Based on the BMW 850CSi which was presented to the public in 1992, the B12 5.7 Coupe was one of the fastest cars Alpina have ever made. The engine is based on the BMW Motorsport prepared 5.6-litre V12, which produces 380bhp. Alpina modified the engine capacity to 5.7-litres, as well as the intake, crankshaft and camshafts. A new exhaust system featuring Alpina’s own stainless steel catalytic converters was fitted, and the Motronic engine management system was reprogrammed. These changes improved output to 416bhp and 570Nm of torque.
The B12 Coupe was based on the already highly regarded BMW 850 CSi, typically Alpina finely honed the car with an extensive list of upgrades resulting in a very rapid and satisfying driving machine and the fastest BMW ever at the time. Performance was phenomenal – a top speed in excess of 180mph with a sub 5 second dash to 60mph. A handmade carbon fibre bonnet with NACA duct reduced weight and aided engine cooling, whilst uprated Alpina springs with Bilstein dampers and massive 285/35 rear tyres mounted on Alpina 20 spoke alloy wheels greatly aided road holding. The standard gearbox was a Getrag 6-speed manual, though the Shift-Tronic gearbox was an option.
This range-topping B12 5.7 was specified from new with the rare and desirable 6-speed manual gearbox. Part of a small collection of classics, the Alpina has been owned by just one collector for c. 15 years. Finished in Dakar Yellow, the B12 is supplied with many older bills for maintenance and repairs with BMW dealer Bernhardt und Roehrich and BMW specialist Detlev Schmitter. Having been in dry storage in recent years, the BMW would benefit from a service with new fluids. This model is now becoming exceptionally desirable in the classic cars market, as such we feel now is a very good time to invest in one of the most collectible BMWs you can buy.