No Baby BMW Alpinas, Boss Says

by Member - Evanwritescars on August 26, 2019, 10:36 am

Looking forward to a Mini or a new 1 Series by Alpina? Don't hold your breath says the head of the company. They're not planning on doing any front-drivers.

“No, it’s not our plan. Development costs are very high and [they’re] still going up with the new emissions rules. So for us it’s better to stay with inline [powertrains], the ZF gearbox,” Alpina Boss Andreas Bovensiepen told Motoring. “We like to use one engine in several cars. For example, we have the V8 engine we had in the past, in the 6 Series, in the 5 Series and in the 7 Series. With our diesels we have the same engines in the X3, [and] in the 5 Series, and only the six-cylinder petrol [engine] in the 3 Series and 4 Series.”

The front-driver BMWs use a completely different gearbox than the rear-drivers. So for Alpina, that means starting all over in development and durability testing. Plus the lower-cost models are less likely to support the extra expense of an Alpina. Why by a 2 Series Active Tourer from Alpina, after all, when you could just get an X3. Or an Alpina XD3.

So they're going to stick with what they do best. and that's probably the best thing for them to do.


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