The interior layout, fit and finish
Other than the bespoke blue speedo and rev counter displays, and Alpina-embossed threshold kick plates that greet you when you open the doors, there are very few differences between the Alpina B8 Gran Coupé and the BMW M850 it's based on. But that’s no bad thing.
Material quality and the overall fit and finish are first class, and Alpina has done just enough to lift the interior to a point where it feels special. For example, the B8 gets the same Merino leather as the normal M850, but it's available in punchier colours – in the case of our test car, an Ivory White and Night Blue combination.
As in the M850, the steering wheel and seat are both electrically adjustable, the seat is comfortable and nothing feels out of kilter. There’s a head-up display as standard, which beams plenty of information into your sightline, and the digital dials can be set up in all manner of styles and display all sorts of useful info.
Visibility isn’t perfect, though. The front pillars are quite fat and tend to obscure your vision through tight corners, although the B8's rivals aren't much better in this regard, while the rear screen is fairly shallow.
Front and rear parking sensors are standard, though, as is a rear-view camera (a 360-degree camera is optional). The B8 comes with ultra-bright adaptive LED headlights, but if LEDs are a bit ‘last season’ for you, laser lights are available an option.