Continuing on today’s green theme and moving up the pecking order a few notches from the E12 duo from the other day, here we have something of a monster. Alpina offered E24 fans a special treat with a turned up turbocharged variant of the 635CSi that was good enough not only to rival BMW’s own M6/M635CSi, but indeed to better it.
The M88 was already a bit of legend before BMW offered derivatives in the /3 and catalyst-equipped S38. With 256-286 horsepower depending on tune, it was about as good as non-exotic normally aspirated motors got in the 1980s. But Alpina had always had a knack for outdoing the cars their creations were based upon, so in went the turbocharger. The result was impressive in any form; the Turbo Coupe/1 was good for 300 horsepower and could match the acceleration of the M cars. But matching wasn’t enough, so Alpina upped the power with the B7S. Now up to 3.4 liters and good for 320 plus horsepower and nearly 400 lb.ft of torque, it was a car which could rip your face off anytime, anywhere. Like all Alpinas, they were lovingly crafted and full of exquisite detail work and limited to only 30 examples:
What a shark we caught today, readers! This E24 comes directly from reader Lawrence, who is parting with this extremely clean, extremely rare piece of Teutonic perfection. Alpina’s always get me going, as I think they accentuate the best elements of BMWs, especially those from the 80s. Distinctive, simple wheels, Tron-like decals, and sharky body kits are where it’s at. Add in some healthy power upgrades and BMW’s GT becomes an 80’s supercar.
Lawrence’s pages have some great info, so I’ll let him give the B7S Turbo Coupe history:
The Alpina B7S Turbo Coupe is most powerful (330hp), the fastest (0-100km/hr in 5.8 sec and 280km/hr top speed), and the rarest of all the Alpina 80’s cars. Very few Alpina cars ever made it to North America, as they had to be federalized like the Porsche Turbos and Ferrari Boxers. Alpina made a special edition of their 5 and 6 series cars in 1982, offering 60 B7S Sedans in Alpina Blue with a Blue Cloth/Leather interior and 30 B7S Turbo Coupes, all in Alpina dark green metallic with a green tartan cloth/leather interior. There were only a few cars that differed from the B7S colours-a pair of B7S, a coupe an sedan were painted in Anthracite Grey for members of the Quant family, and there is this car which kept the Alpina green, but had a very special interior in full leather with the top of the line Recaro Ortho C seats.
#14 of just 30, this is a very special BMW. Lawrence provides a great, detailed history of the car worth reading for those interested, but it’s well-summarized thusly:
This Alpina BMW is a unique car. It is the only example of the B7S Turbo fitted with a full leather interior, and the only example fitted with the top-of-the-line Recaro Ortho seats.