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  • For Alpina, BMW’s introduction of the 3.0 CSL provided a superb advertisement for their products, because many of the components on the BMW 3.0 CSL were already Alpina-developed. But Alpina also offered a more powerful version of the CSL. Amongst others forged higher compression pistons, three Weber 45 DCOE carburetors, bigger inlet and outlet valves and a new camshaft were installed. Also, a special exhaust system was fitted. The engine now had 250 bhp and acceleration was very impressive. 0-100 km/h in 6,7 seconds, 0-160 km/h in 14,8 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 27,1 seconds with a top speed of 243 km/h. That is faster than the Aston Martin DBS V8 and the Ferrari 365 GT and they cost twice as much. The handling improved thanks to Bilstein springs and dampers. Bigger front discs and ventilated disks all around were installed. Inside the car, the seats are racing items from Scheel, three additional instruments and an Alpina leather steering-wheel.

    Concurrent with the introduction of the CSL, Alpina gained access to BMW´s dealer network. Now Alpina wheels, spoilers and accessories were sold and installed by BMW dealers. However the actual introduction of the first fully-developed Alpina car was not made until 1978. That year, Bovensiepen demonstrated the new car to a handful of journalists- it was the 3-series based Alpina B6 2.8.