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a soothing blue light.
The interior lighting cues add to the upscale
ambiance. When I was in Berlin fifteen years ago,
I noticed several German artists experimenting
with light, especially with fiber optics. The B8's
interior lighting is simply a work of art.
Driving the B8 was simply a dream.
A natural daily driver, it navigated the urban
streets as if it were half the size, with parallel
parking being a breeze. On the curvy back roads,
the B8 addressed them as if it was the M8
Competition. And on the interstates, the B8
maintained an autobahn-like pace with a smooth
and quite confident feel and a ride that rivals a
Rolls-Royce.
And this was while driving through the
monsoon-like conditions!
By the way, during our 2000-mile excursion,
we achieved an average fuel economy of 24 miles
per gallon.
While paradoxical, it would be an understatement
to say that the 2023 Alpina B8 is a lot of
car for $148,000.
The younger me would prefer the M8
Competition gran coupe while today's me prefers
the B8. To me, the B8 is a better daily driver.
And these older bones and muscles now ache a
bit after a day in today's M vehicles.
This is not the first time I drove such a
California trek in an 8 Series. In 1996, I put a
BMW 850 Csi through its paces on these same
roads. A true gran tourer that I found to be
extremely desirable, that generation 8 Series was
very controversial with the BMW faithful (including
our esteemed Roundel editor). Today, the E31
8 Series is considered a great classic car
investment.
The bottom line on the 2023 Alpina B8?
I want one.
■ (Below) The interior light show.
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■ (From the Top) The rear design connotes a fine balance of performance and luxury. Roomy trunk.
(Below) A very inviting front passenger area. As in the area for the rear passengers.
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