Ads on test: Alpina B9 3.5 (E28)
There isn't much that's cooler than a 1980s BMW these days. Apart from this Alpina...
Cost New £28,393 Price £49,950
Alpina B9 3.5 (E28)
On sale at: Cambridge Motor Co
Engine: 3430cc, 6-cyl, SOHC
Transmission: RWD, 5-speed manual
Top speed: 149mph
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1981: Alpina's first take on the E28 5-Series – the B9 3.5 – takes the 528i as its basis. Alpina junked the 2.8-litre engine and replaced it with the 3.5-litre straight six. It was further enhanced with Mahle pistons, a new camshaft and a revised ECU, plus Bilstein dampers. In 1985 it was renamed the B10, and received the same engine as the B6 3.5 3-Series, which produced 261bhp without a cat, or 254bhp with. Production ceased in
1987: With 577 built, 77 of which were B10s.
1984: B7 Turbo/1 released, based on the B9/B10, but with a KKK K27 turbo. Just 236 of these 300-320bhp cars were built before production ceased in 1987.