|Review:||ALPINA at London MPH03 show|
|ALPINA had just one car at the show - but what a car - a dark blue Z4 roadster featuring the 3.4S engine - 300bhp, manual (the only
option currently available in the UK).|
The car was wearing 19inch dynamic wheels on the drivers side, that looked amazing. On the passenger side the car wore classic wheels. This was a similar approach with the wheels as was done at Frankfurt.
In my opinion the car looked far sexier than the red one used in Frankfurt and Tokyo.
Like the 6-Series the
front of the car is a bit nice for me, but the ALPINA front lip certainly improves things. Nice touches were the interior detailing,
Alpina emblem stitched on the backs of the seats; the wind cowling also featured a ALPINA emblem; and classiest of all
the door shuts were a stamped metallic featuring ALPINA Roadster 3.4S.
I'd noticed Nick Godfrey (the UK ALPINA boss)on the stand when I was walking across and so asked him a few questions about the car and the coming year.
Nick said he was very optimistic about the car - he reckons it is really going to sell well and given the show car
I cannot argue. Certainly in the short time I was with him a number of people showed serious interest.
Nick also talked frankly
about the 5 and 6 Series - indicating that the B7 (4.4litre V8 supercharged) engine would be coming in both guises. He
also indicated that it was unlikely that there would be a 3.4 litre version too. The news about the 3.4 is a bit disappointing
but can be attributed to the poor B10 sales in comparison to sales of the V8 and subsequent V8s.
The B7 will start appearing in