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2018 Alpina B4 S coupe review

Individuality matters as mass market sameness turns Australia’s collective carpark into a seething mass of silver SUV sameness. So how can you stand out from the pack? With something subtle like the Alpina B4 S, of course.

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Alpina XD3 coming next year, XD4 not for Australia
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Alpina XD3 coming next year, XD4 not for Australia

Alpina won't bring the XD4 high-riding coupe to Australia, but we will get the more practical XD3 – albeit with a twin-turbo engine in place of the quad-turbo offered in Europe. Offered with a quad-turbo (yes, quad) inline-six in left-hand drive markets, the XD4 makes 285kW of power and 770Nm of torque...


Alpina: Electric power unlikely for foreseeable future
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Alpina: Electric power unlikely for foreseeable future

Alpina isn't in any hurry to adopt electrified powertrains, arguing its customers want big-capacity engines from their cars rather than plug-in hybrids or battery-electric vehicles. Speaking with media at an event in Melbourne this week, Andreas Bovensiepen, Alpina's CEO and son of the brand's founder, said its owners are still attached to old-fashioned characteristics in their cars...


Alpina chasing 'balance' in Australia
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Alpina chasing 'balance' in Australia

With a small population and lots of carmakers – 50, to be precise – Australia is a tough place to launch a new car brand, even when that brand is a German icon with more than five decades of experience. Since officially launching locally two years ago, the team behind Alpina has sought to spread the word without creating an un-fulfillable rush...


Alpina B7 drag races C63 S, RS6  - video
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Alpina B7 drag races C63 S, RS6 - video

It's no secret the Alpina B7 is seriously fast, but this latest video shows just how fast the twin-turbo luxury yacht on wheels really is. Based on the BMW 7 Series, the Alpina B7 features a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 pumping out 447kW of power and 800Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission...


2018 Alpina XD4 surfaces online
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2018 Alpina XD4 surfaces online

The new Alpina XD4 has been quietly revealed on the company's website, becoming the first BMW SUV coupe offered in the tuning arm's line-up...


2018 BMW Alpina B7 review
Rating: 8.810 /10
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2018 BMW Alpina B7 review

If you need to get rid of almost $400,000 and want the automotive equivalent of a velvet sledgehammer, the Alpina B7 may be the limousine for you.

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$369,720

2018 Alpina XD3 revealed
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2018 Alpina XD3 revealed

Alpina has unveiled the XD3, complete with a quad-turbo inline six engine... that won't be coming to Australia. European XD3 models will be powered by a heavily reworked take on BMW's 3.0-litre diesel inline six, making 286kW and 770Nm for a 4.6-second sprint to 100km/h...


Alpina B5: Price slashed ahead of March launch
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Alpina B5: Price slashed ahead of March launch

Alpina Automobiles has taken a knife to the price of the B5 BiTurbo sedan, slashing nearly $30,000 off the price announced in October last year. Originally listed at $239,900 before on-road costs, the company's local arm has confirmed it has repositioned the 5 Series-based sports luxury model to better compete with its competitors...


2018 Alpina XD3 spied in Germany
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2018 Alpina XD3 spied in Germany

A BMW X3 prototype believed to be the upcoming Alpina XD3 has been spied this week in its home of Germany. Spotted near another camouflaged X3, the Alpina is distinguished by its front bumper design (below), which is closely related to those on other models across the tuning company's range...


2018 Alpina B5 BiTurbo pricing and specs - UPDATE
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2018 Alpina B5 BiTurbo pricing and specs - UPDATE

Update (7/2/18): Alpina's local division has re-priced the B5 sedan, which now starts from $210,000 before on-road costs. Australian pricing and specifications for the new Alpina B5 BiTurbo have been announced, with the luxury super sedan to kick off at $210,000 before on-road costs...


2018 Alpina B3 S, B4 S BiTurbo pricing and specs
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2018 Alpina B3 S, B4 S BiTurbo pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the upgraded Alpina B3 S and B4 S BiTurbo range have been detailed this week, with the powered-up range bringing significant price cuts. Headlining the updates is a revised engine, with the twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six fitted to all models now developing 324kW (up from 301kW) thanks to new turbochargers and an updated cooling system...


2017 Geneva motor show gallery
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2017 Geneva motor show gallery

The 2017 Geneva motor show is done and dusted, leaving us with only fond memories and heightened anticipation for the arrival of newly revealed cars to Australian shores. On the ground in Geneva, our own David Zalstein ran about with the camera to help tell the story of the show for us back home...


Alpina B3 S and B4 S detailed, confirmed for Australia
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Alpina B3 S and B4 S detailed, confirmed for Australia

The Alpina B3 S Bi-Turbo and Alpina B4 S Bi-Turbo have been revealed and detailed ahead of their debut at the Geneva motor show this week. While they don't look very different, the B3 S and B4 S have been fitted with new turbochargers, a new cooling system, retuned suspension and remapped transmission software...


Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo beast arrives in Australia
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Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo beast arrives in Australia

The 2017 Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo has arrived in Australia, serving as the brand's new flagship starting at $369,720 plus on-road costs. Based on the plush BMW 7 Series, the B7 is powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that pumps out a meaty 447kW of power and 800Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission...


2017 Alpina B5 teased ahead of possible Geneva debut: video
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2017 Alpina B5 teased ahead of possible Geneva debut: video

The next-generation Alpina B5 has been teased, ahead of its likely debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show next month. Based on the new 'G30' BMW 5 Series, the new Alpina B5 will be a luxury-focused high-performance model, pitched as a more comfortable and conservative alternative to the upcoming BMW M5 performance flagship...


2017 Alpina B3 Touring review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Alpina B3 Touring review

James finds himself a unicorn – a 301kW BMW 3-Series wagon. We drive the 2017 Alpina B3 Touring.


Alpina boss says its models won't harm M sales, B5 could be on the way
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Alpina boss says its models won't harm M sales, B5 could be on the way

Despite the similarities in performance and pricing, Alpina's CEO is confident that the tuning brand's luxury-focused models will complement BMW's M range, rather than compete with them. Speaking at the brand's local launch at Doncaster BMW in Melbourne, company boss, Andreas Bovensiepen - son of Alpina founder, Burkhard Bovensiepen - told CarAdvice the brand's experience in other markets makes it confident there won't be competition between Alpina cars and BMW M cars...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016

Hi there, Tegan Lawson with you at the CarAdvice News Desk, this week we’re on location at Sydney Motorsport Park for MotorWorld Sydney. Here’s what’s making news this week. The Takata airbag global scandal continues with Subaru forced to recall more than 34,000 vehicles. The model-year 2008 and 2009 Impreza and the model-year 2009 Forester have been affected...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...