Alpina B4 BiTurbo revealed in Tokyo

Alpina B4 BiTurbo revealed in Tokyo

Surprise unveil of 4-series-based Alpina B4 BiTurbo at the Tokyo motor show

The Alpina B4 BiTurbo has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show.

Sharing its mechanical package with the B3 BiTurbo, it is powered by a straight six 404bhp 3.0-litre engine with 443lb ft of torque. It has a top speed of 189mph and can cover 0-62mph in 4.2sec.

In addition, the BMW 4-series coupe-based car has trademark Alpina front and rear spoilers, which it says increase the car’s high-speed stability.

Adaptive damping is standard, as are non run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, which Alpina says improves grip and ride comfort.

The car weighs 1615kg, and includes weight-saving kit such as a modified exhaust.

Alpina bosses say the B4 BiTurbo will cost around £59,000 when it arrives in the UK in the middle of 2014.

Japan is Alpina’s third largest market, after selling its first car in 1979. It has enjoyed a record year in 2013, selling 1400 cars globally and 300 in Japan. The Japanese diesel market is picking up pace, after clean air regulations made it unfavourable. The shift in the market is due to the rising cost of petrol after the government forced down the value of the yen.

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