BMW 8 Series

Editors' Review

The 2022 BMW Alpina B8 xDrive Gran Coupe fills a niche within a niche in a crowded corner of BMW's lineup. The large, low-slung sedan is based on the 8 Series Gran Coupe, slotting in above the M850i Gran Coupe and positioned as a luxury grand touring alternative to the M8 Gran Coupe. But, wait a minute, the M8 is already a pretty fantastic grand tourer and quite luxurious to boot, so what exactly does the B8 uniquely bring?

On paper, there's not much measurable difference: The B8 and the M8 are in the same ballpark as far as price and horsepower are concerned. However, the Alpina's nature is fairly different -- from the more laid-back way it delivers its over 600 horsepower to its more comfort-focused ride. The B8 is aimed squarely at 8 Series shoppers who don't want anything to do with a race track, but have the desire (and budget) to seek the best that this platform has to offer.

Grand Touring style

The B8 distinguishes itself from the standard 8 Series with a unique front bumper that has large "ALPINA" lettering along the chin spoiler. The enlarged front aerodynamic bits look sharp but also -- along with a ride height that's been increased by 0.6 inches -- make room for more cooling components. More on that momentarily.

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The Good ~ Effortlessly powerful turbocharged V8 ~ Comfort-focused ride and handling ~ Luxurious cabin and amenities

The Bad ~ Overlaps quite a bit with the BMW M8 ~ Shift buttons harder to use than paddles ~ Most expensive 8 Series variant

The Bottom Line The 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe carves out an extra small niche near the top of a crowded corner in BMW's lineup.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 9
  • Media 8.5

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