coach outlet purses storage the sound it makes beats most. Alpina reckons the old B4 chassis featuring Alpina springs, dampers and anti roll bars, and more additional front camber than theM3andM4 was good enough to not need changing, so it hasn been. On the track at least, which was the only environment we were allowed to try the car, it seems they're quite right. It's definitely softer than the M4, and you'll feel that through the body in really fast corners and over ripples, but things never reach a point of nervousness, as they can in an M4. Rather than suddenly skidding when the engine overcomes the rear tyres, the B4 S slides with aplomb. On pure lap times, it's a fair guess than an M4 would record shorter ones, but whether the M4 driver would be grinning more than the Alpina's is a different matter. Ultimately, the M4 may be faster and more thrilling than the B4 S, but there's a subtle delicacy about the Alpina that will appeal to many. We've done a back to back comparison between the old B4 and an M4and preferred the Alpina in terms of driver satisfaction and everyday usability. The punchier B4 S would very likely come out equally well in a similar comparison. In isolation, the B4 S has an endearingly classy and charming character.
Predictably, the Alpina is more expensive than the M, but not by as much as you might think: the difference is less than 2,000. And with Alpina expecting to sell only 150 or so cars a year in the UK across coach outlet lake george ny its entire range, you're unlikely to come across many others on the road. You might well think that level of exclusivity is worth two grand on its own.
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