BMW tuning company Alpina most recently offered two products in the United States: the B7, based on the 7 Series sedan, and the B6, a hotter version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe.
"We will have a replacement for the 6 Series Gran Coupe," Alpina boss Andreas Bovensiepen told Roadshow at the company’s headquarters in Buchloe, Germany, on Wednesday.
As for what we can expect from an Alpina 8 Series, a healthy bump in power (with a focus on low-end torque) is a sure thing, along with significant chassis modifications, unique interior trim and, of course, those killer 20-spoke, 21-inch wheels.
When asked if Alpina will use BMW 8 Series as the basis for that new model — specifically, the new 8 Series Gran Coupe — Bovensiepen replied, "That’s the intention".
"When we had the B6 and B7 it was the first time that we had two model lines in the United States running parallel," Alpina product manager Jonathan Ganser told Roadshow.
Alpina products are distributed via the BMW network here in the United States, but in Europe, the tuning company is an independently registered automaker.
But since BMW recently killed every 6 Series variant except the Gran Turismo, Alpina is instead looking to the 8 Series for a new US offering.
In Europe, Alpina sells a range of models, including hot versions of the 3 Series, 4 Series and 5 Series, as well as the X3 and X4 crossovers.
We can't wait to see BMW's lovely new 8 Series all done up in Alpina style.https://t.co/1Yg5xofuEB— CNET News (@CNETNews) June 26, 2019