Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The B4 S is an expensive car to buy, no question. That goes for those buying with cash, on a finance deal or on the extremely rare occasion somebody is allowed to run one as a company car. Lined up next to its rivals, it costs more than an Audi RS5 but less than a Mercedes-AMG C 63 at list price, although in both cases the differences are minimal. There’s a bigger difference between the B4 S and BMW’s M4, where the M4 is cheaper.
At least Alpina hasn’t skimped on the equipment: leather seats, climate control, sat-nav, DAB radio, LED headlights and 20in alloy wheels are all on the list. And, naturally, the options list is extensive, meaning the final price is capable of being staggeringly huge.
Selling so few cars in the UK every year means that we don’t have any residual value data for any Alpina, but you only have to look at the classifieds to see that their rarity, and exclusivity means values hold extremely well – easily as well as its rivals.
However, like those rivals, runnings costs will be steep. Driven spiritedly, the B4 S gets through a fair amount of fuel and its tyres won’t thank you for that either. A new set of the latter could run to four figures quite easily. Then there’s the servicing costs for its high-powered engine and the cost of insuring it against thieves – many of whom will be partial to the B4 S’s looks.
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