BMW just revealed the 2016 Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, which it says takes the four-door “coupe” model to a whole new level of performance. It’s also raising the bar for exclusivity, because the car is being produced in limited quantities and is a special-order model. In other words, don’t expect to see the vehicle sitting on the lot of your neighborhood BMW dealership, unless it’s being delivered to a customer.
Alpina adds several items to the exterior of the car to change its look, like a different front spoiler, front fascia, and a more muscular hood. The tuner also extracted even more power from the 4.4-liter Bi-Turbo V-8 engine, bumping peak output to 600 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque (those figures haven’t been finalized, so they’re likely to go up). According to Alpina, the power increase is from the addition of a revised air intake ducting and housing for the air filter, as well as a beefier fuel system. The car does 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds (a figure that also hasn’t been finalized), which would make it the quickest BMW Alpina that has ever seen the light of production. Coincidentally, that means the B6 xDrive Gran Coupe would be a worthy rival to the Dodge Charger Hellcat in a quarter-mile drag race. The top speed is also impressive at 200 mph.
Part of the car’s performance ability is attributed to the Switch-Tronic 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission Alpina adapted for its purposes, along with some help from ZF. The software and mechanical tweaks allow for fast upshifts under full load.
People who don’t know the Gran Coupe well should still catch on that the B6 isn’t the average version of the car. A “B6” insignia will be featured on the car’s B-pillar, while blue calipers with “Alpina” spelled out in white letters will help educate the masses.
The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe will be available for car shoppers to order starting in March of this year. Deliveries of the car will begin in June. Pricing information will be released as the official release date approaches.