The Alpina sub-brand might not have quite just as much notoriety as BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG, however the models’ discreet mix of elegance and performance have made them a popular of many clients that don’t want the full boy-racer rawness of the M models, but something a little more exclusive and high-performance compared to the regular run-of-the-mill models. At the very least for the European marketplace, it appears like the upscale tuner will lay its hands on the just-introduced 2014 BMW 4 Collection coupe <http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1306_2014_bmw_4_series/viewall.html> in the form of the B4.
The only real factory-authorized Alpina model currently offered in the U.S. may be the BMW 750-based B7 <http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1208_2013_bmw_750li_760li_and_alpina_b7_first_drive/viewall.html> , which offers higher performance than BMW’s regular 750i sedan, but lighter weight and better handling compared to the V-12-powered 760Li. As of this moment, any expansion of the Alpina lineup in the U.S. is unfamiliar, but it’s likely the seven series will stay the only real Alpina model formally sold through BMW dealers.
Alpinas are recognized for having slightly less hp, but slightly more torque than their M counterparts, along with being commonly equipped with automatic transmissions, compared the manual or dual-clutch transmissions more typical of the M models. Our spy shooter states to anticipate about 410 hp from the B4′s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six, along with available all-wheel-drive, a feature that will not be provided on the upcoming M4.
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