The BMW 6 Series wears perhaps the most unnoticeable facelift for what we believe will be the 2016 model-year. That does not diminish how cool and exclusive the B6 xDrive GranCoupe is. Nor does it dampen the huge, HUGE sprint and top-end pace of this AWD super-sedan.
Meet the first (and only) Alpina B6 in the United States at the moment.
This blue stunner is, in fact, the quickest BMW ever made.
The addition of AWD and a huge jump in twin-turbo V8 power means the Alpina B6 is more rapid to 60-mph than any other BMW. Ever.
This includes the M6, 1980 M1, 2015 M5 Jahre 30, i8, M4, M3…. Everything else is slower.
THE PRIVATE DEBUT
As well as the USA reveal of the Vision Future Luxury concept and M5 30th Anniversary, BMW’s Pebble Beach villa was packed with all the hottest metal in the range.
From M3’s and M4’s to i3’s and i8’s — the parking lot of the mansion was almost as newsworthy as the executive presentations and one-off concepts on show.
One such stunner parked quietly to the side is the Alpina B6, which is available in the USA for the first time ever as a 2015 model year.
The Alpina B6 is coming to America exclusively as a Gran Coupe, where its sexy style, power and equipment upgrade makes a strong case for itself versus the M6 Gran Coupe.
The key reasons for choosing the B6 over the M6 are:
— standard AWD traction in the Alpina
— Added exclusivity — perhaps 50 total cars will come over in 2015 to the US
— Cabin design and material choices from the almost limitless Alpina custom leather and suede gallery
— A more comfortable ride
— Quicker than the M6 thanks to the xDrive and 540-horsepower engine
— Factory exhaust upgrade to free the sonic delights of this engine much more than the stock M6
That is a good list.
Pricing for the Alpina B6 Gran Coupe in the USA is from $118,000, and the car can be special-ordered now as a 2015 model from BMW showrooms nationwide.
2015 BMW ALPINA B6
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The all-new BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe
WHERE BEAUTY MEETS BRAWN.
The all-new BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe takes power and elegance to the next level.
The ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe’s 4.4-liter ALPINA Bi-Turbo V8 engine boasts 540-horsepower and 540 lb-ft of torque. It also features an impressive 8-speed Sport auto transmission with ALPINA Switch-Tronic software and BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.
Fitted with ALPINA’s specially designed front apron, front spoiler and quad tailpipes, it’s hard not to notice the ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe’s stunning, one of a kind accents.
ALPINA Exclusive Features
This specially designed model features an exclusive LAVALINA leather steering wheel and all the unique ALPINA badging. The attention to detail is visible from every ALPINA emblem to the optional ALPINA Blue and ALPINA Green paintwork.
Produced in relatively low volumes, the exclusive ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is a truly unique vehicle that you won’t see every day.
The 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe
ALPINA’s unique blend of super-high performance and individuality in a
stunningly beautiful 6 Series Gran Coupe body and featuring xDrive.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 4, 2014 … Today BMW announced the launch of the
new BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe. The 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran
Coupe will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show in
April and will go on sale immediately thereafter. Pricing will be $118,225, including $925
destination and handling.
The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe delivers exceptional 0 to 60 mph acceleration
in only 3.7 seconds. The 540-horsepower and 540 lb-ft output of the 4.4-liter ALPINA BiTurbo V8 is channeled through an 8-speed sport automatic transmission with ALPINA
Switch-Tronic and BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.
A carefully tuned high-performance stainless steel ALPINA exhaust system with twin
elliptical tailpipes resonates with a deep but unobtrusive exhaust note.
Electronic Damping Control and Active Roll Stabilization technology work together with
the fully variable torque distribution of the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. The
seamless integration of chassis and powertrain enables agile and neutral driving dynamics
that meet the highest demands for sportiness, comfort and all-weather traction.
With a top speed of 198 MPH, the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe impresses not
only through its effortless and confident super-high performance, but also with its finely
balanced handling and smooth refinement.
Elegant and functional aerodynamic design.
Typical ALPINA design features blend stylishly into the elegant lines of the B6 Gran
Coupe, accentuating its dynamic and powerful appearance. The delicate and refined 20”
ALPINA CLASSIC 21-spoke wheels complement the long and smooth contours of the
B6 Gran Coupe.As beautiful as the ALPINA design features are, the aerodynamic elements are also fully
functional. The front apron with integrated, slightly protruding splitter elements directs
airflow over and around the body rather than underneath the vehicle, thus contributing to
increased high speed aerodynamic stability.
The front apron was carefully designed to provide sufficient airflow for the cooling needs
of the powertrain, directing air to the intercooler, as well as to the different heat exchanger
elements for coolant and oil. The 14.7 inch diameter front brake rotors and the 13.6 inch
diameter rear brake rotors benefit from NACA ducts at the front of the underbody to
direct cold air towards them.
Handcrafted interior with the finest materials.
The ALPINA exclusive LAVALINA leather is used to cover the hand-stitched steering
wheel, door sill trims are highlighted with an illuminated ALPINA logo and exclusive
ALPINA Myrtle wood or Piano Black trim finishes are available.
A wide range of individualization possibilities are available for ALPINA customers. The
BMW Individual and the ALPINA equipment ranges are available to create a truly unique
vehicle using the Gran Coupe body as a canvas for the personal preferences of BMW
ALPINA B6 drivers. Exclusive ALPINA exterior colors available for the BMW ALPINA B6
xDrive Gran Coupe include ALPINA Blue and ALPINA Green.