This is the first apparition of Alpina at Up and Coming Cars, which is one of the most important business partners of BMW. In the past, this company has been responsible for amazing creations based on solid models from the Bavarian car maker, which is a good sign every time they announce a new launch.
The 2016 Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe will be the attractive alternative for the powerful M6. Expect a massive engine, a world-class luxury, and undefeatable comfort on the road. BMW itself can provide this, but if a model gets outsourced to a company like Alpina, results are always beyond expectation.
The changes are significant, making the Alpina B6 a singular choice to take. We are getting more power while the same engine is being onboard. So, what is so special about it? A lot of things, actually.
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Let’s take a closer look at the features offered by the 2016 Alpina B6.
Powertrain and Specs
The opulent 2016 Alpina B6 packs a twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve 4.4 L V8 totally capable of generating up to 600 hp and a maximum torque of 590 lb-ft. You must know that this same powerplant is only able to produce 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque when onboard of the base M6. In terms of transmission, we get a retuned-for-the-occasion 8-speed automatic gearbox.
This all-wheel-drive magnificent sedan can go from standstill to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, which makes it a really quick luxurious vehicle. The specialized media loved to compare it with some of the tougher competitors in its same segment. The result was pleasing for the Alpina B6 with minor exceptions. These comparisons included the Audi RS 7 and the Mercedes CLS63 AMG
On the other hand, fuel efficient aren’t quite attractive but it’s expected, due its massive motor. The 2016 Alpina B6 was rated at 15 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Besides this, we found a high-performance luxury sedan with all the required hardware to deliver a cheerful ride. The excess of power onboard is not a problem, mainly thanks to the top-notch suspension layout.
Conservative Design and Hardcore Opulence
While this isn’t a Rolls Royce, the 2016 Alpina B6 does provides an out-of-this-world ride. But let’s talk first about how it looks from the exterior. As we can see, this Alpina creation is widely based on the 6 Series. The lordly stance it features is unmatchable.
Alpina’s detailing is found often, first right below the front bumper, then in the several badges located with elegance. We can also find the branding on the quad exhaust outlets. The massive 20-inch 20-spoke wheels are the classic addition from the German company, always appreciated.
We all know that it’s unique and marvelous style is something we should thank BMW, not Alpina. But according to this case, we must praise the work done by all the involved parties. Both the base M6 and the Alpina B6 enjoy an astonishing design, mainly focused on a lavish lifestyle, nothing else.
When we arrive at the cabin, the story is the same. Top-notch leather is abundant, wrapping almost every surface. The comfortable seats are wrapped with Amaro brown Merino leather while the Alpina myrtle wood trim is located on the dashboard and door panels. The rest of the elements inside deliver the same feeling. At the rear, passengers will enjoy a huge space to play around with all the fancy convenience items.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Alpina B6 is a really interesting alternative to the magnificent M6. Each one will fit different kinds of drivers, all of them quite wealthy. The pricing for the Alpina B6 starts at US$123.195, more than US$4.000 over the M6’s price tag.