Many new vehicles are being unveiled during the 2014 New York International Auto Show, but one of the best-looking of the bunch is the latest from boutique tuner Alpina. The unveiling was good news for BMW enthusiasts since it marks the second Alpina model that will be available for purchase in the United States (the B7 has been available for some time now). Of course it would be almost impossible for Alpina to flub the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, a car that many agree is the fairest Bimmer in the current lineup.
Even though the car is based on the M6 Gran Coupe, there are several important differences that make the Alpina offering compelling. The car is powered by BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine, with output topping out at 540 horsepower and 540 lb.-ft. of torque. That power, of course, is sent to all four wheels via an all-wheel drive system (hence, the xDrive portion of the model’s name). Working with an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, the engine propels the car from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds. The top speed is claimed at 198 mph, which you will just have to prove during your future test drive.
The exterior look of the new Alpina B6 is different in some subtle ways versus the M6 Gran Coupe. The car comes with 21-inch 20-spoke aluminum wheels, complete with Alpina insignias. The bumpers also differ in form, giving the car a less-aggressive and more sophisticated look. One of the biggest perks of buying an Alpina is that it is covered by the full BMW warranty and service program. The 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe (say that ten times fast) has a price tag of $118,225.