Alpina B8 (E36) 4.6 Coupe 1995

Discussion in 'Cars' started by MatskiMonk, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. MatskiMonk

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    This suggestion is for the Alpina B8 4.6 Coupe, based on the E36 generation of BMW 3 Series.

    The first "Factory" V8 engined 3 series

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    Based on the E36 328i, the Alpina B8 4.6 was offered as a Saloon, Coupe, Tourer and Cabriolet.

    It utilised a heavily reworked BMW M60/M62 4.0 V8, re-designated as F2/1 by Alpina. A new, specially cast engine block was fitted, raising the displacement up to the specified 4.6 litres (4619cc), new pistons, valve timing, exhaust, catalysts and engine management were fitted, along with a custom sump and oil-pump. Alpina also worked their magic uprating the suspension and brakes, and the gearbox was a 6MT from Getrag. The interior and exterior were dressed with the usual Alpina goodies.

    A 313bhp B8 4.0 was developed, but only 5 sold, and these all went to Japan.

    Rumour has it, when Alpina asked for BMW's permission to fit a V8 into the E36 body shell, BMW dismissively agreed saying "If you can make it fit, you can do it", believing it was not possible to fit the V8 in to a series production E36 body... well, they did, and the B8 4.6 was the result.

    Performance:
    Power - 333bhp @ 5700rpm
    Torque - 470 Nm @ 3900rpm
    0-62.7mph (100km/h) - 5.6s Coupe & Saloon, 5.8s and 5.7s for the Convertible and Tourer respectively
    Top Speed - 170mph+ depending on the body style.

    Production:
    78 Coupes (221 units between 1995-1998, across all body styles)

    http://www.alpina-archive.com/?page_id=59
    http://www.alpina-automobiles.com/en/models-alpina/historic-models/bmw-3-series/e36.html
    http://www.thealpinaregister.com/B8
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpina


    And now for some videos:








     
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  2. GBalao888

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    Tuned M3 E36= instant vote. It's one of these retro BMW's that I like, asides from the M3 E30.
     
  3. StarLight

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    Sorry, but you have a coupe, a saloon, a tourer and a convertible picture ... in the same thread.
    Should be better to place the right picture so people don't get confused and the thread not closed.
     
  4. MatskiMonk

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    @GBalao888 The B8 was actually based on the lowly 328i, rather than the M3, since pretty much everything that made the M3 an M would have been chucked away in favour of Alpina's specified parts. I believe the rear brakes came from the M3, but that was about it.

    Fair comment, I'd not really decided which model I'd rather nominate anyway :D I've edited the title to reflect the Coupe as the suggestion...



    ... but in the spirit of many other threads (such as the E36 M3 thread :)), these are some pictures of related models that people may also like...


    B8 4.6 Saloon:
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    B8 4.6 Tourer:
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    B8 4.6 Convertible:
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  5. StarLight

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    Why does the Alpina cars get so few likes those days.
    They are as good, as every BMW!
    :tup:
     
  6. nick77

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    Agreed, should be more votes, maybe people don't realise that Alpina is a car manufacturer in its own right
     
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  7. StarLight

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    Maybe you like this Alpina too? :O

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  8. SCER

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    Alpina = insanely cool = automatic like
     
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  9. CashFrank

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    Maybe we can get some more likes here ;)
     
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  10. JKgo

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    HOW DID THEY SHOEHORN A 4.6 V8 IN A E36 3 SERIES????? Insane. Definitely my kind of car. Voted. Can I vote again? :tup::tup::tup:
     
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