Connect 4: seminal Alpinas, CAR+ September 2015

Published: 02 September 2015

► Alpina's 50th anniversary
► Edition 50 tops 200mph
► Looking back through 50 years 

The 204mph saloon: Alpina Edition 50 (2015)

With 592bhp and 590lb ft, the B5 Bi-Turbo Edition 50 is the most powerful Alpina ever, hitting 62mph in 4.2sec and 204mph. It’s also an £87k BMW 5-series. A 6-series version is available, too.

The BMW beater: Alpina Roadster V8 (2002-2003)

Alpina’s great talent is combining performance with comfort. Take its take on the BMW Z8, which ditched the manual for an auto, used softer shocks and a torquier V8, creating an effortless cruiser.

The lightweight legend: BMW 3.0 CSL (1972-1973)

This BMW homologation special featured many Alpina components as standard – but that’s no surprise given Alpina not only helped develop the car but suggested the idea in the first place. 

The acorn: BMW 1500 twin-carb conversion (1963)

It all began with Burkard Bovenseipen’s BMW 1500 twin-carb conversion – so good, BMW factory support swiftly followed. The family business name officially swapped from typewriters to cars in 1965.

By CJ Hubbard

Former CAR magazine associate editor, road tester, organiser, extremely variable average wheel count