Introducing the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

  • Ezekiel Wheeler

In March, the longtime BMW collaborator Alpina launched its latest creation, the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, which is based on the body of BMW’s 6 Series Gran Coupe. The B6 is the first four-door coupe in Alpina’s portfolio of performance vehicles. The potent 4.4-liter V-8 biturbo engine of the B6 produces 540 hp and 540 ft lbs of torque, and it is mated to a BMW ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, with Alpina’s Switch-Tronic technology, that makes smoother and faster gear changes. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system ensures optimal traction and power transfer for various driving conditions. These upgrades enable the B6 to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 3.7 seconds—0.6 second faster than BMW’s top-of-the-line 650i xDrive Gran Coupe—and a top speed of 198 mph, which is 43 mph faster than the electronically limited top speed of the 650i.

Additional upgrades include high-performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires wrapped around 20-inch Alpina Classic light alloy wheels, and a stainless-steel exhaust system with twin elliptical tailpipes mated to Alpina’s Driving Experience Control (called Driving Dynamics Control in the United States), which allows the driver to adjust the sound of the exhaust note (via a button in the cockpit). The Driving Experience Control also allows for adjustments of the suspension system (which features Alpina-calibrated dampers and stabilizers), torque distribution, stability control, steering assistance, and throttle response.

The BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe starts at $118,225 (including destination and handling) and is available as a special-order vehicle. Owners can take delivery of the car at the BMW delivery center in Munich, Germany, or at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, S.C. (www.bmwusa.com)

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