Alpina wanted to build a charged MINI. But then changed mindJuly 16, 2019
The prototype was assembled in the early 2000s, but never went into the series.
In a conversation with Autocar, Alpina managing director Andreas Bofenzipen spoke about the MINI hot hatch project – the first prototype and the reasons why the production of such a model was not launched.
According to Bofenzipen, a “charged” hatchback could be the most affordable model in the Alpina lineup. In the early 2000s, engineers assembled and tested the prototype, but turning it into a serial model turned out to be more difficult and more expensive than originally thought. The head of the company added that the problem of cash costs was “aggravated by the fact that the original MINI is not part of the heritage of Alpina”.
The same fate befell the BMW i8. Earlier it was reported that the management of the German brand banned Alpina from working on a more powerful version of the hybrid, since “such a car does not correspond to the ideology of the ‘green’ sub-brand i”. In addition, such a machine could compete with the models of the M-line.
As in the case of the MINI, the studio has prepared a test specimen, complete with a hybrid power plant with a four-cylinder turbo engine instead of a three-cylinder stock unit. As a result, the output of the units was about 460 hp, which is 100 horsepower more than the standard i8.
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