On March 4, BMW proudly proclaimed the launch of the new BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe in a press release posted to their media center. The car will first show its face to the American public during the New York International Auto Show in April.
Alpina has always been known to create stylish masterpieces from already luxurious BMW models, and the Alpina B6 Gran Coupe is no exception. The typical Alpina exterior features, if you can call them typical, include the 20-inch Alpina Classic 21-spoke rims and the aerodynamically functional front apron that blend seamlessly into the already sleek body of the 6 Series Gran Coupe. Stopping power comes from the large 14.7-inch diameter front brake rotors and 13.6-inch rears, cooled by NACA ducts running along the car’s underbody.
Accelerating from 0-60 mph is achieved in 3.7 seconds, with that small amount of time pushed to all four wheels by the 4.4-liter Alpina Bi-Turbo V8. The power, all 540 hp and 540-lb-ft of it, is channeled through an 8-speed automatic. Further sonic evidence of the might of this engine is heard in the tuned, stainless steel Alpina exhaust system.
The plush interior is wrapped with Lavalina leather, exclusive to Alpina vehicles only. Labor intensive hand stitching adorns the steering wheel, while Alpina Myrtle wood or Piano Black trim finishes are available to customers.
Once the car debuts at the New York International Auto Show, it will go on sale immediately after, priced at $118,225.