Alpina, everyone’s favourite purveyors of reimagined (but new) BMWs, have announced a new run of limited edition cars based on the F32/F33 4 Series Coupe and Convertible, the B4S. Linking these cars are specific interior and exterior enhancements as well as performance-minded upgrades, but they will all be counted under the Edition 99 label regardless of body style.
Supposedly, because the number doesn’t cut squarely by two, the exact ratio of coupe versus convertible is not fixed and will be left to how many orders are placed for each. And it’ll be interesting to see which will end up being the most exclusive (least popular) body style of this limited edition run of Alpinas.
The first differentiator given to the Edition 99 are their bespoke exterior colours. In a very un-Alpina-like move, some these new finishes are very bright, particularly the Fire Orange option. Should one’s taste be more subdued, there’s Mineral White, Sapphire Black, Grigio Medio gray, and the eponymous Alpina Blue to choose from.
Both the Coupe and Convertible are powered, such as they usually are, by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-6 petrol that’s been breathed upon by Alpina engineers to produce a far more power than the standard BMW tune. And thanks to a now-standard titanium exhaust system by Akrapovic, helps the mill generate 331kW and 680Nm at peak.
The Alpine B4S Edition 99 Coupe can be had with either rear- or all-wheel drive flavours, and naturally the latter would be allow for more surefooted wet weather performance and stronger acceleration overall. They claim the 100km/h sprint takes a mere 3.9 seconds with the xDrive system fitted (4.2s for rear-wheel drive) and an astonishing top speed of 303km/h.
Meanwhile, the Edition 99 Convertible - which is only available with rear-wheel drive - can boast of similarly strong numbers despite the additional weight of its folding metal roof, taking just 0.1 seconds longer to reach that century mark compared to the equivalently rear driven Coupe and a top speed of 304km/h.
Moving into the cabin is arguably where the exclusivity is most felt. Alpina are known for their luxurious appointments, improving significantly upon the already premium BMW interiors, but here the they impresses even more with an slightly embossed ‘Edition 99’ badge on the dashboard and, depending on buyer choice, can opt for an Anthracite Alcatara or Carbon Leather treatment.
Of course, Alpina’s very plush handmade Lavalina leather is used generously and integrated into the specific trim choices aforementioned. With the veil surrounding the G20 BMW 3 Series already lifted and a next-generation 4 Series potentially just around the corner. Perhaps this is their own way of sending off the F32 and F33 with a bang.
We wonder if Alpina Australia will be taking orders soon. That should prove a little trickier, though, as the all-wheel drive Coupe variant will only be offered in a left-hand drive configuration.