Alpina’s story began at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the 1960s. Founder Burkard Bovensiepen walked the show floor and noticed that there was a lot of unused space under the hoods of BMWs. So he developed an upgrade for the BMW 1500 in the form of twin Weber carburettors. The quality was so good that BMW kept the factory warranty on BMWs with Alpina parts.
Since then it has been a big hit between the two. Today, Alpina even supplies parts to the BMW factory, so that Alpinas actually roll off the production line like Alpinas. At Alpina’s home base, they only screw the bumper attachments and the leather into the car. The same leather that Rolls-Royce uses for its models, by the way. Even more fun: recently you can order Alpina brand new in the Netherlands at Dusseldorp. And we have the prices of Alpina in the Netherlands.
Alpina B3 – 129,294 euros
The Alpina B3 is the smallest of the bunch, but the most important in this list. This had to be the best seller in the Netherlands. Relatively speaking, because with a total production of 2,000 copies per year, Alpinas will remain a rarity. It uses the 3.0-liter in-line six of the BMW M3, but with new turbos. Fun fact: the turbos come from the Dutch company Tachyon. The new power is 462 hp and the torque is now 700 Nm. The 0-100 time is 3.8 seconds for the sedan and 3.9 seconds for the Touring. The top speed is 303 km/h.
The same 3-series is also available as Alpina D3 S. This again uses a 3.0-liter six-in-line, but one that likes diesel. It is good for 355 hp and 730 Nm. The 0-100 time is 4.6 seconds (4.8 for the Touring) and the top speed is 273 km/h. The diesel will cost you 107,460 euros.
Alpina XD3 – 135,859 euros
The Alpina based on the X3 is only available as a diesel. This uses the same six-in-line as the D3 S, but adjusted differently. The power is 394 hp and the torque is 800 Nm, good for a 0-100 time of 4.6 seconds and a top of 267 km/h. Prefer a sloping roofline? Then there is the XD4 with about the same specs for 139,112 euros.
Alpina B5 – 173,269 euros
The 4.4-liter V8 from the BMW M5, but slightly different. The power is 4 hp less, but the torque is 50 Nm higher. We are talking about 621 hp and 800 Nm, good for a 0-100 time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 330 km/h. For the Touring, that is 3.6 seconds and 322 km/h respectively.
For the diesel, there is the D5 S. This can use a 3.0-liter six-in-line with three turbos for 408 hp and 800 Nm. The 0-100 time is just under 4.4 seconds and 4.6 for the Touring. The top speed is 286 km/h. This diesel costs 141,548 euros.
Alpina B7 – 211.831 euros
For the Alpina B7, the brand does not take the top motorization with the biturbo V12, but the same 4.4-liter V8 as, for example, the 750i or the BMW M5. The power is hardly inferior to that of the V12. The Alpina B7 produces 608 hp and 800 Nm. This giant reaches a top of 330 km/h after sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. The 7-series with V12 is unfortunately no longer available to order in the Netherlands.
Alpina B8 – 220,524 euros
Perhaps the most beautiful of all Alpina’s at the moment. You know the engine by now, it is the 4.4-liter V8. Here it produces 621 hp and 800 Nm. The 0-100 time is equal to the Alpina B5 at 3.4 seconds. Obviously – for this price – the top speed is above the magical 300 limit. At 324 km/h the cake is finished.
Alpina XB7 – 232,135 euros
Alpina is normally the more understated alternative to the M-Division models. That kite is not going up here. The XB7 is more striking than the standard BMW X7 M50i. The specifications are just as exaggerated: 621 hp, 800 Nm and a top speed of 290 km/h. The 0-100 time is 4.2 seconds. Don’t forget that this car has three rows of seats. Of all the prices of Alpina’s in the Netherlands, this one is the highest.