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2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/29/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 BMW Alpina B6 is a new addition the 6 Series range. Launch control has been added to the eight-speed automatic transmission, while Enhanced USB and Bluetooth plus smartphone integration is now a standalone option. Premium Hi Fi has been replaced with the Harman Kardon sound system and the price of night vision has been dropped by $300. Glacier Silver replaces Titanium Silver in the exterior color palette.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Alpina B6 is one of two performance variants based on the 6 Series. It is powered by a tuned version of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 rated at 540 hp and 540 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with all-wheel-drive. Fuel economy is decent at 16/24 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Acceleration is a strong point in the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 with plenty of power available from the car's V-8 engine, making passing and merging effortless even at high speeds. Despite its size, the Alpina B6 handles well thanks to its retuned chassis and larger 20-inch wheels. The car excels as a long range cruiser and can eat through miles and miles of highway with ease.

The Alpina B6's interior also gains some unique touches that separate it from the rest of the 6 Series lineup such as blue-faced gauges, Alpina floor mats, a plaque, and red or black wood accents. Buyers can also opt for regular or BMW Individual options, enabling them to personalize the according to their liking. Like all 6 Series Gran Coupes, the Alpina B6 only has seating for four passengers, making it less practical than other cars that, in a pinch, can seat five.

What We Think

The 2015 Alpina B6 provides a great balance between comfort and performance with its powerful engine and a well-tuned suspension that enables it to handle well without sacrificing ride comfort. In a First Drive review, we said that the car "tiptoed more gently than expected" over road imperfections even with its 20-inch wheels. However, its price of $118,225 including destination makes it pricier than the more powerful M6 and competitors such as the Audi RS 7. Additionally, not many are produced yearly, making the car a rarity.

You'll Like

  • Handles well for its size
  • Strong acceleration
  • Standard all-wheel drive, unlike M6

You Won't Like

  • More expensive than the M6
  • Seating only for four

Key Competitors

  • Audi RS 7
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S
  • Porsche Panamera Turbo
  • Jaguar XFR-S
  • Cadillac CTS-V

Rating

4 star

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