Alpina, a German car manufacturer, debuted the third iteration of their high-performance grand tourer, the B6 (F12), at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. It was offered as both a coupe and convertible; the latter was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show that same year. In 2014, they added a saloon model to their lineup – dubbed «gran coupe» – which has been replaced in 2021 by its successor, the B8 gran coupe (G16).
The B6 is based on the 650i and incorporates a modified N63 twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This engine was upgraded with new turbochargers featuring custom exhaust turbines, a BOSCH MEVD 17.2.H ECU, MAHLE pistons, and a bigger intercooler. The 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, with an optional limited slip differential, is connected to the engine. For those who prefer more control, there is the Sport Shift mode, which enables gear changes using buttons located on the back of the steering wheel.
This vehicle is equipped with an electronically adjustable suspension system including Drive Performance dampers and Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation technology, all managed by custom Alpina software. The Read more
The interior of the car comes with Lavalina leather upholstery and myrtle wood trim as standard. The Alpina logos and emblems are visible throughout the interior, with additional features such as illuminated door sills, a panoramic roof, Alpina gauges, adjustable vented sports seats, heated rear seats and BMW driver assistance plus including active blind spot detection and a sports steering wheel. Europe was privileged to have exclusive access to the customisation programme that Alpina has developed for interiors.
This vehicle is equipped with 20-inch Alpina traditional multi-spoke alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
The B6 coupé and convertible have a rear-wheel drivetrain while the later introduced gran coupe has an all-wheel drivetrain.
The B6 coupé and convertible have been proven to reach 0-97 km/h (0-60 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, and can go as fast as 320 km/h (199 mph). However, independent testing showed that the vehicle is able to exceed the claimed top speed of 328 km/h (204 mph), thus making it quicker than its BMW M rival, the M6.
The Alpina B6 gran coupé achieved a 0-97 km/h (0-60 mph) acceleration time of 3.7 seconds, 0-161 km/h (0-100 mph) acceleration time of 8.2 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 12.0 seconds and a top speed of 319 km/h (198 mph) compared to the BMW M6 gran coupé, it offers a more luxurious ride at slightly lower performance levels.