BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe, reminds you of the M cars that were special in the 80s

2015-04-29 11:45:08
BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe, reminds you of the M cars that were special in the 80s
BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe, reminds you of the M cars that were special in the 80s

Driving an M3 of the 80s era is hugely amazing with its softness when you compared the modern day dual clutch scalpels that slice through asphalt. Calling them scalpel could be an understatement because they are more like chisels with big curb weight, feeling of rigidity and more capability. Well, it has been now redeemed by the introduction of the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe.


BMW has dialed back the speedy numbers a notch and swapped horses for more torque and a tight eight-speed slushbox has replaced the still swanky dual clutch transmission.   To satisfy the whims of the Snow Belt people has added a four wheel drive and what you are looking at it is the BMW Alpine B6. The Alpine version M6 Gran Coupe will cost $1600 more than the $116,650 of the M6. The Alpina version just gets 540hp with its 4.4 Liter V-8 compared to the 560hp of the stock M6. While the M gets 500 lb-ft of torque the Alpina version produces 540 pounds. The BMW’s xDrive system routes the healthy torque  and this is not available with the M6, and 20-inch wheels with trademark 20-spokes and wrapped in 255 and 285 section rubbers meets the ground.

The combined forces of extra weight and reduced power bring the huge four-door vehicle to a 3.7 seconds timing at 0-60mph short sprint. This time is slower to the M6 Gran Coupe last tested and the weight advantage about 373 pound also contribute to the quick arrival of the quarter mile mark with 11.7 seconds over the  Alpina’s 12.1 seconds. When the stock M6 makes a skidpad figure of 0.93g the Alpina slightly lags behind with 0.92g. The Alpina of 2015 is more in range with the contemporary AMG vehicles, rigid but not elastic, and monstrous performance but not unduly violent.

In line with the exterior the interior also toe the same line with full-custom but subtle theme. The test vehicle featured an interior with   burnt-amber hide trimmed with red-toned burl. The combined effects bring the shark-nose 6-series to memory, which had their moments in swinging parties. When it seemed as the M badge has seen their last days, the B6 comes with a specialness that was witnessed in the yesteryear M Cars. The car many not seem alarmingly swift, but it is swift enough satisfy speedsters.

The 2015 Alpina B6 Gran Coupe has four-wheel-drive in a front-engine layout, and it is offered in 4-door sedan body style. Our tested car cost $126, 050 compared to the base car’s $118,250. The V-8 with twin-turbo has 32-valves, and it is intercooled and fed by direct injection. The engine offers a displacement of 4395cc and produces 540 horsepower at the rate of 6250 rpm.   The 540 pound peak torque is available at the rpm of just 2800.  An eight speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode supplies power to all four wheels and the big car carries a weight of 4738 lb. The car still produces a peak burst of 198mph speed and a fuel economy rate of 16/24mpg for city and highway.

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