For those who want more emphasis on practicality and comfort with the BMW M4 Speed, there is a new option from Alpina. The company – which was recently acquired by BMW – has released the B4 Gran Coupe, powered by the M3 and M4’s twin-turbo ‘S58’ inline-six.
With its 488bhp output, it is slightly less powerful than the M4 Competitive, but at 730Nm the maximum torque figure makes the BMW 80Nm more. The 0-62mph time is 3.7 seconds (two-tenths faster than the M4), and the maximum speed is 187mph.
Its 4 Series Gran Coupe body sets it apart from the official M car, which is only available as a coupe or replaceable. It is further enhanced by a set of Alpina trademark 20-spoke wheels, here in 20-inch duplicate form and each weighs just 12 kg. There is also an Alpina-branded front splitter, a rear boot spoiler, a quad-oval exit exhaust and optional alpina stripe decal.
Indicating that the B4 Gran Coupe is not a typical uncompromising performance car, Alpina says it “combines emotional driving dynamics with comfortable travel”. Chassis modifications include an additional 1.25-degree negative camber for the front wheels, a new front anti-roll bar and a bespoke spring and damper setup.
This 20-inch wheel-wrapped Pirelli P is like a zero tire. During their development, Alpina claimed that “equal emphasis was placed on the comfort and mobility of the ride”. Below the combination of wheels and tires is a 395 mm front brake disc, pressed by a four-piston caliper, with a 345 mm disc and a floating caliper mounted on the rear. A high-performance braking system with drilled composite disc is optionally available.
Inside, it is possible to upgrade the interior with naturally tanned lavalina leather. The iDrive controller has a special numbered blade, while the BMW Roundle on the steering wheel is switched to an Alpina logo. Even digital instrument clusters have been tweaked to display alpina branding and basepack colors.
The UK price for the B4 Gran Coupe has not yet been announced, but in Germany, it is € 91,800 (about £ 77,750).