The Alpina B12 is arguably the most interesting and exciting model in the German tuner’s lineup of the 1990s. Being the first Alpina to use a V12 engine changes everything, as well as the limited production that makes the B12 a find. rare nowadays. If you are looking for one, now is your chance.
One of the few examples of B12 models is currently on sale at RM Sotheby’s right now. He now has a little $ 31,000 and interested bidders have a few days to place their bids before the hammer falls on August 4th.
The Alpina B12s are based on the 7 Series or the 8 Series depending on the model year. This particular example was based on the old E38; only a total of 202 units were produced. Of that number, only 59 were long-wheelbase versions, and this auctioned unit is one of them.
Under the hood, of course, is an enlarged version of BMW’s new M73 V12 mill. With a modified air intake system, new cylinder heads and higher compression Mahle pistons, the 5.7-liter powertrain produces up to 382 horsepower (285 kilowatts) and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton- meters) of torque. This is then mated to a 5-speed ZF automatic transmission with Alpina-exclusive “Switch-Tronic” transmission, among the first in the world to allow manual gear changes via buttons on the steering wheel.
Despite the numbers above, the Alpina B12 did not lack luxury as you can see in the images above. Along with leather trim, it has power front and rear seats, trunk-mounted stereo CD changer, rear seat trays, and rear audio and climate controls in the center armrest.
The auctioned unit was imported by the current owner from Japan to Canada, although it has a left-hand drive configuration. It displays less than 85,000 kilometers (53,189 miles) on the odometer when cataloged by RM Sotheby’s.