In Europe, Alpina offers a full lineup of modified BMWs in addition to the B7, including the B3–a higher-output, 360-hp 335i–as well as 5- and 6-series cars (B5 and B6) with the B7’s powertrain. We think the B5 and B6 could find a following here as they have just as much horsepower as the M5 and M6, a bunch more torque (516 pound-feet versus 383), an easy-to-live-with automatic, a 30-percent-better fuel-economy rating, and perhaps even more performance. In fact, in a test by the British mag Autocar, a B6 outperformed an M6 to 60 mph, to 100 mph, and from 0 to 100 and back. So it’s not surprising that BMW has no plans to bring either of those two potential M spoilers–or any other Alpinas, for that matter–to the U.S.
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