BMW Alpina drops Limited 50 at NYIAS

by Bill P.
BMW Alpina Limited 50
BMW Alpina Limited 50

Bespoke car manufacturer ALPINA will create 50 limited edition whips and 50 similar coupes to celebrate the company’s half century this year. Based on the B5 Bi-Turbo and the B6 Bi-Turbo respectively, each vehicle will include hand-crafted Edition 50 body and trim features and a remarkable, heavily revised V8 that will propel the luxury sedan from 0- 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and have to a top speed of 204 mph. ALPINA’s fifty year heritage includes the creation of some of Europe’s most highly-regarded luxury performance road cars and iconic race cars including the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL.

The Edition 50 is the most powerful road car ever developed by the German company, testament to ALPINA’s 70-strong engineering team. “Edition 50 is the ultimate expression of the ALPINA values,” explains ALPINA GB brand manager Matthew Stripling. “It combines very high levels of long-term comfort with superb performance that is available from low engine speeds, making it effortlessly fast. Add the deep base soundtrack and the feeling of bespoke luxury, and you have a highly engaging car that offers a unique set of attributes for the discerning enthusiast.”

Each car will be available in ALPINA Green or ALPINA Blue, or in a bespoke Edition 50 Sepia created by BMW Individual. ALPINA’s iconic decal can be added along the sides and on the front spoiler, in coordinating green or blue with Edition 50 lettering.

The new Limited Edition 50 features the first major restyle of the ALPINA Classic wheel for more than a decade. Side cuts in each spoke combined with a design that takes advantage of the high strength that can be achieved with forging, has reduced the weight of each set of four wheels by 15.6 kg compared with the previous 20” design; a remarkable achievement considering the width has increased to 9” at the front and 10” at the rear.  Each wheel carries the Edition 50 logo on the rim and provides a clear view of the ALPINA Blue brake callipers.

BMW Alpina Limited 50
BMW Alpina Limited 50

The light-weight titanium exhaust system, developed with specialist supplier Acrapovic, improves throttle response by minimising back pressure and saves a further 17 kg compared with a stainless steel system. A limited slip differential is also standard, as are subtle aerodynamic enhancements developed in BMW’s wind tunnel.

The new Alpina’s revised V8 is the most powerful street-legal engine in the company’s history with an astonishing 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Power was not sacrificed for efficiency as it possess a combined EPA of 29.7 mpg and best in-class CO2 emissions of 221 g/km.

Based on BMW’s proven 4.4 liter V8, the B5 Bi-Turbo’s heavily-revised engine uses two ALPINA-specific turbochargers located between the cylinder banks, operating in parallel, delivering up to 1.2 bar. Particular attention has been paid to air flow optimisation, with short intake paths and optimised radii to allow near-instantaneous throttle response. Charge density and thermal stability are further enhanced by a combination of large-volume air-cooled intercooler behind the bespoke front spoiler with two smaller, ALPINA-developed water-cooled intercoolers close coupled to the turbochargers.

A large-capacity oil radiator and supplementary coolant radiator, also mounted behind the front spoiler, further improve thermal stability. Many other engine components have also been optimised for very high performance with long life, including new light-weight pistons designed to accommodate the high thermal loads of prolonged high-performance driving.

BMW Alpina Limited 50
BMW Alpina Limited 50

Inside, the Edition 50 are host of other luxury features include ceramic finish controls, a full leather instrument panel and two additional levels of optional interior leatherwork, created and fitted at ALPINA’s saddlery. All of the bespoke, luxury features of the B5 Bi-Turbo are standard, including instruments in ALPINA Blue and a steering wheel covered in finest-quality, hand-stitched Lavalina leather.

The Limited Edition 50 can be customized with unique, hand-crafted sports seats in black leather with luxurious Forest Green quilting on the squab and backrest centre sections, complemented by yellow and black stitching. Trim panels are in ALPINA piano black with EDITION 50 and the signature of company founder Burkard Bovensiepen displayed in front of the passenger. A special ‘1965 – 2015’ logo appears on metal emblems on the seat backs, in the carpets and on the key ring. Each car’s limited edition number will be displayed on a production plaque on the centre console and also on the reverse of the key ring.

Very small numbers will be available in the UK, with prices from £86,850 ($93,000.)